The Clearwater Threshers finished another week with a 3-3 record and currently sit at 21-30 on the year twelve games out of first place with 19 games remaining until the end of the first half of the season. Barring a complete collapse by all five of the teams ahead of our club in the standings it seems unlikely that that team can secure a playoff berth in the first half of the season to try and defend their 2007 FSL crown. Of course as we say here just about every year, there’s always the second half .
Despite the team’s record the club is not as bad as their record would indicate. Offensively the team has made some strides while beginning to get some extra base hits which is certainly promising. After trailing the league most of the season they moved up three places to ninth (of twelve) in slugging percentage this week. Unfortunately the pitching also ranks ninth in ERA with a 4.11 mark on the year and the Threshers staff has surrendered the most HR in the league having given up 45 so far on the year while the offense has managed to hit just 23 HR of their own.
The week started with Joe Savery taking the mound and after struggling for so many games, he was very impressive with arguably his best outing of the year. Joe threw seven innings of baseball giving up just one run on five hits while fanning seven players and walking just one in route to a Threshers 5-1 win over the Daytona Cubs to end that series with a 2-2 split.
The team then headed to Vero Beach for a four-game set with the Devil Rays. Tyson Brummett got the start for the Threshers, but despite a nice pitching effort was tagged with his second loss in four starts while remaining winless at Clearwater as the team fell 2-0 in the game. In his four games since being promoted from Lakewood Tyson has thrown 26.0 innings with a 3.12 ERA. His line is 9R / 22H / 18K / 9BB and he has not given up more than three runs in a single game. Unfortunately the offense has simply not supported him as the team has scored a total of just five runs in the four games he has pitched.
The following night the Threshers were rained out at Vero and came back on Saturday night looking scheduled for a double header. In the first game of the night Andy Cruse got the nod in just his second start of the season. Cruse looked solid throwing four of the seven innings giving up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and just one walk. Brian Schlitter would throw two scoreless innings, and Joe Savery Brett Harker would throw the final scoreless frame as the Threshers won 6-2 in the game. The win was highlighted by home runs from Fidel Hernandez and John Urick.
Unfortunately rain began to fall again and the teams were unable to get the second game of the night in, and so they returned on Sunday afternoon again scheduled for two seven-inning games. In the first game of the day Edgar Garcia got the start but left the game with the team trailing 3-2 after just 3.2 innings of work. Dan Brauer came on in relief for 1.1 innings of work, and Sam Walls closed out the final inning with the Threshers rallying for four runs in the fifth inning punctuated by a home run from Adrian Cardenas to end the game with a 6-3 win for the team.
In the second game of the day Adrian Cardenas would add another home run, but this time it was not enough as the team fell 5-3 in the end. Zack Segovia got the start in the game, but Reymond Cruz suffered the loss when he gave up two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after the Threshers had rallied to tie the game at 3-3 in the top half of the frame.
After getting the day off on Monday for Memorial Day the Threshers were finally back in their home park on Tuesday to face the Dunedin Bluejays. Joe Savery would take the hill for the second time this week, and was looking to stay on track after his impressive performance last Wednesday night at Daytona. Unfortunately Savery immediately ran into trouble giving up three runs on four hits after just four batters in the game. He would settle down however, and the Threshers’ offense rallied in support of him to tie the game at 3-3. Unfortunately things once again unraveled for Savery in the fifth inning with the Jays picking up three more runs to go up 6-3. Bear Hill came in from the bullpen to get the Threshers out of the inning, but the Jays would follow that inning by tagging Hill for three runs in the sixth inning on two home runs to extend the Jays lead to 9-3. The following inning Matt German came out of the pen in relief and was initiated by the Jays offense by giving up another home run, the fourth of the game for the Jays, as they extended the lead to 10-3. German would end the game giving up no more runs over the final too innings, but the deficit proved too much for the offense to overcome as the team fell 10-4 in the end.