PALM TREES AND OCEAN BREEZES
And Florida State League action …
The Dunedin-Clearwater game finally got underway after a lengthy rain delay, with the Threshers (those are the Phillies for those of you who weren’t sure) emerging victorious, 9-3. Rehabbing Major League starter Freddy Garcia allowed just three hits over 3 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out seven. On offense, the Phils were led by outfielder Gregory Golson, who was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a double and triple, and second baseman Brad Harman who homered and drove in a pair.
The Daytona Cubbies scored six runs in the last three innings, including a four-run eighth, to put an exclamation point on an 8-3 win over Brevard County as shortstop Matt Matulia was 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the way.
The game between the Lakeland Flying Tigers (gotta get the Flying in there) and the Tampa Yankees was called complete at five innings so Lakeland starter Andrew Miller got the complete game win with five innings of three-hit shutout ball in the 3-0 victory.
Sarasota edged Fort Myers, 2-0, behind stellar pitching from starter Carlos Fisher who allowed three hits over seven scoreless frames. He matched Miracle starter Kyle Waldrop who got a no decision, leaving after five no-hit innings.
St. Lucie Mets ace Deolis Guerra struck out five in five innings of tw-hit ball for the Mets in their rain-shortened 2-0 win against Vero Beach in seven innings.
Third baseman Allen Craig was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, a homer and two RBIs to lead the Palm Beach Cardinals to a 9-3 victory over Jupiter. The Cards posted 13 hits against Hammerheads pitchers.