CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Clearwater Threshers (68-47) took an early lead and cruised for an 11-4 win against the Brevard County Manatees (52-73) during the last Tuesday home game at Bright House Field. Starter Trevor May had a decent outing and was credited with his tenth win of the season.
The Manatees took the lead early in the first inning when Shea Vucinich powered a home run to left. Brevard received two more runs in the second when a sacrifice bunt plated Chuck Caufield followed by a double to right off the bat of Brent Dean sending Scott Kreiger home.
The Threshers response didn't take long though with a blowout inning which came in the second giving Clearwater eight runs. Travis Mattair scored first off the bat of Jiwan James. Cesar Hernandez, Troy Hanzawa and James all followed suit scoring three more runs during the next two at bats. Cyle Hankerd then hit a hard triple to center which plated Sebastian Valle, Brandon Tripp and Darin Ruf.
This lead became too much for the Manatees to overcome although they did score one more run in the third when a single to center from Kentrail Davis sent Vucinch home for his second run of the night.
Ruf had a strong night for Clearwater and pushed the lead even further scoring another run in the fourth off the bat of Hankerd and again in the sixth with an RBI double from Tripp. Jeremy Barnes also added to the victory when he was plated earlier in the sixth with a double from Ruf.
Brevard starter Austin Ross was charged with hit fourth loss giving up eight runs on six hits in only one inning pitched.
May was credited with his tenth win of the season giving up four runs on four hits in six innings of work. He also continues his lead with eight strikeouts on the game.
The Threshers continue the series against Brevard tomorrow sending out Jonathan Pettibone to face Evan Anundsen. Gates will be opening at 6 p.m. with first pitch slated for 7 p.m. Tomorrow's promotion will feature Happy Hour and Silver Sharks.