Connor Seabold threw the first complete nine-inning game of the season for Clearwater and Grenny Cumana made his 2018 season debut “a night to remember” as the Threshers downed the Tampa Tarpons 4-1 at Spectrum Field.
The Threshers win was one of the best played games of the season. Seabold went the distance needing only 105 pitches. He struck out nine along the way to improve his record to 3-4 on the season. In his last ten starts, he struck out 59 in 59.2 innings of work. Watch him strikeout the side in the second inning, HERE.
He was the Threshers opening day starting pitcher and after slow beginning, he is coming into his own as the season approaches the halfway mark. After last night’s effort he lowered his ERA to a season low 3.90, allowing only three hits and one run.
Grenny Cumana held a big welcome back party for the fans after spending the beginning of the season up to last night on the back fields of extended spring training. He showed off his hit tool by getting two base hits including driving in a run with his first hit in the third. Watch his hits, HERE.
Even more remarkable was what he did with his fielding tools in left field. After playing 357 games in the infield, Grenny was making only his 11th start in left field in his Phillies minor league career which started in the Venezuelan Summer League back in 2013. He had not played in left since five starts there in the 2016 season with Lakewood.
Grenny played left field like he was meant to be there all along. He made a shoestring catch on a sinking pop fly in left center in the fifth inning and fielded a line drive single on the warning track, turned and threw out the runner at second trying stretch it into a double in the sixth inning. It was his first ever outfield assist.
Last night’s game was all about Connor Seabold pitching a rare nine-inning complete game and Grenny Cumana making a spectacular 2018 debut with his bat at the plate and with his glove and arm from the outfield in left.