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Opening Night of the Clearwater Threshers: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

April 9, 2015

It was another beautiful night at Bright House Stadium in Clearwater, Florida. Perfect weather and everyone was excited to start the season on a good note after last year’s fiasco of a season.

While the final score was not what the crowd wanted, a 5-2 loss to the rival Dunedin Blue Jays, there was a lot of good to take away, a little bad, and some ugly.

The Good:

  • The highlight of the night and likely of the year, was a rare (first I’ve ever seen in person) TRIPLE PLAY! Mitch Walding to Drew Stankiewicz to Zack Green for a 5-4-3 triple play. To see this on the first night really gives me hope, even more amazing than if it was at the end of a season
  • Andrew Knapp went 3 for 4, including an RBI single.
  • Aaron Brown and Andrew Pullin each had hard-hit doubles.
  • No errors.

    Mark Leiter

    , Jr., making his debut as a reliever with two strike outs, including rehabbing Toronto Blue Jay

    Michael Saunders


    Brown strikes out during his first plate appearance.

  • Edubray Ramos got Saunders on a broken bat ground out to Mitch Walding, who threw out Saunders at first.
  • The Bad:

    • The game was lost on three home runs, with each pitcher, Matt Imhof, Leiter, and Ramos giving up one home run.
    • The Threshers were 1-8 with runners in scoring position.

    The Ugly:

    The Rest of the Phillies Pharm:

    Reading Fightin Phils game was snowed out in Portland, with top pitching prospect Aaron Nola slated to start.

    Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs lost 4-0 to the Pawtucket PawSox, committing a team-record 5 errors.

    Lakewood BlueClaws defeated the visiting Kannapolis Intimidators in walkoff style thanks to a Carlos Tocci single up the middle to score Grenny Cumana. Cumana, who had walked, then was sacrifed to second by Malquin Canelo, then Cord Sandberg was hit by a pitch to put men at first and second. Tocci then hit a single up the middle and Cumana scored the game-winner.

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