It was a rough night in Clearwater. It showed the biggest problem with the Threshers this year, they are missing consistent hitting.
Colin Kleven (RHP) started and went five innings gave up 6 hits, 2 runs 3 walks and had 3 strike outs. He had little help from the bats, there were only 6 hits the entire game. The lone Threshers run was scored in the bottom of the sixth, when Drew Stankiewicz (2B) scored and Andrew Knapp’s (DH) ground out to short.
Another glaring problem is the number of men left on base, at seven. They were also only 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
While they seem to always try, last night, the bats were largely silent leaving an up hill battle for the pitching staff.
The Threshers and Manatees will go at it again at 1 Wednesday.
Last night at Brighthouse, it was Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure prostate cancer awareness night. In support, the Threshers wore light blue jerseys that were auctioned off with the proceeds going to Randall’s charity,
Ross and I bid on three jerseys, Perci Garner, Carlos Alonso and Colin Kleven. When all the dust settled, we won Alonso and Kleven.
After the game, we went down to the field to get the jerseys ad have them autographed.
With Carlos Alonso
With Colin Kleven
The ironic thing is that this wasn’t the first time we had tried to win Kleven’s jersey. Three years ago, we had driven up to Williamsport to see Jesse Biddle pitch in his first professional game. That was “Celebrate Recycling” night. The jerseys were auctioned off that night as well. Ross and I had bid on Biddle’s and Klevin’s jerseys that night and lost. I remember the bidding on Biddle’s jersey was up over $250 by the end.
So last night, Ross finally got his Kleven Jersey…he just had to wait three years.