CLEARWATER, Fla. - Drew Stankiewicz came through with the game-winning blow for Clearwater, as the Threshers earned their first walk-off win of the season by knocking off the Palm Beach Cardinals, 2-1 in 10 innings on Saturday night.
Deivi Grullon set the table with two outs after rapping his fourth hit of the ballgame, a single past third baseman Darren Seferina.
Stankiewicz took ball one from Landon Beck (0-1), then pounced on the next offering.
The Threshers second baseman launched a deep drive to right against the wind, sending right fielder Austin Wilson racing back to the warning track. The ball eluded Wilson's grasp and dropped in front of the wall, as Grullon raced all the way in from first on Stankiewicz's game-winning double.
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Clearwater (8-3) took three-of-four from the Cardinals (6-5) as the Threshers earned their second-straight series victory.
Grullon turned in Clearwater's first four-hit performance of the season, going 4-for-5 including his first home run.
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Alberto Tirado did not factor in the decision after tossing six scoreless innings of two-hit ball. Tirado walked three and hit a batter, but permitted only a pair of infield singles while holding the Cardinals off the board.
The Phillies No. 26 prospect has not allowed a run this year in 12 innings of work.
Grullon got Clearwater on the board in the fourth inning, turning on a 2-1 pitch and sending a solo shot to left off Ryan Helsley to put the Threshers up 1-0.
That score held until the eighth. After Austin Davis tossed a scoreless seventh inning, Casey Turgeon led off the eighth inning with his first home run of the season to tie the game at one.
Jeff Singer (1-0) twirled a perfect ninth before working out of trouble in the 10th.
Palm Beach put runners on first and third with just one out, and Danny Diekroeger hit a chopper to first. With Jose Godoy breaking to the plate, first baseman Wilson Garcia came up firing and nabbed Godoy at home to prevent the go-ahead run from crossing.
Singer then struck out Chris Chinea on a 96 mph fastball to end the inning.
After an off-day on Easter Sunday, the Threshers head south to LECOM Park to take on the FSL South-leading Bradenton Marauders for a four-game series, beginning Monday at 6:30 p.m. Blake Quinn (0-0) takes the hill for Clearwater against Dario Agrazal (0-0), and the game will be broadcast live on threshersbaseball.com starting at 6:15 p.m.
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