It has not been easy but the Clearwater Threshers are over .500 at 25-23 with two weeks to go to mid-season. It’s been a long struggle but thanks to catcher Abrahan Gutierrez and first baseman Rixon Wingrove the Threshers won on Sunday to get over the hump in downing the Daytona Tortugas 4-3 in 10 innings.
The most valuable player has been Gutierrez. Since early June he has caught two, five inning no-hit, no run games including a five inning “El Perfecto” by Rafael Marcano early and a five inning “no-no” by Mick Abel on Saturday night. In both games, the pitcher faced the 15 batter five inning minimum. The second was thanks to Gutierrez throwing out a runner who had walked to lead off the game. The runner attempted to steal second base in the first inning of Saturday’s game.
Gutierrez has hit an amazing .340 with runners in scoring position this season. He is 3 for 6 in extra inning games and 6 for 17 in games close and late so far. He is tied for the team lead in June with Wingrove with each having 15 RBIs for the month.
In Sunday’s game, Wingrove homered going the other way into the tiki bar seats in left. It was his fifth homer in June and a career high sixth for a season. In Saturday’s game he went the other way too, by hitting a run scoring double down the third base line to beat the shift to help in the Threshers in the 5-2 win.
If Gutierrez and Wingrove continue to hit and play as they have in June they should be top candidates to get call-ups to a higher level before the end of the season.