It was back to the future at Jack Russell Stadium last night where the Clearwater Threshers downed the Dunedin Blue Jays 5-2 in a really good baseball game.
Maton drove in the third and what turned out to be the winning run on a base hit in the seventh inning and played outstanding defense at shortstop. He was helped by a two-run double by Ben Aklinski in the sixth to allow the Threshers to take a 2-1 lead and Matt Vierling’s tack-on, two-run double in the ninth for the final 5-2 outcome. Watch the RBI hits by Aklinski, Maton and Vierling HERE.
Maton was cited for his play last night in today’s MLB’s Top Prospect Performers column with the opinion, “Maton doesn’t have any tools that jump off the page, but he does have the chance to have four at least average tools.”. Well MLB, Nick played more than average last night!
Nick made an inning ending throw from short in the seventh to keep the Blue Jays off the board. Another great play was made by Simon Muzziotti in center. Showing tremendous range, he ran down a long drive to left-center to deny an opportunity for a potential Blue Jays run in the sixth inning. Watch HERE.
Maton went 3 for 4 with a walk to raise his overall average to .280. He has now gone 8 for 15 in his last four games. For the season, he is currently hitting .522 (12 for 23) with runners in scoring position. That is more than above average!
Starter Andrew Brown pitched his best game of the year for his second win going six innings allowing only one run and three hits. He struck out four to lower his ERA to 7.43. Watch several strikeouts HERE. Closer Jonathan Hennigan came on for the save. He is now 6 for 6 in save opportunities. Watch his last strikeout HERE.
The Threshers resume play tonight and Saturday night at 6:30 in rematches with the Blue Jays at historic Jack Russell Stadium, the former Phillies spring training and Florida State League team home.