CLEARWATER, Fla. - Darick Hall crushed two home runs on Friday night including a game-tying, no-doubt shot in the bottom of the ninth, but Clearwater suffered its seventh straight loss in falling 4-3 in 10 innings to the Bradenton Marauders.
Mackenzie Mills (0-1) pitched six innings for Clearwater (1-8), making him the first to toss more than 5.1 for the Threshers in the 2018 season.
During his six innings of work, Mills gave up only one run on six hits, while permitting no walks and collecting four strikeouts. 61 of his 86 pitches were for strikes.
Bradenton (7-2) was the first to score, as the Marauders took an early lead in the third.
Jared Oliva hit a leadoff double, and Adrian Valerio sent a line drive to left field to bring the runner home to make it 1-0 Bradenton.
In the seventh, back-to-back singles were followed by a sacrifice bunt, and Valerio grounded out to third for his second RBI of the game to put Bradenton up 2-0.
The Threshers came back in the home half of the inning to tie the ballgame, courtesy of back-to-back solo home runs.
First, Hall launched a leadoff home run to start the inning. Hall extended his on-base streak to seven games on his third home run of the season.
The next batter, Austin Listi, hit a home run in a similar spot over the right field fence to knot it up, 2-2.
Listi has had a hit in all five games he has appeared in, tallying his first home run of the season on Friday.
In the ninth, Bradenton scored on a passed ball to put the Marauders up 3-2.
The Threshers weren't done yet. In the bottom of the ninth Hall hit his second homer of the night deep into right field, and again it was all tied up in Clearwater, 3-3.
The new extra-innings rule was used for the second time this season at Spectrum Field.
Oliva started on second for the Marauders, and Valerio singled past the dive of Arquimedes Gamboa at short and brought home the final run of the ballgame.
The Threshers are back home Saturday night against the Marauders for the second game of the three-game series. Alejandro Requena (0-0) will take the mound for Clearwater against Cam Vieaux (1-0) for Bradenton. Kirsten Karbach will be on the call for the Threshers Broadcast Network starting at 6:45 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.
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