The ninth inning of a tie game often defines a team. Is it made up of winners or losers. Without a doubt, Tuesday night’s game at Spectrum Field proved that the Clearwater Threshers are “winners” if a guy named Darick Hall is at the plate and the game is on the line.
The Threshers fell behind early but battled back to tie the game in the fourth inning 2-2. The Thresher bullpen refused to break as they shutdown the Ft. Myers Miracle the rest of the way.
Felix Paulino and Blake Quinn pitched two innings each of shutout baseball in relief of starter Connor Seabold. Aaron Brown came on in the ninth to strikeout the side and set up the bottom half of the inning. Watch Brown’s three strikeouts, HERE.
The two hottest hitters in the Threshers lineup, Austin Listi and Darick Hall were due up in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Miracle’s pitcher Ryan Mason was unhittable at that point retiring all nine Threshers batter he faced since coming on in the bottom of the sixth. He got Listi to pop up to the catcher and it looked like the Threshers were headed to another tenth inning runner on second to start the extra inning scenario. A situation which they have yet to win in two tries this season.
But first, Mason had to deal with Darick Hall who led the Florida State League in home runs at the time with six. It was walk off time and “Big D” delivered. He drove the first pitch he saw down the right field line. The ball cleared the foul pole in fair territory and bounced off the paved walkway beyond, watch HERE. For Hall it was his seventh home run in 18 games in April. The blast walked off the Miracle in a 3-2 Threshers win.
It will be one of those games any fan who was there will never forget. We know it is just a matter of time before Hall moves on up in the Phillies organization but what an April it has been watching “Big D” hit the long balls. Six of his seven homers in the month have come at Spectrum Field to lead the Florida State League in home runs
When Darick arrives at Citizen Bank Park some day-batting in the same lineup as Rhys Hoskins, we can say we watched both of them provide the very best in baseball at the plate and at first base in the Florida State League with the Clearwater Threshers.
Tuesday night’s game was a game we will never forget!