The Threshers used a four-run second inning to back Adam Morgan, who fired six shutout innings to earn his third win of the season. With the win, the Threshers improve to 6-6 in the second half of the season.
In the only half-inning that saw a runner cross the plate, the Threshers collected five hits off Brevad starter Jed Bradley to break the scoreless tie. With two outs, Cameron Rupp doubled home Jim Murphy for the first run to make it 1-0. Miguel Alvarez then followed with an RBI single, and two batters later Albert Cartwright ripped a two-run triple to center to make it 4-0 Threshers.
That would be plenty of support for Morgan, who yielded just three hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Hector Neris took over for Morgan in the seventh, hurling two scoreless innings of his own before giving way to Tyler Knigge in the ninth. Knigge allowed one single, but escaped the inning unscathed to preserve the shutout and send the Threshers to victory.
These two teams will play a series finale on Tuesday at 7:00pm, as the Threshers will tribute Independence Day by wearing special patriotic jerseys and having a tremendous post-game fireworks show. Gates open at 5:30pm.
The Threshers are the only team in the league to not have played a double-header this season... Austin Wright is now fifth in the league in innings pitched with 87... Only Bradenton has allowed more home runs than the Threshers... Only St. Lucie has committed more wild pitches.