Nothing beats the long ball and especially the three-run homer. That was the strategy the Clearwater Threshers used in downing the Daytona Tortugas 6-2 last night at Spectrum Field.
The homers off the power hitting bats of Henri Lartigue, Luke Williams and Jose Pujols along with the best pitching performance of the season from Alejandro Requena were the differences in the win.
The switch-hitting Lartigue got things started with a blast into the Tiki bar seats in left for his sixth homer of the year in the second inning to give for a 1-0 lead. He now has hit three round- trippers from each side of the plate this season. His blast gave Clearwater an early first inning 1-0 lead. Watch HERE.
The Threshers broke open a 1-1 tie in the fifth on Luke Williams three-run shot off the back wall of the Threshers bullpen in left center for a 4-1 lead. It was Luke’s second, three-run homer of his breakout season. It was his ninth of the year and eighth in his last 30 games. Watch HERE.
Jose Pujols put one up on the berm in left two batters later in the fifth for a 6-1 lead. It was his 13th homer in the 81 games he has played this season which is exactly half of a major league season. Watch HERE.
The Threshers Alejandro Requena pitched his best game of the season allowing only one run and striking out eight in six innings for the win. He would strike out the MVP in Monday night’s MLB Futures game, Taylor Trammell, three times. Watch two of his strikeouts of Trammell, HERE. Grant Dyer in relief would strikeout Trammell for a fourth time in the eighth inning.
If the two, three and four-hole hitters in the lineup can continue to hit long balls and the Threshers get starting pitching like they did last night, the final month and half of the season just might get interesting after all!