Wild Finish: Threshers Hang On for 3-2 Win

Game Ends on Tag at the Plate as Threshers Fend off Marauders

By Kirsten Karbach / Clearwater Threshers | April 19, 2017 9:49 PM ET

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Threshers ninth-inning lead was down to one on Wednesday night, and the Marauders heaped on the pressure with the tying and winning runs aboard against Jeff Singer.

With two outs, Bradenton had runners at first and second, the Threshers up 3-2.

Singer fell behind Cole Tucker, and Alfredo Reyes swiped third to put the tying run 90 feet away.

On a 3-2 pitch, Singer fired one to the backstop.

Reyes broke from third, but the ball caromed cleanly off the wall, and right back to catcher Deivi Grullon. The Threshers catcher hustled over and sank a tag on Tucker just in time, ending the ballgame, and securing a 3-2 victory for the Clearwater Threshers on Wednesday night at LECOM Park.

Video: Game Highlights: April 19, 2017

The Threshers (10-4) are the first team with double-digit wins in the Florida State League.

Jose Taveras set the tone with a strong start, delivering a season-high seven innings of one-run ball to earn his second win. The right-hander scattered six hits and a walk while striking out four, and carries a 1.04 ERA through three starts.

Clearwater again played the long ball to jump out in front in the third inning.

Jan Hernandez crushed the first offering from Mitch Keller (1-1) over the boardwalk in left for his third home run of the season, boosting the Threshers to a 1-0 lead. Clearwater has belted 14 home runs in 14 games, the most in the FSL.

The Marauders (9-5) tied it in the fourth with their only run off Taveras (2-0). With two outs, a hit batter and a single put men at the corners, and Casey Hughston scored from third on a wild pitch.

The tie was short-lived, as the Threshers struck three-straight singles off Keller to open the fifth. The Marauders played the infield back, and Hernandez crossed the plate on a double play ball to put the Threshers back in front.

Clearwater grabbed a crucial insurance run in the eighth inning.

Facing reliever Logan Sendelbach, Cornelius Randolph singled with two out. Wilson Garcia followed with a drive off the base of the wall in the left field corner, scoring Randolph to make it 3-1.

The Threshers would need every bit of that insurance.

For the second-straight inning, the Marauders brought the tying run to the plate. Hughston walked with one out, and Reyes followed with his fourth hit of the ballgame. After Singer got John Bormann to fly to center for the second out, Mitchell Tolman singled home a run to cut the lead to one.

Despite walking Tucker, Singer got the friendly carom and Grullon took care of the rest to end the ballgame, as Singer earned his fourth save.

Clearwater will go for the series win on Thursday, as Franklyn Kilome (0-1) takes the hill against Taylor Hearn (1-1). First pitch is at 6:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on threshersbaseball.com starting at 6:15 p.m.

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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