Quinn Shines in Threshers 8-4 Loss

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.

Jupiter responded with a two-out RBI in the next inning, when a Luis Pintor single scored Riley Mahan to tie the game at one.

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.

Clearwater crept closer in the fourth, when Raul Rivas singled and Mickey Moniak hit a ground-rule double. Arquimedes Gamboa brought home Rivas with a groundout to cut the deficit to three.

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.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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