The middle of the lineup helped lift the Stone Crabs to a 7-5 win over the Clearwater Threshers on Tuesday night at Bright House Field. Seven of the Stone Crabs hits and all over the exta base hits came from the three through five spots in the lineup.
The Stone Crabs jumped out to a lead in the first inning. Johnny Field and Tommy Coyle picked up back to back walks to lead off the game. Field scored on a double by Leonardo Reginatto for the first run of the night. Then Pay Leonard and Maxx Tissenbaum each drove home a run to give the Stone Crabs a 3-0 lead.
The Stone Crabs added another run in the third. Pat Leonard struck his thirteenth homer of the year, a solo blast to increase the lead to 4-0.
Clearwater fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. A two run double by Carlos Ruiz followed by a two run home run by Art Charles tied the game.
The Stone Crabs regained the lead in the sixth. Leonard and Tissenbaum delivered back to back singles to lead off the frame. Both runners scored on a triple by Tyler Goeddel. Goeddel later scored on a single by Ariel Soriano to grab a 7-4 lead.
Clearwater picked up another run in the bottom of the sixth on a sac fly by Crawford to make it 7-5.
The Stone Crabs bullpen powered through the rest of the Threshers lineup to secure a 7-5 win for the Stone Crabs.
Austin Pruitt picked up the win for the Stone Crabs. Zach Copper notched the save, his first of the season. Jeb Stefan suffered the loss for Clearwater.
The series wraps up on Wednesday at Bright House Field. The Stone Crabs send Blake Snell to the mound to tried to earn a series split. He will face Colin Kleven for Clearwater.
- Johnny Field (CF): 0 for 4 with a walk and a run scored
- Tommy Coyle (2B): 0 for 3 with 2 walks and a run scored
- Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 1 for 4 with a double, RBI and a run scored
- Pat Leonard (1B): 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored
- Maxx Tissenbaum (C): 2 for 3 with a double, RBI and a run scored
- Tyler Goeddel (3B): 1 for 4 with a triple, 2 RBI’s and a run scored
- Ariel Soriano (RF): 1 for 4 with an RBI
- Marty Gantt (LF): 0 for 4
- Granden Goetzman (DH): 2 for 4
- Austin Pruitt (Win, 7-4): 4 runs on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk in 5 innings
- Ryan Garton (Hold, 1): 1 run on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks in 3 innings
- Zach Cooper (Save, 1): 1 scoreless inning with a hit