After Tuesday’s 5-3 victory over the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Clearwater Threshers are off to a strong 6-2 record to start the second half. A couple of players have made major contributions to that start, including swing infielder Dalton Guthrie and catcher Rodolfo Duran.
Guthrie went deep in the fourth inning of the game in Lakeland with a three-run homer. The blast gave the Threshers a 5-1 lead and they went on to win 5-3.
Guthrie has been one of the most important players in the successful second half start for the Threshers. Playing in 6 of the 8 games, his homer gave him a six-game hitting cycle. He has gone 11 for 21 with three doubles, a triple and a homer in his last six games and raised his average from .193 to end the first half to .243 currently.
Guthrie’s homer was his second of the season. He hit his first homer was back on April 24th at Spectrum Field. See it below:
The other guy who stood out in Tuesday’s game was Duran. He drove in the Threshers first run in the first inning with a base hit to center. He then walked and scored on on a ground-rule double by Ben Aklinski in the fourth inning.
Duran is off to a good second-half start behind the plate as well. While he was catching in Saturday night’s game, against Daytona, three Threshers pitchers teamed up for a nine-inning, no-hitter. In Tuesday’s game with Duran flashing the signs again, Lakeland could muster only three hits off of three Threshers pitchers.
Including a no-hitter in the SAL playoffs last season with Lakewood, Duran has now caught two, nine-inning, no-hitters in his last 45 starts behind the plate. I doubt that few catchers have ever done that in a 45 game time frame in their careers.
Two players who are playing like major leaguer prospects right now are Dalton Guthrie and Rodolfo Duran. It’s a lot of fun following them to see where they might end up.