The Clearwater Threshers won last night against the Daytona Tortugas because of a sacrifice fly RBI. The sac fly may be a lost art but not for the Threshers Matt Vierling. He drove in what turned out to be the winning run with a sacrifice fly in a 3-2 victory.
The Threshers took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning. With a potential third run at third base and no outs, Vierling launched a fly ball to right to score Jhailyn Ortiz with what turned out to be the winning run.
For Vierling, it was the second time this week his sacrifice fly RBI was the difference. The Threshers won on Monday, 5-4 over Jupiter, thanks in part to Vierling driving in Simon Muzziotti for the the first run of the game on a sac fly in the first inning.
Vierling is proving you do not have to get a base hit to drive in runs to make a difference. This week, Matt has had three RBIs without the benefit of a base hit. In fact since going 3 for 4 back on June 2nd, Matt has gone 0 for 15 but he has three RBIs since then. Still, his two sac flies were the differences in two Threshers one-run wins during the period.
On the season, Vierling has five sacrifice fly RBIs. In major league baseball only the Braves Brian McCann with six has more sac flies than does Matt. On the Phillies, J.T. Raulmuto leads the team with three sac flies.
Matt Vierling has shown that situational hitting with a timely sacrifice fly can be just as important as a base hit for winning baseball.