Chace Numata collected four hits, including a go-ahead triple to drive in two runs in the top of the 13th inning to lead Clearwater to a 5-3 win over Palm Beach Fridaynight.
With the two teams tied 1-1, Kyle Martin opened the 13th inning with a base-hit and after Derek Campbell bunted Martin over to second, Mitch Walding was intentionally walked to bring Numata to the plate. The Threshers catcher tripled to center to drive in both runners and give Clearwater a 3-1 advantage. Jiandido Tromp then doubled to score Numata and would move to third on a passed ball. Drew Stankiewicz delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Tromp to make it a 5-1 Clearwater lead.
Unfortunately, the Clearwater bullpen,which had provided six innings of shutout relief, was touched up for a run and didn't get any help from the defense, which helped Palm Beach to cut the deficit to 5-3. Jesen Therrien, in his second inning of relief gave up a sacrifice fly that was the second out of the inning and Numata then chipped in defensively, gunning down Andrew Brodbeck, who was attempting to steal second, to end the game.
Shane Watson started for Clearwater and allowed just one run over six innings, giving up six hits and two walks. The only run he allowed was a second inning home run to Thomas Spitz that had put Palm Beach up 1-0.
Ulises Joaquin and Victor Arano each threw two shutout innings and Matt Hockenberry added one shutout inning in relief of Watson. Therrien threw a perfect 12th inning before running into trouble in the 13th.
Clearwater is now 14-8 in the second half and tied for the lead in the North Division along with Dunedin. Daytona is 1 1/2 games out, with Tampa three behind. Clearwater finished the first half of the season at 39-29, 2 1/2 games behind the Tampa Yankees.
New York Mets 5
WP: Bartolo Colon (8-4), LP: Jeremy Hellickson (6-7), SV: Jeurys Familia (32)
HR: NY - Juan Lagares (3), Neil Walker (16); PHIL - none
The Phillies collected just five hits in the game. Freddy Galvis was 0-for-4 and left four runners on base.
Lehigh Valley 10
WP: Jake Thompson (8-5), LP: Chris Leroux (7-6), SV: none
HR: BUF - none; LV - Brock Stassi (6), David Lough (1)
Thompson is now 5-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his last eight starts. Nick Williams went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Three other IronPigs had three hits each.
WP: Vicente Campos (4-1), LP: Mark Leiter (4-1), SV: none
Reading had just five hits, all of which were singles. Harold Martinez was 2-for-4.
WP: Daris Vargas (5-5), LP: Edgar Garcia (3-1), SV: Andrew Schwaab (18)
Josh Tobias had a double and a single, scoring two runs. Garcia lasted just 2/3 of an inning, giving up five earned runs on six hits.
WP: Dakota Chalmers (4-1), LP: Julian Garcia (0-2), SV: Nolan Blackwood (3)
David Martinelli and Brett Barbier had two hits each for Williamsport. Martinelli now has an 11-game hit streak. Jesus Alastre had an infield single and now has a 10-game hit streak.
GCL Yankees East 8
GCL Phillies 11
WP: Will Stewart (1-1), LP: Kelvin Magallanes (0-3), SV: Jose Nin (2)
HR: YANK - none; PHIL - Josh Stephen (1)
The GCL Phillies collected 13 hits. Stephen had three hits, including his first HR and drove in a total of five runs, while scoring three. Daniel Brito, Aaron Altherr, Jhailyn Ortiz, Cole Stobbe and Ben Pelletier each had two hits.
OF David Lough (groin) activated from the DL.
INF Carlos Alonso reassigned to Reading.
C Joel Fisher (left shin contusion) placed on the DL.
SS William Cuicas reassigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
C Edgar Cabral placed on the DL retroactive to July 14.