The Phillies’ Florida State League baseball team returned to its former home, Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, on Sunday. This time as the visiting team. They lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays 2-1. Toronto’s FSL farm team is playing most of its home schedule at Jack Russell while Dunedin Stadium is under going a renovation during the 2019 season.
When Clearwater last played at Jack Russell Stadium back in 2003, they were known as the Clearwater Phillies. They moved to then brand new Brighthouse Field in 2004 and became the Clearwater Threshers. The name of their home field was changed to Spectrum Field in 2017. We have a vlog on the history of the Phillies at Jack Russell HERE and an overview of the stadium with its monuments walk HERE.
The Threshers Nick Maton led off the game with a base hit but was stranded there. Watch HERE. The Blue Jays answered with two runs on four hits and a walk in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-0 lead. They made the score hold up until the top of the ninth when the Threshers were able to put a run on the board with a base hit by Danny Mayer, a Madison Stokes double and a wild pitch. The tying run was left stranded to end the game as Jose Alastre and Nick Maton both struck out.
Though Threshers starter Kyle Young struggled in the first inning he settled down and retired the last ten batter he faced before leaving after four innings. Watch two of his three strikeouts HERE.
Catcher Colby Fitch came within with a foot or so of homering in the fourth with a long fly ball to right which was caught at the base of the fence. It would have likely been off the wall or a home run at Spectrum Field which is only 330 feet down the line to right. At Jack Russell it is 340 ft. down both lines. See HERE.
The Threshers start the season losing three of four games to the neighboring Blue Jays and for last place in the FSL North. They are third in team batting average in the FSL hitting .243 but dead last in pitching with a 5.43 team ERA. They hope to rebound with a four game set starting Monday night in Lakeland against the Flying Tigers.