Blake Quinn struck out six batters in 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief on Thursday, but the Jupiter Hammerheads handed the Threshers their sixth consecutive loss, 8-4 at Spectrum Field.
Quinn allowed only one baserunner in the outing, and has not permitted a run in 7.1 innings this year. Quinn was dominant, striking out six of the first eight he faced. The right-hander yielded only a single and did not issue a walk.
The Threshers (1-7) struck first on back-to-back two-out doubles in the first inning off Jupiter starter Robert Dugger (1-1). Adam Haseley lined a two-base hit down the left field line, and Darick Hall shot a double to right-center to score Haseley with the night’s first run.
The Hammerheads (6-2) broke out for five more in the third inning.
After a walk, single, and a second base on balls loaded the bases, Stone Garrett launched an opposite-field grand slam to right to give the Hammerheads a 5-1 lead. Jupiter later added another on a Brian Miller RBI single to end the evening for starter Adonis Medina (1-1) with Clearwater down 6-1.
The Threshers got one back in the bottom half, when Hall walked with two outs and Edgar Cabral followed with a single to right. Austin Listi came through with a sinking liner that got past the dive of the center fielder Miller for a double, scoring Hall to make it 6-2.
Hall clobbered a 1-0 pitch from reliever Vincenzo Aiello in the seventh inning for his second home run of the year, a solo shot that sailed over the berm in right-center to bring Clearwater to within two.
Ismael Cabrera tossed two perfect frames before Jupiter tacked on two against him in the ninth, increasing the Hammerheads advantage to 8-4.