Sunday afternoon games have been exciting this season at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. Today’s game was no exception. We had all kind of story lines in the game. The best of course was a 4–1 Threshers win over the St. Lucie. They remain in first place in the FSL North by a game and a half over Dunedin with 20 games to go.
Most Sunday games at Spectrum Field barely draw over a thousand fans but today’s game was buzzing with Mets fans all over the place. The crowd was announced at over 2,100 because the New York Mets David Wright made his 2018 debut at third base rehabbing for St. Lucie. Last season, Tim Tebow brought in 24,000 in total to Clearwater for a mid-week, four-game series with the Mets.
Wright had more than he could handle as Mauricio Llovera struck him out twice. In his third at bat, he did drive a hard hit ball to left but it was was caught by Luke Williams. Watch Wright’s first strikeout, HERE.
Llovera showed he has major league stuff in striking out Wright particularly in his first at bat. His fastball was sitting at 95-96 mph topping at 97 mph with a change-up and slider mixed in. In his last three starts, he has gone 2-0, allowing only nine hits and five runs in 18.2 innings while walking only 2 and striking out 24.
Rehabbing for the Phillies was recently acquired DH, Wilson Ramos, who might be the Phillies every day catcher sooner than originally thought. Ramos hit three straight doubles, one to to each field, in his first three at bats. Watch HERE.
Threshers catcher Henri Lartigue is known as Mr. Sunday around Spectrum Field. According to Lindsey Settlemire of the Threshers staff, he is now hitting .455 in nine Sunday games this season after going 2 for 3 today. Read HERE. Henri did not disappoint, as he singled to drive in Ramos from second for the first Threshers run to tie the score at 1-1 in the fifth inning. Watch HERE.
After getting a go ahead run in the sixth, the Threshers pushed two more runs across in the seventh on base hits by recently promoted Daniel Brito and Kyle Martin. The left-handed hitting Brito pulled his base hit to right. It was the first time I saw him pull a ball since his call-up. Watch HERE.
The Threshers have shown, for the most part, a shutdown bullpen. Today was no exception as Jonathan Hennigan and Jakob Hernandez pitched a shutout seventh and eight inning respectively. Addison Russ made it 10 saves in 10 opportunities in the ninth for the 4-1 win.