The Clearwater Threshers’ right fielder, Jhailyn Ortiz, came up big last night by driving-in four runs with a two-run, broken bat double and a two-run homer into the seats in front of the Tiki Bar in left for a 7-4 win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Watch the Ortiz extra base hits HERE. He now has hit three homers in his last four games.
Starting pitcher Ethan Evanko gained his first Florida State League win by pitching five shutout innings of one-hit ball. He left with a 6-0 lead. The Stone Crabs rallied for all its runs in the 6th and 7th innings to get to within two runs at 6-4. This came at the expense of Jake Kinney making his FSL debut.
Daniel Brito went deep to right for his first homer of the year. The ball landed on the right field berm in the eight inning to tack on the seventh run, watch HERE. After a slow start to the season, the Threshers’ second baseman has come on strong in his last ten games hitting .343.
Several other Thresher factored prominently in the 7-4 win. Leadoff hitter Simon Muzziotti doubled in the first inning and came around to score on a Matt Vierling sacrifice fly. Muzziotti also cut down a runner from deep center field attempting to tag from first to second on a sacrifice fly. This limited the damage in the big three-run Stone Crab sixth inning. With strong throws from third to first for the outs, third baseman Alec Bohm made two major league plays on ground balls hit to his right. Jake Scheiner hit a RBI single in the 4th inning. Grant Dyer came on in the ninth touching 94 mph for his second save of the season.
Again the Threshers used home run balls for the win. After the two homers in the game, the team now has hit 30 in 41 games. They have hit 12 homers in their last 7 games and now lead the FSL in homers. They have just finished up winning eight of ten games to get back into the FSL’s Northern Division race in part because of their recent power surge in home runs.