The Clearwater Threshers downed the second place Lakeland Flying Tigers on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and came out on Thursday looking for the series sweep.
It didn’t take the team long to go on top thanks to a two-run HR from Tuffy Gosewisch in the second inning that put the team on the board early. Lakeland would answer with a run in the third to cut their deficit in half, but the Threshers picked up a run in the fourth to regain a two run advantage when Fidel Hernandez picked up an RBI to score Kevin Mahar for his second run of the game. After four innings it was Threshers 3, Lakeland 1.
The Threshers who have suddenly become an offensive juggernaut were not yet done on the night. In the fifth inning the team took advantage of an error with two singles and a walk to plate two more runs and take a 5-1 advantage after 4 1/2 innings of play. Meanwhile Drew Naylor was taking care of business for the Threshers from the mound. Through six innings he had surrendered nine hits, but countered that with nine Ks to shut down the Flying Tigers’ hopes at every turn.
Did I mention that the offense has been on fire?
In the eighth inning the Threshers tacked on five more exploding out to a 10-1 lead. The Lakeland squad would get a mini-rally in the ninth picking up three off of reliever Be Pfinsgraff, but that was too little far too late as the Threshers reigned supreme in the end.
Threshers bullpen pitcher Brian Schlitter was traded to the Chicago Cubs today by the Phillies & Quintin Berry extended his hitting streak to 24 games with his two hits in tonight’s game.
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