August 5, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - Clearwater Threshers
JUPITER, Fla. - Emmanuel Marrero finished a home run short of the cycle, and the Threshers put up six runs to back a strong start from Franklyn Kilome in a 6-1 victory over the Palm Beach Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.
Marrero and Wilson Garcia both collected three hits, and Kilome delivered six innings of one-run ball in the win.
Over the last seven games, Threshers starters have allowed just seven runs (five earned) across 39 innings for a 1.15 ERA.
After Cardinals starter Connor Jones (7-5) retired the first eight batters of the ballgame, Marrero smacked a triple off the right field wall with two outs in the third. Mark Laird chopped a high comebacker to the hill, and Jones rushed a wild throw to first that allowed Marrero to score the game's first run.
Clearwater (60-51, 22-19) opened the fourth inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases. Jones struck out Edgar Cabral after a 12-pitch battle for the first out, and Grenny Cumana followed with a grounder to third baseman Leobaldo Pina .
Pina's throw to second forced out Derek Campbell, but the relay to first from Andy Young got away allowing both Garcia and Jan Hernandez to score. Marrero followed with a double to left-center to plate Cumana and make it 4-0 Threshers.
Palm Beach (59-48, 19-21) pushed across its lone run against Kilome in the fifth, after Pina and Blake Drake opened the frame with a pair of singles. A wild pitch advanced the runners, and Jose Martinez 's grounder to second scored Pina to bring it to 4-1.
Clearwater got that run back in the sixth.
Campbell and Cabral got it going with back-to-back singles before Cumana bunted into a force out at third. With two down, Laird walked to load the bases, and Cornelius Randolph pulled a hard grounder past second to score Cabral before Cumana was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Thomas Spitz to end the frame.
Kilome (6-4) finished off six strong innings, holding the Cardinals to just one run on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Aaron Brown took over in the seventh and tossed two scoreless innings in relief. He showcased a low-90s fastball and slider in his third outing for Clearwater as a pitcher, allowing one hit and a hit batter. Luke Leftwich took it home with a perfect ninth.
Game three of the four-game set will be on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on threshersbaseball.com starting at 5:15 p.m. Clearwater's starter is TBA, while the Cardinals will send Mike O'Reilly (1-0) to the hill