After the first 15 games of the season the Clearwater Threshers have been the quintessential .500 club. They have been either at .500 or a game below or above.
The problem of late has been no offense. The Thresher have scored only three runs in the last two games.
Last night they went down 6-2 to fall a game below .500 but starting pitcher Jordi Martinez stood out. The twenty year-old looked like the real deal with his 94 mph fast balls and mid to low 80’s off speed pitches in three shutout innings.
It took Martinez only 41 pitchers to dispatch the Dunedin Blue Jays. He was touched up for three hits but struck out three with no walks.
Left handed power hitter, Rixon Wingrove, finally started to show some pop with the bat. He hit a line drive double to right and came around to score on an infield throwing error in the eight inning when the Thresher scored their two runs.
Wingrove has been a big disappointment this season. He was one of the leaders in homers in the very short Australian Baseball League last season but he has yet to go deep this season for the Threshers.
Rixon’s problem is that he swings at too many pitches out of the strike zone. He has struck out 19 times in 39 at bats this season. Let’s hope he can finally start producing with some power hitting like he did last night with a double.
If the Threshers are ever to stay over .500 this season by playing competitive baseball, they still will need even more help than just from Jordi Martinez and Rixon Wingrove.