Strong pitching and timely hitting are the key parts of any win. The Clearwater Threshers 5-1 win over the Daytona Tortugas Tuesday night was no different.
I have been unable to figure out all season what role the Threshers starting pitcher Felix Paulino plays for the Threshers pitching staff. He has a save to his credit when he came in late in one game earlier in the season but that was it for that role. Usually he has come in middle relief this season. Now he is being also used as a spot starter. In three starts this season including last night’s game, he has been strong in that role too.
Paulino is in his fifth season in the Phillies organization and has been primarily a starter up until this season. He will be Rule Five eligible this December. Certainly some other major league organization could use a starting pitcher who is only 23-years-old and as a starter in three games this season has pitched to a 0.60 ERA allowing only one run in 15 innings.
Last night he was sitting his fastball at 93-95 mph to go with a good change-up and slider mix. Certainly major league stuff! Watch Paulino’s four strikeouts HERE from his six inning, one run start last night.
Mickey Moniak’s two-run homer was all Paulino needed to get his first win of the season. His power is all of the sudden developing. He has hit three homers in his last nine games after hitting only one homer in the entire first half of the FSL season. Watch Moniak’s long home run to right which went out of Spectrum Field to give the Threshers a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, HERE.
Kevin Markham sealed the win for the Threshers in the fifth inning when he bounced a hit for a double over the first baseman’s head down the right field line to drive-in two more runs. When the Tortugas right fielder booted the ball, the speedy Markham circled the bases for the Threshers fifth and final run, watch HERE.
Blake Quinn and Addison Russ came on out of the pen to shutdown the Tortugas the rest of the way. Russ struck out the last two in the ninth to preserve the 5-1 win.
The strong starting pitching of Felix Paulino plus a shutdown bullpen, the emerging power bat of Mickey Moniak and the bat and legs of Kevin Markham were all the Clearwater Threshers needed for their third straight win and second in a row over the Daytona Tortugas.