Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Minor League Marathon in Jupiter

Last night in at Roger Dean Stadium, the Jupiter Hammerheads outlasted the Clearwater Threshers for a 2-1 win in the 23rd inning.

According to the AP story, the paid attendance was 330, so I can't imagine too many people were there after midnight to see their Hammerheads walk off with the victory. Included among those not around to see the finish were Jupiter's manager Ron Hassey. Hassey, a long-time major leaguer, was ejected in the 14th inning along with 3B Chase Austin, for arguing balls and strikes. Jose Duarte replaced Austin at third.

Clearwater nearly broke the 1-1 tie in the 18th inning, when RF Ernesto Manzanillo threw Leandro Castro out at home when Castro was attempting to score from second base on a single by 1B Darin Ruf. Ruf would move over to the pitcher's mound in the 21st, where he dealt two scoreless innings.

In the 23rd, Jamie Ortiz led off with a single against Justin Friend, the Florida State League leader in saves. Miguel Fermin then sacrificed Ortiz over to second. Finally, at the 5 hour, 37 minute mark, Jose Duarte--the man who replaced ejected Chase Austin--singled home Jaime Ortiz.

The minorleaguebaseball.com complete recap is here.

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