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Threshers Fall Short on Arnold’s Career Night

Palm Beach Walkoff Ends See-Saw Affair With Loss
(Nathan Ray)
September 9, 2023

WP: Henry Gómez (1-5, 4.91) LP: Saul Teran (0-1, 5.00) BOX SCORE: WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Despite a career-best four hits and three RBIs from Zach Arnold the Clearwater Threshers (79-50, 35-29) lost 9-8 on a walkoff against the Palm Beach Cardinals (64-63, 27-35) on Saturday night at the

WP: Henry Gómez (1-5, 4.91)

LP: Saul Teran (0-1, 5.00)

BOX SCORE:

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Despite a career-best four hits and three RBIs from Zach Arnold the Clearwater Threshers (79-50, 35-29) lost 9-8 on a walkoff against the Palm Beach Cardinals (64-63, 27-35) on Saturday night at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The Threshers look to finish the regular season with a victory against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Troy Schreffler beat out an infield hit off Cardinals starter Brycen Mautz to lead off the second inning. The throw to first from Michael Curialle at third missed high, allowing Schreffler to advance to second on the error. A pair of two-out walks to Jordan Viars and Trent Farquhar loaded the bases, and a wild pitch by Mautz allowed Schreffler to score from third and give the Threshers a 1-0 lead.

Won-BIn Cho tied the game at one with a leadoff home run in the third inning. Keaton Anthony singled to start the fourth inning and moved to second on a bunt by Viars. Farquhar loaded the bases on a bunt single before Anthony was caught trying to come home on a flyout. With two outs in the inning, Aidan Miller reached first on a dropped third strike. Seeing how far off the plate the Cardinals catcher was, Viars came home and scored to give the Threshers a one-run lead. Zach Arnold singled to center on the next pitch, scoring Farquhar from second and doubling the Threshers advantage to 3-1.

Miller drew a walk off Cardinals’ reliever Jose Dávila with two outs in the sixth inning and stole second. He moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single by Arnold. Arnold then stole second and scored on an RBI single by Dissin to make it 5-1 Threshers. After another two-out single by Raylin Heredia, Schreffler drove in Dissin to extend the lead to 6-1.

Palm Beach stormed back with three runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to cut the Threshers’ lead down to one at 6-5. Arnold sent the first pitch of the eighth inning into centerfield off Cardinals’ reliever Augusto Calderon. He stole second base and scored on an RBI from Heredia to pad the lead to 7-5. The Cardinals tied the game with two runs in the eighth to make it 7-7.

Farquhar reached on an error by newly entered Cardinals’ reliever Henry Gómez on the first pitch of the ninth. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ricardo Rosario. With two outs in the inning, Arnold delivered a double off the right-field wall to score Farquhar and put the Threshers ahead 8-7.

Braeden Fausnaught allowed one run on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 5.0 frames in a no-decision. Alex Rao threw 0.2 frames with three runs surrendered on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Paxton Thompson walked one in 0.1 inning. Danny Wilkinson allowed one run on two walks and one strikeout without allowing a hit in 1.0 inning. Saul Teran (0-1) took the loss and blew the save in the final 1.2 frames, allowing four runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Arnold scored or drove in a run on a hit in each of his last four at-bats...He set a career-high in hits (four) and RBIs (three) …It marked the sixth time a Thresher has recorded four hits in a game this season...Heredia recorded his third-straight multi-hit game of the series...He is 10-17 with five RBIs against Palm Beach...Schreffler recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the year...Anthony has reached base in all five games he has played for the Threshers...Farquhar also extended his on-base streak to five straight games...The Threshers play their final game of the regular season against the Palm Beach Cardinals on Sunday morning... First pitch is at 11:00 am on Sunday, September 10... You can purchase playoff tickets at ThreshersBaseball.com/tickets or by calling 727-467-4457.