July 20, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - Clearwater Threshers
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ranger Suarez breezed past the Blue Jays on Tuesday, matching a career-high with 10 strikeouts in Clearwater's 6-0 victory over Dunedin at Spectrum Field.
Suarez (1-0) earned his first win as a Thresher after blanking Dunedin on five hits and a walk through six innings. The 21-year-old lefty has not surrendered a run and has struck out 17 batters across 10 innings of work since joining Clearwater.
The Threshers (51-42, 13-10) launched three home runs in the series-opening win, with Jan Hernandez, Deivi Grullon, and Grenny Cumana all going yard. Cornelius Randolph extended his on-base streak to 27 with a sinlge in the eighth inning, and is now just one short of the longest such run in the FSL this season.
Hernandez lifted Clearwater to the early lead in the second inning, clubbing one beyond the centerfield wall just to the right of the batter's eye to make it 1-0 Threshers. Hernandez's home run was his career-high 12th of the season.
Grullon followed suit in the fourth, this time with a two-run shot to left for his eighth of the year, boosting the Clearwater lead to 3-0.
Dunedin (46-48, 12-13) brought the tying run to the plate in the sixth, after Bo Brochette reached on an infield hit and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. knocked a broken-bat single to center. Suarez went to work inducing strikeouts of Max Pentecost and Juan Kelly, before getting Cavan Biggio to fly out to left to end the threat.
Clearwater tacked on another off Ryan Borucki (6-5) in the bottom half. After Wilson Garcia singled with two down, Grullon sent a drive to the warning track in right that was dropped by right fielder Conor Panas, scoring Garcia to make it 4-0.
Cumana got in on the action in the bottom of the seventh, facing reliever Ryan Cook . Down in the count two strikes, Cumana snuck one over the wall in left for his second home run of the season, and the fourth of his professional career.
Luke Leftwich hurled two scoreless innings in relief, and Jeff Singer worked around three walks to toss a scoreless ninth. The combined shutout was Clearwater's ninth of the season.
The series swings over to Dunedin on Wednesday, with first pitch at 11 a.m. Jacob Waguespack (6-3) takes the hill against Jordan Romano (4-5), and the game will be broadcast live on threshersbaseball.com starting at 10:45 a.m.