The Clearwater Threshers were kept off the board as ace Adonis Medina was hooked up in a classic pitchers duel with Domingo Robles of the Bradenton Marauders for seven innings. It was the Threshers bullpen and two manufactured runs in the bottom of the eight that were the difference in the 2-1 win last night a Spectrum Field.
Medina was brilliant, striking out 12 for the second time this season. He allowed only a run in the fourth inning, four hits and walked none. Watch HERE, Medina strikeout the side in the seventh inning, his final inning.
The key to the win was an unusual double play in the top of the eight and the Threshers down 1-0. With runners at first and third and no outs, first baseman Luke Williams fielded a ground ball and threw to second to get the runner. Arquimedes Gamboa threw home to get that runner for the double play. Then, reliever Alberto Tirado who came on in the eight registered a key strikeout to end the inning, Watch HERE.
With the Marauder starter out of the game, the Threshers went to work to manufacture two runs on a walk, a hit batter and a sacrifice bunt putting runners at second and third with with one out. Luke Williams came through with a base hit to center to score the tying run. Watch HERE. Then, Gamboa lifted a sacrifice fly ball to left to give the Threshers a 2-1 lead.
Jakob Hernandez came on in the ninth for a two strikeout save. Watch his final out HERE.
The first place Threshers are now four games up on the Lakeland Flying Tigers, who have moved into second place, for the final playoff spot in the FSL North with 17 games to go.