Opening Day For Clearwater

It was opening for the Clearwater Threshers as they traveled to Dunedin for their season opener. Vicente Padilla made a strong start in a rehab assignment in his battle to return from elbow tendinitis. The story and a gallery of photos from the night from Holly Oswald.

Opening day in the minor leagues, a time for hopes and dreams.

Thursday night was the opening game for the Threshers, playing at the Dunedin Blue Jays Knowlogy Field. A lot of excitment goes into opening day; bands, color gaurds, fireworks, new players, clean uniforms and new fans.

Jake Blalock batting against Dunedin in the season opener. (Photo by Holly Oswald)

The opener even had Vincente Padilla as the starting pitcher for the Threshers as he made a rehab start.

The first pitch of this years season was ... delayed by rain.

Weather in the area was bad, winds gusting 35-40 mile per hour, rain and lightning all combined to push back the start, but it didn't stop the opening of this minor league season. The band left along with the color guard but approx 200 die hard fans and family were there for the game.

Minor league fans are happy with the little things, the crack of a bat, winning movie tickets in a contest, watching a child beat the mascot in a race and most importantly watching the players who want to play more than anything play.

Brad Correll opens his first full season in the Phillies organization. (Photo by Holly Oswald)
Padilla pitched five innings giving up just one run, four hits, a walk and he struck out two. His pitch count was low only having thrown 41 pitches through the first four innings. In the fifth, Padilla gave up two doubles and the run but looked good, locating his pitchs and fielding when he needed on plays at first.

On the evening the Threshers scattered 7 solid hits, with Mike Floyd, Carlos Rodriquez, Jack Blalock and Jose Cortez hitting well.

In the top of the ninth, the Threshers were down 3-1 and mounted a rally with Brad Correll and Tim Moss both getting hits and Cortez walking to load the bases with no outs. Zach Norman hit a long fly ball to center scoring Correll, but Moss was thrown out at third for the second out. The rally was cut short from there and the Threshers lost to Dunedin 3-2.

Doug Gredvig came over from the Orioles organization during the offseason. (Photo by Holly Oswald)

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