A three-run third inning was all the Threshers needed to beat Tampa on Thursday

Luke Leftwich was in strong form Thursday night as the Clearwater Threshers downed Tampa 3-2. Leftwich made three early runs from his offense stand up as Clearwater won their third game in their last four attempts.


Luke Leftwich has gone through an adjustment period since joining Clearwater mid-season, but it looks like he's starting to fit in at just the right time. The 22-year old righty threw 6 1/3 innings Thursday, allowing just one run on five hits and one walk, while fanning four batters. The win evened his record at 3-3 and lowered his ERA with Clearwater to 4.96, although on the season, he's got a combined mark of 10-6, 3.19 in 21 total starts with Lakewood and Clearwater.

Leftwich allowed a run on two hits in the bottom of the first, before buckling in and shutting down the Tampa Yankees over the rest of his outing. After allowing the first inning run, Leftwich retired 12 straight hitters before giving up a one out single to Connor Spencer in the fifth. Leftwich and the Threshers stranded runners at second and third in the fifth before another 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. After issuing a one out walk in the seventh, Jeff Singer came on in relief of Leftwich. Matt Hockenberry finished off Tampa, allowing one run in two touch-and-go innings of work to record his sixth save.

The 1-0 lead held up for Tampa until the top of the third when Malquin Canelo led off the inning with a single to left and one out later, a sacrifice bunt by Zach Coppola, combined with a throwing error by pitcher Domingo German put runners on second and third. The hot bat of Jiandido Tromp drove in both runners with a triple and Carlos Tocci followed with a sacrifice fly to right to make it a 3-1 game.

Clearwater is now tied with Daytona for second place in the North Division, with both teams trailing Dunedin by two games. 


Los Angeles 4
Philadelphia 5
WP: Michael Mariot (1-0), LP: Grant Dayton (0-1), SV: Jeanmar Gomez (32)
HR: LA - Justin Turner (23), Yasmani Grandal (20); PHIL - Ryan Howard (19), Maikel Franco (22)
Three Phillies relievers - Mariot, Hector Neris and Gomez - were perfect over the final three innings of the game.


Lehigh Valley 1
Syracuse 2 (12)
WP: Erik Davis (7-4), LP: Dalier Hinojosa (1-2), SV: none
HR: LV - Cody Asche (3); SYR - none
Starter Nick Pivetta threw six shutout innings, giving up just three hits and two walks. Pivetta struck out nine batters, tying a career-high.


Richmond 3
Reading 6
WP: Mark Leiter (6-2), LP: Andrew Suarez (6-7), SV: Jimmy Cordero (1)
HR: none
Roman Quinn was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Mark Leiter: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.


Hickory 4
Lakewood 2
WP: Omarlin Lopez (8-5), LP: Grant Dyer (0-3), SV: Adam Choplick (1)
HR: HIC - Tyler Sanchez (10), LeDarious Clark (10); LKW - none
Damek Tomscha 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.


State College 5
Williamsport 4
WP: Dewin Perez (3-3), LP: Jeke Kelzer (1-1), SV: Brady Bowen (8)
HR: none
Emmanuel Garcia and Darick Hall with two hits each.


GCL Phillies 1
GCL Yankees East 4
WP: Chase Hodson (2-0), LP: Jordan Kurokawa (0-3), SV: none
HR: none
Sixto Sanchez: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.


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