According to the Marauders play by play guy, “No bigger hit on the night than the two RBI double for Henri Lartigue”. Well, he said a double on MiLB-TV, but Lartigue’s two-run RBI hit was only a single. It was with two outs and on a 2-2 count with runners on second and third. The Threshers were trailing 6-4 in a “close and late” situation. It was the key hit to tie the score at six a piece in the eight inning. Watch HERE.
Two batters later, Kyle Martin would finish off the Marauders with a three-run homer to eventually win the game 9-6 for the Threshers. They had battled back from a 6-0 deficit after Threshers starter Adonis Medina gave up five runs in his two innings of work and reliever Blake Quinn was touched for another run in two subsequent innings.
Then, the Threshers bullpen would shutdown the Marauders over the final five innings. The Threshers fought back with a three spot in the sixth and put them away with six runs in the eighth inning.
Henri has done well in “close and late” situations this season. “Close and late” means: 1) the game is in the seventh inning or later, and 2) the batting team is either leading by one run, tied, or has the potential tying run on base, at bat, or on deck. He is hitting .269 on the the season and .267 in “close and late” situations. On the other hand, the other Clearwater catcher Edgar Cabral is hitting only .130 “close and late”
Even with Jose Pujols last night joining former Threshers, Adam Haseley, Austin Listi and Darick Hall in Reading, the Threshers keep chugging along. Last night, they belted out 12 hits and scored 9 runs to come from a six-run deficit to down the Pirates farmhands in Bradenton.