The Clearwater Threshers got a terrific pitching effort from Andy Cruse on Wednesday night, and some terrific hitting from Michael Taylor to down the Flying Tigers 6-4 with a dramatic ninth inning rally.
The team scored first with a run in the fourth inning when Michael Taylor scored on a Kevin Mahar single, but the Flying Tigers tied the game in their half of the inning to tie the game at 1-1. In the sixth inning the Threshers would again go on top as they picked up three runs to take a 4-1 advantage.
The 4-1 lead would hold until the eighth inning when the Flying Tigers rallied for three runs off of Matt Smith to tie the game at 4 runs each. Fortunately the Threshers offense had some gas left in their tank.
After two quick outs Jesus Villegas singled, and then scored the game winner when Michael Taylor picked up his third double of the game. Taylor would score on John Urick single to add an insurance run to make the game 6-4 and Matt German shut the Lakeland club down in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory.
Quintin Berry had two hits on the night to extend his hitting streak to 23 games, but he is still looking for his record setting 41st stolen base of the year.
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