Nothing beats the long ball and shutdown relief pitching. The Clearwater Threshers proved that in its 9-6 come from behind win over the Daytona Tortugas Saturday night at Spectrum Field before a big Star Wars Night crowd of just over 6,000.
Matt Vierling’s four RBIs included a two-run homer in the first inning to get an early lead and a RBI single in the big four-run fifth inning tied up the game at 5-5, watch HERE. It was Jake Sheiner’s two-run homer later in the fifth inning that put the Threshers ahead for good at 7-5. Watch HERE.
The Tortugas could only muster an unearned run the rest of the way. Connor Brogdon came on with two out in the fifth and pitched 2.1 innings and closer Jonathan Hennigan pitched the final two innings. They each struck out three. Brogdon picked up the win to go 2-0 and Hennigan is now 5 for 5 in save situations. Watch a key strikeout to end the bottom of the sixth by Brogden, HERE and watch Hennigan’s two strikeouts in the ninth inning to close the game, HERE.
The win moved the Threshers into fourth place, 5.5 games behind the first place Dunedin Blue Jays, in the tight first half race in the FSL Norther Division.
Prior to the game Daniel Brito was awarded his Rawlings Gold Glove for his performance at 2nd base last season. You can watch the ceremony HERE.