It was a game that seemed under complete control of the Dunedin Blue Jays. They took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth with two outs. The Clearwater Threshers looked listless and disinterested for most parts of the game. Only an error by Blue Jays second baseman Bradley Jones on a hard hit ball by Austin Listi kept the Threshers hopes alive.
The No. 1 power hitter in minor league baseball was lurking in the in the on deck circle and came to the plate. The wind was blowing out to right. No team would want to face Darick Hall in those conditions.. But the tying run was still in the on deck circle.
Hall stepped to the plate and worked Jays relief pitcher Will Ouellette until he got his pitch and did he ever get it. It was a fastball down the heart of the plate and Darick did not miss it. You knew the ball was gone once it left his bat. Watch HERE.
It was another no-doubt-about-it home run from “Big D”. The ball hit high up on the berm in right center in front of the flag poles to bring the Threshers back into the game, down 3-2.
The Threshers were able to get the tying run to the plate but Mickey Moniak popped out to the shortstop to end the game.
Tonight, the bottom of the ninth was almost magical to watch as Hall hit his tenth homer in only 99 at bats this season. Right before our eyes from our front row seats, we have been privileged to see a future major league super star put on special shows for us night after night this season.