CLEARWATER, Fla. - Edgar Cabral and Jose Pujols both tallied their second home runs of the season to give the Threshers an early lead against Jupiter on Monday night, but Jupiter rallied back to take the series opener, 9-4.
In the top of the first, Threshers starter Bailey Falter worked his way out of a tough spot to keep the game scoreless.
A lead-off walk followed by a stolen base and a passed ball put Corey Bird on third with nobody out. Joe Dunand sent a ground ball to third, where Raul Rivas was able to make the throw to Edgar Cabral at the plate to prevent the run from scoring.
Both Cabral and Jose Pujols hit their second home runs of the season to take the early lead in the second inning.
Cabral hit a solo shot into the left field bullpen to get the Threshers (1-4) on the board, and two batters later, Jose Pujols solo longball would put the Threshers up 2-0. The two home runs in Monday night's game bring the Threshers' total to eight in five games.
The Hammerheads (3-2) would make their comeback in the fourth inning.
Dunand had a hard-hit double into left-center field and Stone Garret reached on a single to the leftfield corner. Garrett then stole second to put two men in scoring position with no outs.
A pop out to third resulted in the first out of the inning, but Skylar Ewing drew an eight-pitch walk against Falter that loaded the bases.
Jarrett Rindfleisch was hit by a pitch to bring a run home, and a wild pitch from reliever Ismael Cabrera tacked one more on for Jupiter to make it 2-2.
The fifth inning saw four more Hammerheads cross the plate.
A leadoff walk by Bird and a single to right by Brad Miller put men on the corners. Mirroring the fourth, Miller stole second to put two men in scoring position with no outs.
A groundball to the left side popped up on shortstop Jose Gomez for an error to send Bird across the plate and make the score 3-2.
Riley Mahan sent a long ball over the fence in right to bring home three more, pushing the lead for Jupiter to 6-2.
In the sixth, Cabral would record his third hit of the night.
Luke Williams opened up the inning with a single into the gap in right-center, and Austin Listi recorded his third double of the season off the top of the right field wall to move two into scoring position.
Cabral hit a single into right field past the second baseman Mahan to send Williams and Listi across the plate.
Reliever Blake Quinn worked the Threshers out of a tough spot in the seventh.
Dunand sent a single to left field, and a wild pitch and ground out put him at third. Mahan would draw a base on balls to put two on with one out. Ewing flew out to out to second and Boo Vazquez struck out looking to end the inning and keep the score 6-4.
Quinn pitched two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and one walk.
The final runs would come in the top of the ninth.
Dunand sent a solo homerun over the left field fence off Jeff Singer, and after a single and a stolen base by Mahan, Ewing sent a two-run homerun into the bullpen in left field bringing it to 9-4.
The Threshers and Hammerheads are back at Spectrum field on Tuesday night, for Dollar Tuesday presented by Regions Bank with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch. Kirsten Karbach will be on the call starting at 6:45 p.m. on the Threshers Broadcast Network.
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