It was the battle of the aces, Adonis Medina for the Threshers and Patrick Murphy for the Dunedin Blue Jays and Murphy won. Each of them entered last night’s game at Spectrum Field with nine wins but the Dunedin ace shutout the Threshers on three hits in five innings of work to get the win. Medina allowed only four hits over six innings but one of them was a two-run homer.
We saw really outstanding starting pitching. Murphy had the better fastball locked in the mid-90’s while Medina at times showed his major league slider. His fastball sat in the low 90’s and topped at 95 mph especially on two strike counts. Watch two of Medina’s strikeouts HERE.
The Threshers showed little offense even against the Blue Jays bullpen in the 4-1 defeat. They finally did break through in the bottom of the eight on a line drive single down the left field line by the suddenly hot Raul Rivas, watch HERE. A line drive triple down the right field line by Arquimedes Gamboa scored Rivas, watch HERE.
Rivas played one of the best games defensively at third base that I have seen all season. He had four assists including a highlight reel play where he ranged far to the shortstop side to throw out the runner at first. Watch HERE.
Gamboa has been marred in a hitting slump much of the second half of the season. The 20-year-old shortstop finally squared up his hard hit triple but he had only hit .148 in July and is hitting .155 in August after posting .261 average in the first half of the season.
Despite the loss, the Threshers lost no ground to second place Lakeland who also lost last night. With ten games to go in the season the Threshers maintain a four game lead in the FSL Northern Division for the final playoff berth.
Tonight, the Threshers open a three-game series to bring the home season to an end against the Southern Division leading Charlotte Stone Crabs. The Tampa Bay Rays farmhands are protecting a one and a half game lead for the final playoff berth in the FSL Southern Division.