It seemed like a night/day doubleheader. The Clearwater Threshers defeated the Tampa Tarpons by identical 4-3 scores in each game. Each game took three hours to complete. Last night, I got home after the game at 11:00 p.m. and was back at it for another three hour game this morning starting at 10:30 a.m. with an hour rain delay thrown in for good measure.
Last night, the Threshers broke a 3-3 tie in the tenth inning on a base hit down the third base line by Austin Listi who had homered earlier in the game. Watch HERE.
In today’s game the Threshers came from behind on a splash-down, bases loaded single by Adam Haseley in the bottom of the ninth. Watch HERE.
The Threshers received strong starting pitching from Adonis Medina last night and Mauricio Llovera this morning but neither figured in the decisions. Medina pitched six, five-hit, no-run innings striking out five. Llovera also went six innings firing one-run, three-hit ball striking out nine.
Strong relief in last night’s game came from two shutdown innings each from lefties Jakob Hernandez and Josh Tols. Josh pitched a couple of no-hit, no-run innings to get the win. Watch his big curve ball strikeouts HERE.
The big surprise in the three games with Tampa has been the play of left fielder Grenny Cumana. With a game still to go Thursday night, Grenny has gone six for ten with two RBIs in the four game Tampa series
Cumana was relegated to the back fields of extended spring training until Monday. In last night’s game he drove in a key run and scored the winning run and in today’s game he turned a hit-by-pitch before the rains came into scoring the game tying run after the rains passed in the eight inning. Watch HERE.
It is odd that the Threshers are playing some of their best baseball of this season without home run hitting, first baseman Darick Hall who was called up to Reading, June 1st; centerfielder Mickey Moniak who can be seen on the bench but not in the lineup and Bailey Falter, who was the Threshers best starter most of the first half but was passed over in his last scheduled start.