Derek Campbell looked to pound the Tampa Yankees into submission Monday night, delivering two home runs - one of them a grand slam - and notching a career-high five RBI in Clearwater's 11-9 win over Tampa. It looked like Clearwater would cruise as they were up 11-0 after five innings, but Tampa put up two in the sixth and pounded out eight hits and seven runs in the seventh to make things interesting.
The win was the fourth straight for the Threshers, who now hold a 1/2 game edge in the Florida State League's North Division, thanks to Daytona, who knocked off rival Dunedin on Monday night.
Campbell was just getting warmed up when he delivered a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth that pushed Clearwater's lead to 6-0 at the time. The following inning, Campbell would deliver the grand slam against Jose Mesa Jr., and put Clearwater out to their 11-0 lead.
John Richy (4-4) allowed two runs in the sixth and exited with an 11-2 lead. Joey DeNato came on to pitch the seventh. Two singles and a walk made it 11-3 and a three-run shot by Jorge Mateo made it 11-6. DeNato came back to strike out Rashad Crawford. Gleyber Torres singled, but DeNato picked him off of first and it looked like Tampa had done all the damage they were going to do in the inning. DeNato gave up two, two-out singles and was replaced by Ulises Joaquin, who allowed an RBI single to Zack Zehner and a wild pitch brought in another run, making it 11-8. Kevin Cornelius singled to drive in what would be the final run of the night for Tampa. DeNato was charged with six earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Joaquin gave up one run in 1 1/3 innings and Matt Hockenberry threw a perfect ninth to record his fourth save of the season.
Aaron Brown was activated from Reading's DL earlier in the day on Monday and reassigned to Clearwater, but he obviously wasn't sulking. Brown had two hits, including his first home run of the season, driving in three runs for the Threshers. Ironically, the guy with the highest average in the Clearwater lineup - Josh Tobias at .333 - was the only guy not to pick up a hit in the game. Carlos Tocci had four hits, including a double for Clearwater.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Fightin Phils were off Monday night. The GCL Phillies were rained out on Monday and will play a double-header against the GCL Tigers East on Tuesday.
Los Angeles 9
WP: Julio Urias (2-2), LP: Zach Eflin (3-5), SV: none
HR: PHIL - Tommy Joseph (15); LA - Corey Seager 2 (21), Chase Utley (8), Yasmani Grandal (17)
Zach Eflin since complete game shutout in Pittsburgh: 3 GS, 13 IP, 22 H, 20 ER, 9 BB, 5 K 0-2, 13.85 ERA.
Delmarva 5 (10)
WP: Ismael Cabrera (1-1), LP: Christian Turnipseed (1-4), SV: Jacob Waguespack (5)
HR: LKW - none; DEL - Ryan Mountcastle (9)
An RBI double from Grenny Cumana and a sacrifice fly from Emmanuel Marrero plated two runs in the top of the tenth for Lakewood.
Seranthony Dominguez: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
West Virginia 0
WP: Felix Paulino (1-3), LP: Luis Escobar (3-4), SV: Carlos Indriago (1)
HR: WILL - Darick Hall (5); WV - none
Felix Paulino: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Reading Fightin Phils
OF Aaron Brown activated from the DL (right wrist sprain) and reassigned to Clearwater.
RHP Jose Nin reassigned to the GCL Phillies.
LHP Austin Davis reassigned to Clearwater from Lakewood.