Clearwater Threshers Showed How to Win a 2-1 Game with Strong Pitching, Fielding and Hitting

If you want to watch how a game should be played, you would have wanted to watch last night’s Clearwater Threshers vs. Jupiter Hammerhead game. The Threshers won it 2-1 but it was not decided until late.

Both teams played error-from baseball including great infield players by the Threshers second baseman Daniel Brito early and right fielder Jhailyn Ortiz in the middle of the game. Third baseman Matt Kroon made two strong plays to end the game in the ninth inning.

Kroon also came up big to drive-in the first run in the fifth inning with a line drive single up the middle for a 1-0 Threshers lead. Madison Stokes home run in the sixth turn out to be the game winning hit in the 2-1 win.

It was the Threshers pitching that kept them in the game with the lead.  Starter Ethan Evanko had a no-hitter with two out in the seven inning before giving up a home run. He would strikeout six including his final strikeout in the bottom of the seventh with the tying and lead run on second and third bases.

Closer Keylan Killgore came on in the eighth. After giving up a double to open the inning, Killgore stranded the potential tying run at second by striking out the side. He retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his sixth save in six opportunities this season.

The Threshers 2-1 win was a Spalding Guide example of how baseball should be played with great pitching, good fielding and timely hitting resulting in a one-run win.

 

 

 

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The Threshers Could Come up with Only Two Hits and Were Shutout 1-0 in Wednesday’s Game

I was really looking forward to Wednesday’s afternoon Threshers game against Jupiter after Tuesday night’s thrilling walk off win. The game yesterday turned out to be a waste my time. They could muster only two hits and were shutout 1-0 by the Hammerheads. Read HERE.

The Threshers starting pitcher, Julian Garcia, did pitch a good game allowing only a home run and striking out six in six inning of work. His velocity on his strikeouts ranged between 81 mph and 91 mph.

Zach Warren came on and pitched the seventh and eight innings striking out three. Grant Dyer finished the game in the ninth striking out two more.

Catcher Rodolfo Duran made a nice throw to get a runner trying to steal second base.  He has yet to commit an error this season behind the plate. On the other hand, he has slumped badly this season with the bat. Last season for Lakewood, he hit 18 homers in the regular season and hit three more in the playoffs. So far this season he has no homers and is hitting only .202.

 

 

 

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Danny Mayer Hits a Three-Run Walk-off Homer For The Threshers 7-6 Win

Nothing beats a walk-off home run! Danny Mayer provided just that for the Clearwater Threshers with a stunning three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth for a 7-6 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads last night at Spectrum Field.

After an infield hit by Nick Maton and a walk to Colby Fitch, a suddenly hot Mayer hit a long fly ball down the left field line that split the uprights between the Tiki Bar roof and the left field foul pole for the walk-off winner.

Danny Mayer Hits a 3-Run Walk Off Homer

For Mayer, it was his third homer in his last eight games. In this stretch, the tall right-field power hitter has gone 9 for 27 (.333) with eight RBIs. Mostly a forgotten player until recently this season, Mayer was a 31st round draft pick in 2017. He will turn 24-years-old on June 25th and is coming quickly into his own.

Runs came in bunches in last night’s game. The Hammerheads jumped to a 6-0 lead after three innings with a 5 spot in the second inning off of starter Andrew Brown. Brown settled down and retired the final seven batters he faced before leaving after five innings.

The Threshers started their comeback by scoring four runs in the fourth inning thanks in part to a run scoring triple by shortstop Nick Maton and a two-run homer by DH, Matt Kroon.

Two innings of shutout relief work by both Tyler Carr and eventual winning pitcher Austin Ross kept the score 6-4 until the three-run, walk off blast by Mayer. The two relievers each struck out four in outstanding relief work.

It was a night of baseball that Threshers fans and Danny Mayer will never forget!

 

 

 

 

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Kyle Arjona and Keylan Killgore Out of the Pen Were Keys To Threshers 5-4 Win

Last night’s Threshers 5-4 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads was like you would draw it up on the chalkboard. The starting pitcher Alejandro Requena gets the win, middle reliever Kyle Arjona the hold and closer Keylan Killgore the save.

The Threshers built a 5-3 lead after three run fifth inning and in need of a shutdown inning in the top of the sixth. They got one from seldom used middle reliever Arjona. After Requena tired, Arjona came on with runners at third and first and induced a pop up and a strikeout to end the inning.

