I mentioned on opening night how special this team feels, so different from last years’ team. The 2015 Threshers feel like there might be lightning caught in a bottle.
The first game of the season they turned a triple play. Last Saturday they were down and summed up the energy to walk off and win on a single by Willians Astudillo. Last night, it was something special, again.
Two weeks into the season and this team is playing with more heart than all of last season. I’m gobsmacked.
No longer do they fold when they are down, they keep fighting to the end and it’s playing off in spades.
Last night, Andrew Pullin tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the 8th with a home run that was well over the right-center field fence. It amazes me how much fight these guys have.
It would remain tied at 3 for NINE more innings. Yes, NINE.
They played an entire game in order to win and win they did.
The game was started by Miguel Nuñez, who had a solid start of 5 innings. Threshers were trailing 3-2, but this is NOT last year’s hang-dog team, you know they will fight until the end.
Then in was Lino Martinez. He held it together for two innings. Next up was Lee “Rocket Arm” Ridenhour–who warmed up to Elton John’s “Rocket Man”.
Ridenhour had three sharp, shut-out innings, keeping the Threshers in the mix as Andrew Pullin tied it up in the 8th. At the end of 10, it was still tied.
Next in was Edubray (Ed-ooo-bray) Ramos.
Ramos has been near-perfect this season and contributed 3 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk and 4 strike outs.
Cody Forsythe came in at the top of the 14th. He was a champ. So impressive.
Forsythe would go on to pitch four innings in relief. Manager Greg Legg has confidence in Forsythe and didn’t even start to have some one up in the pen until midway through the 17th.
Forsythe would go on to: 4 innings, 2 hits, no runs, no walks and 6 strike outs. An amazing performance by any standards!
Bottom of the 17th, with one out, Brodie Greene singled then was “balked” to second. The Tigers then intentionally walked Pullin. Jose Mayorga then walked to load the bases. Next up, Dylan Cozens hit a single into the hole between first and second scoring Greene to win the game!
The Threshers win! What a game! It was finally over at 11:30. I was so glad that we had stayed until the end, though my little car looked lonely in the parking lot.