The Clearwater Threshers pitching staff turned in their best performance of the year, combining to no-hit the Daytona Tortugas in a 5-0 win at Spectrum Field. Kyle Glogoski (1-0), Tyler Carr and Keylan Killgore combined to keep Daytona hitless on the day, giving Clearwater the team’s first nine-inning combined no-hitter since 2016.
It was started by the strong performance of Glogoski (1-0), who dazzled in his Clearwater debut. The 20-year-old pitched five frames with just two walks and five strikeouts. The native of New Zealand picked up his fourth overall win in 2019 after opening the season with Lakewood.
Daytona threatened with a runner in scoring position just once against Glogoski, when Drew Mount reached second base in the third. The right-hander retired the next two batters to erase the threat. After setting down the Tortugas in the fifth, Clearwater’s offense found a way to back their starter in the bottom half.
Dalton Guthrie led off the frame with a double against Wendolyn Bautista and Simon Muzziotti delivered an RBI single to right gave the Philadelphia Phillies’ affiliate a 1-0 advantage. A batter later, Jhailyn Ortiz blasted his 12th long-ball of the year to plate Muzziotti and push the lead to 3-0.
The home run by Ortiz continued his hot streak at the plate, giving him five home runs in the second half. Ortiz, who came into the season ranked as the Phillies seventh best prospect by Philly Baseball Insider, boosted his team leading home run total to 12. Ortiz ranks fourth in Florida State League in round trippers, and is tied for fourth in RBI with 41.
It was up to the bullpen to keep Daytona off the board after that. Carr entered in the sixth and completed three frames with four strikeouts to keep the Tortugas hitless entering the ninth.
The Threshers added runs in the seventh and eighth, with an RBI fielder’s choice from Rodolfo Duran and a run scoring infield hit from Nick Maton. Duran plated Maton in the seventh with a groundball at short for a 4-0 lead. Maton’s chopper found space on the infield to plate Guthrie to make Clearwater’s lead 5-0.
With Daytona down to its final three outs, lefty Killgore entered with a chance to finish off the no-hitter. The Wichita State product struck out MLB rehabber Scooter Gennett for the first out before Stuart Fairchild lined out to Ben Aklinski to bring Daytona to its final out. With an 0-1 count, Jonathan India drove a Killgore curveball to right that Matt Vierling squeezed to finish off the combined no-hitter.
With the win, Clearwater improved to 5-1 in the second half and won its fourth straight game. The no-hit effort was the first for Clearwater in a nine-inning contest since Drew Anderson, Will Morris and Victor Arano combined for the feat against St. Lucie in July 2016. The Threshers also improved to 8-3 over the Cincinnati Reds’ affiliate in 2019.