Raul Rivas hit a, no-doubt-about-it, walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning to win a closely fought 5-4 game against the Dunedin Blue Jays. The win allowed the Threshers to maintain a four game lead over the Lakeland Flying Tigers for first place and a playoff spot in the FSL Norther Division with only 11 games to go.
The home run was only Rivas’s second of the season, watch HERE. His first homer came back on April 10th, the fifth game of the season. Last night he also hit a RBI double in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1. Watch HERE.
Rivas broke out of his big slump in August going only 8 for 42 until last night. Even with his two hits, he is still hitting only .217 this month.
Rivas has hit well with runners in scoring position this season. He has gone 21 for 74 for a .284 batting average with RISP.
The win went to Addison Russ who in now 4-0 for the Threshers. He picked up the win after allowing a two-out run to score to tie the game on a double when he came on in relief in the top of the ninth. For Russ, it was his first blown save of the season after going 13 for 13 for Lakewood to start the season. Until last night, he was 12 for 12 in save opportunities for Clearwater.
Good teams find a way to win. Raul Rivas was the one who found it for them last night at Spectrum Field. The Threshers are now 16-6 in August in their relentless drive for the post season.