Threshers Drop 13-Inning Affair, 3-2
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Clearwater Threshers offense surged to overcome a late deficit again on Monday night, but it was the St. Lucie Mets who outlasted Clearwater as the Threshers fell 3-2 in 13 innings at Bright House Field.
After being shutout through seven frames by Mets starter Mike Gibbons, the Threshers plated a run each in the eighth and ninth innings. After trading zeros into the 13th, Amed Rosario delivered a single off the wall in left to push home the decisive run against Cody Forsythe (2-2).
With Daytona losing to Fort Myers on Monday, Clearwater (32-32) remains five games out with just six left to play in the first half.
Down 2-0 into the eighth, Clearwater scraped across a pair of late runs to force extras.
Willians Astudillo opened the eighth inning with a single to left against reliever Kelly Secrest, and Chace Numata followed by sending a double to left to put two men in scoring position with nobody out.
After Secrest picked up a big strikeout of Mitch Walding, Angelo Mora broke up the shutout by lifting a sacrifice fly to center that pushed home Astudillo to cut the deficit to one.
Down to their final three outs, the Threshers again rallied in the ninth.
Andrew Pullin got it going by rolling a grounder through the right side, and Chase Harris entered as a pinch runner at first.
After Andrew Knapp was unsuccessful on a pair of bunt attempts, he swung away at a 1-2 pitch and pulled a sharp grounder fair down the third base line for a double. The ball was misplayed by left fielder Stefan Sabol in the corner, allowing Harris to score all the way from first base with the game-tying run.
Colin Kleven delivered another strong start for the Threshers, holding the Mets (33-31) to two runs on four hits and a pair of walks in his six innings. He has not permitted more than three runs in an outing since April 13.
Harold Guerrero, Jesen Therrien, and Ulises Joaquin combined to keep St. Lucie off the board for five frames in relief, and Forsythe worked a perfect 12th before the Mets brought home the go-ahead in the 13th.
The series will continue on Dollar Tuesday presented by Regions Bank, with first pitch at 7 p.m. Matt Imhof (2-1) will take the hill for Clearwater against St. Lucie's John Gant (0-0). The call can be heard live on the Threshers Broadcast Network starting at 6:45 p.m.
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