The Clearwater Threshers are using a rare three-man catching rotation in the Florida State League. Now in his third season with the Threshers, veteran catcher Edgar Cabral has only caught in four games and served as DH in five other of the 17 games so far this season. Last night his ability to hit two sacrifice flies, as the DH, was the key to the Threshers 2-1 victory over the Tampa Tarpons.
Danny Mayer, who has played in only 10 of the 17 games this season in the corner outfield positions, set up the two sacrifice fly RBIs by hitting a double in the second inning and scoring after hitting a triple in the fourth inning. Watch the Mayer extra base hits HERE.
Cabral hit into a sacrifice fly double play to score Jake Scheiner for the first Threshers run in the second inning. Mayer had doubled Scheiner to third but was thrown out trying to advance on the Cabral sac. fly.
Cabral then hit another sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. He drove in Mayer after his triple for the second run in the Threshers 2-1 win over the Tarpons.
The only run the Tarpons put on the board was an exciting inside-the-park home run off of reliever Connor Brogden in the sixth. The play could have gone either way at the plate but the Tarpons Dermis Garcia was ruled safe by the plate umpire. Watch HERE.
Threshers starting pitcher Andrew Brown came into the game with an 0-2 record and an ERA of over 10.00 but pitched five shutout innings to get the win. Closer Jonathan Hennigan pitched two shutout innings to get his second save in as many opportunities.
The Threshers are now in a three-way tie with the Tarpons and the Florida Fire Frogs, all at 6-11 at the bottom of the FSL Northern Division. The Threshers take on the Fire Frogs Monday night, at 7:00 pm, at Spectrum Field.