Sarasota Reds defeat Threshers for first win
BY PHIL DENIS CORRESPONDENT
SARASOTA -- Sarasota trailed early, but rallied in the later innings Monday night at Ed Smith Stadium and the Reds earned their first Florida State League victory of the season with a 4-2 triumph over the Clearwater Threshers.
With the game tied at 2-2, Mark Schramek drove in the game-winning run with a single to right field with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. It drove in Jay Garthwaite.
The Reds (1-4) scored an insurance run against the Philadelphia Phillies' affiliate (3-2) in the eighth after Adam Rosales smacked a one-out double to left and scored when Garthwaite singled to left field.
Another highlight for Sarasota was the injury-free performance by major leaguer Quinton McCracken. He played seven innings, going 0-for-4 and catching three fly balls in right field in seven innings.
McCracken, signed by Cincinnati as a free agent on Feb. 14, suffered a right ankle sprain during spring training.
McCracken is expected to continue his rehabilitation with Sarasota throughout the week.
Right-handed pitcher Jim Paduch (1-0) was credited with the victory after working the first six innings and giving up only one earned run. Sarasota High grad Jeremy Schmidt earned his first hold of the season following his pitching 12/3 scoreless and hitless innings before Abe Woody picked up the team's first save.
Clearwater's Andy Baldwin took the loss in front of 288 spectators.
Sarasota will continue it homestand tonight and Wednesday against Clearwater before the Lakeland Tigers come in for games Thursday and Friday. All games begin at 7. Homer Bailey, 19, the Reds' No. 1 draft choice of 2004, will start on the mound tonight for Sarasota.
The right-handed Bailey (0-1, 3.86 ERA) allowed five hits and two earned runs in 42/3 innings during Thursday's Opening Night loss here to the Minnesota Twins' Fort Myers Miracle. ... Entering Monday, Sarasota was seventh in FSL team hitting with a .234 average. Its pitching was rated 11th with an earned run average of 5.29. ... Tim Brunswick, the director of baseball operations for St. Petersburg-based Minor League Baseball, attended Monday's game as a guest of Sarasota