The Threshers continue to roll in their solid start to the second half, improving to 16-10. They limited the opponents to just three hits, as three pitchers combined for the shutout win.
Both starting pitchers were excellent on Tuesday night, as Austin Wright hurled six shutout frames, allowing just two hits while striking out seven. Marauders righty Tyler Waldron was almost as good, as he went seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits.
Unfortunately for Waldron, one of those hits was a solo homer to left by Anthony Hewitt. Hewitt took Waldron deep in the bottom of the third inning, crushing a fastball beyond the tiki bar in left field for the 1-0 advantage.
That was all Wright would need over his six innings, as he turned the game over to righty Chris Kissock to start the seventh. Kissock fired two shutout frames of his own, and Jim Murphy's RBI double in the bottom of the eighth gave the Threshers some breathing room to make it 2-0.
Right-hander Mike Nesseth came on in the top of the ninth, allowing just one walk in an otherwise clean inning. He earned his second save of the season after blanking the visitors in Bradenton's final chance at the plate.
These two teams will face off for the final game of the homestand at noon on Wednesday.
Jim Murphy entered play today third in the league in RBIs, first in doubles, second in extra base hits, and third in runs scored... Anthony Hewitt is third in the league in strikeouts... Only one team entered play with more hits than Clearwater (804) this season... Carlos Alonso entered play batting .342 over his last 10 games.