Thursday, August 30, 2007

Final Shot against the Blue Jays Tonight

Game Time: 7:00pm      Gates Open: 6:00pm

Tonight's Lineup

Tonight's starting pitcher is Nate Johnson.

Quench your Thirst
Tonight is our last Thirsty Thursday of 2007. Thirsty Thursday, where all drinks are 2 for 1.

Silver Sharks Club Meets Tonight
Tonight is the last Silver Sharks Night of the 2007 season. Seniors 55 and over receive 2 for 1 Senior Field Box tickets on Thursdays. That's 2 tickets for just $4.

Special Thursday Giveaway
Bright House Networks is sponsoring the Threshers replica jersey giveaway on Thursday, August 30. The first 1,500 fans through the gates will get this great item!

Yesterday's Game
Clearwater's three-run third inning was just enough to beat Dunedin on Wednesday. The final score was 4-2. The game started at 9:30pm after a two and a half hour rain delay. Andrew Cruse (4-2) picked up the win after giving up three hits and one run in seven innings. He also struck out six. Jason Donald and John Urick both had two hits, including a double (20,14).

Grounds Crew Honored
The winners of the 2007 Florida State League Sports Turf Awards were announced by the Florida State League office on Wednesday, August 29. The Clearwater Threshers won the best overall award for the fourth year in a row. In addition, Opie Cheek was named Florida State League Sports Turf Manager of the Year for the fourth year in a row. Bright House Networks Field placed first in all eleven categories. The awards are given out based on a survey of Field Managers, Pitching Coaches and Umpires.

Bonus Baseball
Due to heavy rains in our region throughout the month of July and August, we are playing a doubleheader here against the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1. They are seven-inning games. Game 1 on both nights will now start at 5:00pm with Game 2 scheduled to start approximately 30 minutes after the completion of Game 1.

Playoff Picture
The Threshers are still chasing that elusive playoff berth and have it in sight.

Current Standings
The Dunedin Blue Jays (41-25) stand atop the West Division. The Threshers (39-25) are one game back, while the Tampa Yankees (39-26) are just a half game behind the Threshers.

Remaining Schedule (number of games left in parentheses)
Clearwater (6) - The Threshers face Dunedin tonight. Lakeland comes in on Friday for five games in three days to close the regular season.

Dunedin (4) - See above. They close with three home games against Ft. Myers.

Tampa (5) - They travel to Lakeland tonight. They close their season with four games in three days at Sarasota.

Playoff Schedule
The first round of the playoffs will pit the winner of the first half (Sarasota) with the winner of the second half. The second half winner will host Game One which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4. Sarasota will host Game Two on Wednesday, September 5 and Game Three on Thursday, September 6 (if necessary).

Tickets for a potential playoff game on Tuesday, September 4 at Bright House Networks Field are on-sale now. If you do purchase a ticket and we do not make the playoffs, you will able to return your ticket for a credit. The deadline to return will be October 31, 2007.

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