1. Archive

Strong pitching lifts Clearwater past St. Petersburg

Pinch-hitter Matt Current singled home Pat Brady with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Clearwater Phillies a 2-1 Florida State League victory over the St. Petersburg Cardinals. Brady was sacrificed to second base to set the stage for Current, who singled to rightfield to drive in the winning run. Both teams were shut out from the first to 11th innings in the three-hour game.

Reliever Chris Limbach allowed only one hit and two walks in his four innings of work, picking up his third win of the season. Starter Darrell Goedhart was hit in the hand in the second inning and was replaced by newcomer Charles Hurst. Hurst threw 3 innings, allowing no runs, one hit, one walk and striking out six in his Clearwater debut. Bob Wells hurled the sixth inning, and Limbach took over in the seventh.

Dunedin 2, Sarasota 0

DUNEDIN _ Tim Hodge took Sarasota ace Rod Bolton's second pitch of the game over the right-centerfield wall, and Dunedin went on to a 2-0 victory over the White Sox before 3,110 fans, the team's largest crowd of the season.

Paul Menhart pitched eight innings, scattered five hits, walked only one and struck out seven for his sixth victory of the season. The Blue Jays won their fourth straight game, second over the White Sox, and have not allowed a run in 29 innings.

Dunedin got only four hits off Bolton, but three were for extra bases.

Rob Montalvo led off the third inning with a double, then got into a rundown between second and third that allowed Hodge to advance to second on a fielder's choice. Hodge then scored the second Dunedin run on Brad Mengel's single.

_ Times correspondent Phil Gulick contributed to this report.