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Clearwater Threshers

After only two games, I walked away from Friday night’s Threshers game with a quote from one of my favorite movies, “Major League” stuck in my head. I quote Manager Lou Brown, “it’s starting to come together, Pepper, it’s starting to come together!

Last night, the club turned a triple play, Mitch Walding to Drew Stankiewicz to Zach Green. Today there was a sharp double play, Devin Lohman to Stankiewicz to Green.

This Clearwater team really has shown some spirit in the early going. When things have gotten tough, they seem to dig deep and push through, something last year’s team, which ended up 40 games below the .500 mark, could not do.

Whitehead had an outstanding first start on the mound for the Threshers.

Tonight, David Whitehead started on the mound. He was outstanding, going 6 innings: 4H, 0R, 1W, 8Ks. He looked really sharp in collecting the win.

Also of note, Domonic Brown made his second rehab appearance. First at bat, he flies out, and he struck out during the second.

The first scoring play came when Walding was caught in a rundown. Stankiewicz hit a screamer right at the pitcher, who lost his glove trying to field the ball. He threw the ball home, cutting off Walding. The catcher threw the ball to third and Walding started for home. The opposing pitcher, now without his glove, failed to cover home. Walding was able to score as the Jays tried unsuccessfully to get the out at second.

Lee Ridenhour, known as “Rocket Arm”, came on in relief of Whitehead. Ridenhour went 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0W and 2Ks to hold the game. He hit 93 on the gun and struck out both batters using his curve.

Ulises Joaquin came in to close. He struggled a little, but buckled down to secure the win.

With the win, the Threshers moved back to the .500 mark.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)

The IronPigs lost, 10-8, to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Chad Billingsley, getting in shape for the Phillies rotation, went 3 1/3IP, 4H, 3R, 1W, 4Ks and gave up 2HR.

Jason Berkin was charged with the loss, 3 1/3 IP, 8H, 5R, 1W, 1K.

The Pigs offense did have 8 runs on 13 hits, but the pitching let them down.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (AA)

The game was postponed due to wet fields that were the result of Thursday’s 3 inches of snow in the Portland area.

Lakewood BlueClaws (A)

This was a long one, going late versus the Kannapolis Intimidators. The game lasted 12 innings, with a final score of Kannapolis 4, Lakewood 3. The BlueClaws lost in the 12th on a fielding error by Malaquin Canelo. Lakewood out-hit Kannapolis 14-12, but were done in by their defense, as crucial errors cost them the game.

Starter Josh Taylor went 5 innings, struck out 7 and only gave up 1 run. Matt Hockenberry came in for three shut out innings in relief. Pitching contributions were also made by Alexis Rivero, 2 innings and Joey Donato 2 innings. Donato earned the loss.

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