Clearwater Defeats Jays With Three-Run Walkoff Homer
D-Jays prepare themselves for the Daytona Cubs.
Just when the D-Jays faithful were ready to celebrate a four-game sweep against their rivals from down the road, the Threshers' light hitting backup shortstop Gustavo Gonzalez launched a two-out, three-run walkoff homer.
The final on Sunday (Sept. 4) was 5-4.
The D-Jays built what looked like a comfortable 4-2 lead, but righthander Matt Daly gave up a pair of singles before Gonzalez's first homer of the season.
Brad Glenn got the Jays in flight with his league-leading 26th homer, a two-run bomb in the second inning. Not only does Glenn lead the D-Jays in homers, he also the leads all of the Blue Jays' minor league teams in home runs.
Jon Talley, who caught the final three innings for the first time this year, hit his 20th homer, a major accomplishment for a player who only hit 16 round-trippers in his first four years of pro ball.
On Deck: The D-Jays will have Monday off before hosting the Daytona Cubs on Tuesday (Sept. 6), for the opener of the North Division finals.
Probable starter for the Jays will be righthander Casey Lawrence, 23. Lawrence, who signed as a non-drafted free agent in June of 2010, has a combined record of 14-9 with a an ERA of 3.04 between Lansing (Low-A) and Dunedin.
Notes: The D-Jays were the only team in the Florida State League to compete in all of the 140 games scheduled.
The D-Jays opened the season on the losing end of a four-game sweep at the hands of the Threshers and completed their first 11 games with a 2-9 mark. From there, the D-Jays rattled off a record of 77-52 to lead the FSL in wins with 79.