Then, Killgore came on in the eight inning with one out and runners on second and third and pitched out of the inning allowing only an inherited runner to score.  Using a 94 mph fastball, his last five outs were by strikeouts. Killgore is now 5 for 5 in save opportunities.

The Threshers managed to get five runs on the board thanks to a sacrifice fly by Matt Vierling in the first, a solo homer by Daniel Brito in the third and a strange inning in the fifth when a base hit by Jhailyn Ortiz resulted in a run and an infield single by Matt Kroon added two more runs. Watch Brito’s home run:

 

and Kroon’s infield hit:

Still it was shutdown relief pitching at the right moments in the game that was the difference in the 5-4 win

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Matt’s Back! Vierling Just Misses Going Deep Twice in Threshers 5-4 Defeat in Ten Innings

Matt Vierling had a tough month of May hitting only .247 with one homer. He was one of the hot bats for the Threshers in April hitting .310 with three homers. Thank goodness the calendar has moved on to June.

Matt Vierling

With a little better luck, Vierling could have hit two homers in the first Sunday game in June. He hit two balls off the top of the centerfield and left field walls that just would not leave Spectrum Field. Still, he went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the 5-4 ten inning loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Vierling has had a strong all around season so far. He was selected to the upcoming FSL All Star game based on his five tools. In addition to hitting .281 with four homers on the season, he has three outfield assists playing primarily in left field and has stole 13 bases in 16 attempts.

Madison Stokes

Madison Stokes did hit one out of Spectrum Field. The ball was hit into the bullpen in left center for his sixth homer of the season:

Colton Eastman

Clearwater’s starter Colton Eastman was impressive in his 6.1 innings charged with only two runs and striking out 8.  He relied on an off speed breaking ball to keep the Blue Jays hitters off balance for the most part. He struck out three of the first four batters he faced with a low 80’s breaking ball.

The Threshers open a four game series with Jupiter Monday night at Spectrum Field.

 

 

 

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Threshers Damon Jones Was Near Perfection in Two-Hit, 11 Strikeout Gem

It was the best pitched game we have ever seen in our eight years as Clearwater Threshers season ticket holders. Damon Jones was perfect by retiring the first 17 Dunedin Blue Jays batters in order Saturday night at Spectrum Field. He would finish up with a brilliant two-hitter facing only two over the minimum in seven innings of work to get his third win of the season.

Damon Jones

Jones just kept pounding the strike zone and finished up throwing only 91 pitches. He used a 94-96 mph fastball and a curveball to completely dominate the Northern Division FSL leading Blue Jays. He had at least one strikeout in each of his seven innings of work. Watch his 11 strike “threes” HERE.

Damon Jones

All Jones needed for the win was a solo home run by Danny Mayer in the fifth inning, watch HERE and two shutout innings by Keylan Killgore in the eight and ninth for the combined shutout. Killgore is now 4 for 4 in save opportunities this season and 14 for 14 in his Phillies minor league career.

Danny Mayer

Jake Scheiner’s double to left and a line drive single to right by Alec Bohm would add on two more insurance runs also in the fifth inning for the 3-0 win. Watch HERE.

Jake Schiener safe at home

The real story though was the brilliant effort by Jones who leads the FSL with 80 strikeouts in only 52.2 innings. He also leads the league with a 1.37 ERA.

After last night’s near perfect outing, it is time for Jones to move on up because he has nothing left to prove in the Florida State League. Read the game story including his post game interview, HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clearwater Threshers Ethan Evanko Was Strong on The Mound Even in Defeat

After a rocky first inning last night in which Even Evanko allowed two runs, one earned, he threw a quality start. Still, the Threshers went down to a 3-1 defeat to the first place Dunedin Blue Jays. The lefty pitched shutout ball the rest of the way and struck out seven in six innings of work. His out pitch was a devastating breaking ball. Watch HERE.

Ethan Evanko

The only Threshers run in the game came on a Jake Scheiner home run in the fifth inning, watch HERE.

Jake Schriner

In the month of May, Threshers shortstop Nick Maton wound up hitting .337  even though he was 0 for 3 last night.

Nick Maton

A hot hitter with the long ball in May was right fielder Jhailyn Ortiz. He hit six homers in the month. Watch an Ortiz line drive base hit last night, HERE.

Jhailyn Ortiz

The Threshers go back at it again tonight at 6:30 against the Blue Jays at Spectrum Field.

 

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