I want to begin by apologizing for not blogging more this week, but it was just “one of those weeks” where life got in the way of writing.
Monday, Baseball Ross and I got to see Perci Garner really step up. The whole team seems to have begun to “gel”.
The game on Monday was a see-saw ride, with the Brevard County Manatees beginning with 2 runs in the first, then Clearwater answered with 3 runs on a fielding error in the bottom of the second. The score kept ping-ponging back and forth until it was tied 7-7 in the sixth.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the TWELFTH when Pete Levin and Albert Cartwright starting the inning with singles. Brandon Trip was patient and earned a walk to load the bases. Then “Big” Jim Murphy stepped to the dish and whacked one that Ross and I thought was going to go over the wall. It fell short of being a grand slam by only a few inches, but it did score the winning run.
I do want to mention Jordan Whatcott pitched the last three innings of the game in relief. He was amazing, growing stronger as he went, even striking out the last two batters he faced. After this stunning performance, Jordan was sent up to Reading where he got his first AA win last night. Congratulations Jordan!
I guess I can also mention that I was a winner too, I won the “Tweet Your Seat” contest and won a $20 gift certificate to Pete and Shorty’s!
Ross and I each managed to catch a Threshers’ softer ball.
What a night!
Thursday night, it was Jesse Biddle’s turn on the bump. He looked strong going six innings (his longest outing of the season so far) and he only allowed one earned run. He also worked himself out of a bases loaded jam.
For me, I saw something change in Jesse. It was this “click” where you could see him buckle down, dig deeper for that little “something” that helped to push him a little further, pitch a little harder or focus his placement. It was as if you could just see the change. It was amazing to watch.
This is what you get at the minor league level. Its what makes minor league ball, to me anyway, better than major league ball. That little something, that magic where you can see a guy get to that next level, that personal growth. It’s where they learn that they have that next gear or that place to draw the strength to overcome whatever adversity they are facing. I saw that growth in Jesse that night. Where he may have been shaky or not as focused earlier, that night, he took the next step and battled through.
The Threshers were ahead 3-2 at the top of the ninth when the Daytona Cubs rallied to tie. Garrett Claypool came in and pitched a scoreless tenth. Jim Murphy drew a walk and set the scene for Anthony Hewett who shot one over the fence to bring them a 5-3 win in 10.
Friday night again, was a nail-biter. With Austin Wright pitching another solid outing, they were tied with Daytona 3-3 at the top of the eighth. Anthony Hewitt managed a single and Chris Duffy, freshly promoted from Lakewood smacked a double to send Hewitt home. Hector Neris came in at the top of the ninth and sent the Cubs down in order.
In these three games, I think we’ve seen them start to gel, to become a cohesive team. They may have a game where the lead will see-saw back and forth and where a few weeks ago, they would seem to sag and be beaten, this week, the seem to instead pull together and draw strength to battle back. It’s something they can be proud of and now that they beat up on the Brevard Manatees tonight, winning 10-3, they’ve made it back to .500. They just might have turned the corner.