Threshers Take Down Mets in Rain-Shortened Win
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Clearwater Threshers rebounded from their shutout loss on Tuesday night with a 7-2 seven-inning win over the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday morning at Spectrum Field.
The offense for Clearwater (36-29) got off to a fast start in the first after Roman Quinn's one-out double. With the MLB rehabber running on the first pitch, Alec Bohm looped a ball to left to drive him in to make it 1-0.
Right-hander Julian Garcia (5-4) took advantage of the early lead by striking out two in a scoreless second. Clearwater added a run for their starter in the bottom half with Dalton Guthrie's sacrifice fly to center to score Danny Mayer.
St. Lucie (31-34) starter Dedniel Nunez (0-2) struggled through three frames with four runs allowed on eight hits, suffering his second loss of the season on Wednesday. Mets' starters have allowed a combined 11 runs in the series.
The Threshers added to their 2-0 lead in the third after Bohm scored on a wild pitch and Jhailyn Ortiz scored on a Colby Fitch double to right. Fitch exited in the game in the frame with an apparent leg injury.
Garcia started the game with three hitless innings before allowing a run on a double from Jeremy Vasquez. The 24-year-old would only allow one other run on a solo blast to right from Carlos Cortes in the sixth to make it 4-2.
It was another strong performance for Garcia, who picked up his second consecutive quality start with six frames of two-run ball. The 2016 10th-round draft pick allowed four walks and struck out five for his fifth win of 2019.
Clearwater pushed its lead even further in the sixth with three runs against reliever Kyle Wilson. After Ben Aklinski and Quinn walked, Bohm hit a ground ball to third that skipped past Blake Tiberi. Quinn scored on the third baseman's error. One batter later, Ortiz smacked a ball to deep center for a two-run double and gave the Threshers a 7-2. Clearwater scored its first runs against the St. Lucie bullpen in the series with the three-run sixth.
The game would enter a 30-minute delay in the top of the seventh and would go final with one out and a runner on. The Philadelphia Phillies' affiliate improved to 17-16 at home and 14-12 against teams in the Florida State League South.
The Threshers won 7-2 for the second time in the series against the New York Mets' affiliate. They have outscored St. Lucie 14-9 and have hit 12 extra-base hits through the first three games.
Clearwater closes out the first half with the series finale against St. Lucie on Thursday night at Spectrum Field. It is yet to be determined who will start for the Threshers against Mets' LHP Kevin Smith (3-4 3.48). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. with coverage beginning at 6:45 at threshersbaseball.com.
Thursday's contest features Taps & Tacos presented by Tijuana Flats. Fans can enjoy half price on all beverages in the ballpark and food from the T-Flats cart on the left field concourse.
The Lil' Anglers Kids Club will also be featured during the game. Designed for children 13 and younger membership includes admission to and a food voucher for Thursday home games, gifts and special club activities. Membership to the club, presented by Tampa Bay Times, is only $25 per child per season.
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