April 6, 2012 - The Clearwater Threshers dropped their home opener Friday night, falling by a final score of 5-0 versus Dunedin at Bright House Field.
The Clearwater offense was unable to muster any run support for starter Brody Colvin, who threw five innings in his 2012 debut. The team finished with just six hits total and went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
The Blue Jays notched a run in each of the first two innings, using an RBI double by Sean Ochinko in the first and a RBI single by Kevin Nolan in the second to go up 2-0.
Colvin settled down to fire two straight shutout frames, but the Blue Jays tagged him for two more runs in the top of the fifth. Top prospect Jake Marisnick led off with a double and scored when the next batter Jonathan Jones knocked an RBI single to left to make it 3-0. Jones would later score on a wild pitch to push the lead to 4-0.
The visitors tacked a run in the sixth for good measure, this one coming off Threshers reliever Garrett Claypool. Michael Crouse led off the frame with a triple and scored on a sac fly by Ryan Schimpf to make it 5-0.
Offensively, Cameron Rupp led the way for the Threshers, becoming the first Clearwater player to record a multi-hit game in 2012. He finished 2 for 4 on the night.
Clearwater relievers Jordan Whatcott and Juan Sosa looked extremely sharp in their 2012 debuts, each hurling a shutout inning to keep the Blue Jays from extending the lead late in the ballgame.
The Threshers are back in action Saturday at Dunedin for a 6:30pm matchup at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Lefty starter and top Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle will take the mound for Clearwater to try and lead the squad to its first win of the season.
Threshers lefty reliever Frank Gailey struck out the two Dunedin batters he faced in Thursday's road matchup...The Philadelphia native is plenty familiar with Florida Auto Exchange Stadium after spending parts of 2010 and 2011 as a member of the Dunedin Blue Jays... Brandon Tripp recorded the first Threshers hit of the season with a single in the second inning on Thursday... Pete Lavin recorded the team's first stolen base of the season when he swiped second base in the same game... Lavin also recorded the team's first hit at Bright House Field with a single in the bottom of the second on Friday.