DUNEDIN (September 1, 2013) - The Clearwater Threshers wrapped up the 2013 season on Sunday with a 16-2 loss at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. The 16 runs were the most the Threshers allowed in any game this season.
Clearwater (67-68, 32-35) dropped three-of-four to Dunedin (63-68, 26-39) in the final series of the regular season. The Blue Jays, winners of the first half crown in the FSL North, advance on to play the Daytona Cubs in round one of the FSL playoffs.
Dunedin got the attack going on Sunday with a run off Threshers starter Alejandro Arteaga (0-1) in the first.
Derrick Chung lifted a double to deep left field with one out. Matt Newman followed with a single to left, but left fielder Pete Lavin came up firing and nailed Chung at the plate for the second out. K.C. Hobson would get Dunedin on the board by belting a double to right, plating Newman with the game's first run.
The Blue Jays opened up the game with a seven-spot in the second. Gustavo Pierre led off with a two-bagger off the wall in center, and one out later Nick Baligod pushed a double up the third base line to bring Pierre around. With two outs in the frame, Jon Berti lined a single to right, allowing Baligod to score ahead of the throw from right fielder Cameron Perkins and giving Dunedin a 3-0 advantage.
Arteaga gave way to righty Lee Ridenhour, who walked Chung and, after a double steal, allowed an infield hit to Newman that scored Berti to make it 4-0. Hobson then launched a three-run homer to right for his 19th long ball of the year, and Marcus Knecht followed that up with a single to left. Pierre capped the rally with a double down the left field line, expanding Dunedin's lead to 8-0.
Dunedin continued to pour it on in the third, loading the bases with nobody out against reliever Jordan Guth. Chung made it a 9-0 game with a sacrifice fly to right, and after Newman popped out to third Hobson dropped a two-run single into left-center to make it 11-0.
Clearwater got one back in the fourth inning against Dunedin righty Jesse Hernandez (7-12). With one out, Perkins pulled a double up the third base line, and with two down Carlos Alonso drove a two-bagger of his own to deep center, plating Perkins to make it 11-1.
The Blue Jays added another four runs off Guth in the fourth, highlighted by a lead-off homer by Oliver Dominguez and a two-run shot by Newman. Knecht added the Blue Jays' fourth homer of the day to start the fifth inning, connecting off Colton Murray to make it a 16-1 game.
Perkins collected his second double of the ball game in the eighth, driving home Jiwan James to move the score to 16-2. James had reached second after a single and an error on the right fielder Baligod.
Artaega lasted 1.2 innings in just his second start above the GCL, surrendering four runs on six hits in the loss.
Hernandez earned the win with five innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and a walk.
The Clearwater Threshers will return to action in April of 2014.