If you want to watch how a game should be played, you would have wanted to watch last night’s Clearwater Threshers vs. Jupiter Hammerhead game. The Threshers won it 2-1 but it was not decided until late.
Both teams played error-from baseball including great infield players by the Threshers second baseman Daniel Brito early and right fielder Jhailyn Ortiz in the middle of the game. Third baseman Matt Kroon made two strong plays to end the game in the ninth inning.
Kroon also came up big to drive-in the first run in the fifth inning with a line drive single up the middle for a 1-0 Threshers lead. Madison Stokes home run in the sixth turn out to be the game winning hit in the 2-1 win.
It was the Threshers pitching that kept them in the game with the lead. Starter Ethan Evanko had a no-hitter with two out in the seven inning before giving up a home run. He would strikeout six including his final strikeout in the bottom of the seventh with the tying and lead run on second and third bases.
Closer Keylan Killgore came on in the eighth. After giving up a double to open the inning, Killgore stranded the potential tying run at second by striking out the side. He retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his sixth save in six opportunities this season.
The Threshers 2-1 win was a Spalding Guide example of how baseball should be played with great pitching, good fielding and timely hitting resulting in a one-run win.