It was the best pitched game we have ever seen in our eight years as Clearwater Threshers season ticket holders. Damon Jones was perfect by retiring the first 17 Dunedin Blue Jays batters in order Saturday night at Spectrum Field. He would finish up with a brilliant two-hitter facing only two over the minimum in seven innings of work to get his third win of the season.
Jones just kept pounding the strike zone and finished up throwing only 91 pitches. He used a 94-96 mph fastball and a curveball to completely dominate the Northern Division FSL leading Blue Jays. He had at least one strikeout in each of his seven innings of work. Watch his 11 strike “threes” HERE.
All Jones needed for the win was a solo home run by Danny Mayer in the fifth inning, watch HERE and two shutout innings by Keylan Killgore in the eight and ninth for the combined shutout. Killgore is now 4 for 4 in save opportunities this season and 14 for 14 in his Phillies minor league career.
Jake Scheiner’s double to left and a line drive single to right by Alec Bohm would add on two more insurance runs also in the fifth inning for the 3-0 win. Watch HERE.
The real story though was the brilliant effort by Jones who leads the FSL with 80 strikeouts in only 52.2 innings. He also leads the league with a 1.37 ERA.
After last night’s near perfect outing, it is time for Jones to move on up because he has nothing left to prove in the Florida State League. Read the game story including his post game interview, HERE.