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CLEARWATER, Fla. (CBS) - You have to imagine that Phillies’ second baseman Chase Utley is thrilled that his rehab stint with Single-A Clearwater is over.  Not just because it means he’s back, healthy, in the Major Leagues, but also because it means he missed the Threshers’ 2-1 loss to Jupiter on Monday night.

The Threshers lost in walk-off fashion when closer Justin Friend, who leads minor league baseball with 16 saves, allowed the game-winning hit.  By the way, that came after 5½ hours of play, in the 23rd inning.

The Threshers scored their lone run in the third inning and then proceeded to throw up 20 consecutive goose eggs.

They finished with 17 hits, while the victorious Hammerheads had 14.  Several Threshers got ten plate appearances, with centerfielder Jiwan James going 3-8 with a pair of walks; he scored the lone Clearwater run.

Clearwater manager Dusty Wathan actually used two position players on the mound, and they combined to throw four shutout innings:  Joe Savery (who until this season had been a pitcher in the organization) and Darin Ruf each twirled a pair of scoreless frames.

They started the game batting 4th and 5th in the Threshers’ lineup.

While the Threshers went deep into the bench, the Hammerheads had eight of the nine players in the starting lineup play all 23 innings.   Both catchers –  the Threshers’ Sebastian Valle and Jupiter’s Miguel Fermin — caught all 23 innings.

No rest for the weary, as the same two teams will play again tonight at 6:35pm.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060

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