Watching the Clearwater Threshers vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers game last night was not very interesting unless you are a fan of lots of strikeouts. Both teams struck out 15 times in 9 innings of regulation baseball. Not good.
No, the automated umpire was non in effect for this game so the strike zone did have some unpredictability. Still when only 12 of the 27 outs for both teams in regulation were determine by balls in play, it gets a bit ridiculous.
Thank God for the rule of placing a runner at second base to start the tenth inning of the tie 2-2 game or who knows how many strikeouts would have taken place before the game was decided. The game ended when Lakeland put up a 4 spot in the top of the tenth for a 6-2 win.
The inability of the players at the Low A ball level to put the ball in play makes for a boring game until the tenth inning when all the action takes place.
The Threshers started highly regarded 19 year-old pitcher Starlyn Castillo. He struck out four in three scoreless innings. He was remove with a 50 pitch count. His fastball topped out at 96 mph.
Castillo was piggybacked with 21 year-old, lefty Rafael Marcano who mixed a 78 mph curveball with a 93 mph fastball. He struck out 7 batters in 3.2 innings on 59 pitches.
Watch below the Castillo strikeouts and several of the Marcano strikeouts.