Clearwater Threshers Split Double Header With Lakeland Flying Tigers

After just one-half inning of play on Sunday the Clearwater Threshers v Lakeland Flying Tigers was suspended by rain. The Clearwater Threshers left the park with a 2-0 lead on a 2-RBI double from Matt Spencer.

The game was completed as part of a double header on Monday. Edgar Garcia took the mound in the continuation and pitched nearly flawlessly for five innings giving up just one hit and no runs with four Ks through the first five frames. Unfortunately the Tigers broke out in the sixth inning getting four straight singles to start the sixth inning plating two runs to tie things up before Garcia was able to escape the inning.

In the eighth inning the Clearwater Threshers would re-take the lead when Adrian Cardenas led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a sac bunt from Gus Milner, took third on a sac fly by Matt Spencer, then scored on a balk by Lakeand’s pitcher.

The lead would prove short-lived however when the Flying Tigers broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the seventh on a grand slam after two walks, and an error loaded the bases.

Not content to sit back and watch the game wither away, the Clearwater Threshers rallied for three more runs over the eight and ninth innings, but fell short in the end 6-5.

Adrian Cardenas earned player of the game for going 4-5 in the game with two runs to extend his hitting streak to four games, and send his batting average to .529 on the year.
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In the second game of the evening the Clearwater Threshers once again jumped out on top first scoring in the second inning when Gus Milner singled, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error then scored on an RBI single from John Urick. They would add another run in the fifth inning to go up 2-0. This time the run would come by way of a walk to Quintin Berry who then stole second, stole third, and scored on a balk. (That has got to be a first for the team to get two scores on balks in one night.)

The Flying Tigers narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the sixth with a solo home run off of reliever Brett Harker. The Clearwater Threshers would add an insurance run in their final at bat to go up 3-1 when Carlos Leon reached on an error, then scored on a double from Alan Robbins, and the run would prove to be much needed as the Flying Tigers grabbed a home run to start their final at bat to cut te lead to 3-2. Fortunately closer Brian Shclitter recovered quickly and got the Threshers out of the game with a much needed win under their belts.

Alan Robbins would pick up player-of-the-game honors in the second game for picking up his first hit of the year good for the game winning RBI.

The team will return home on Tuesday to begin a six-day homestand with the Fort Myers Miralce Tuesday through Thursday, and then these same Flying Tigers through the weekend.

 

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