The Clearwater Threshers relied on six innings of shutout pitching from Cole Irvin, four solo homers led by Cornelius Randolph’s third in the last three games and Jeff Singer’s second save in as many opportunities. It was enough for a 4-2 win over Dunedin Blue Jays. They split the four game series with Jays to start the Florida State League season.
After going 5-1 last season with Williamsport, Irvin made his first start of the year to pick up the win for the Threshers. He was outstanding. He struck out eight in six shutout innings while only giving up two hits and one walk. Watch his eight strike threes, HERE.
He could not have picked up the win without four bases empty home runs by Randolph, Herlis Rodriguez, Jan Hernandez. Herlis Rodriguez and Damek Tomscha. Randolph now leads all of High A in home runs and only one other player in all the minor leagues has more with four homers. Watch the four Threshers home runs HERE.
The Threshers have scored ten runs in the last two games. All of them came via the home run balls. The Threshers lead the Florida State League in home runs with seven in the first four games of the season.
Even with six shutout innings from Irvin and the four home runs, the Blue Jay would not go away. They scored one run in the seventh and eight innings off of reliever Edgar Garcia to keep it close.
Former undrafted, free agent, Jeff Singer came on in the eight inning to get the final out. In the ninth inning he used 95 mph high heat to strikeout the Blue Jays, 2014 first round draft pick, 11th overall, Max Pentecost. He was the final out with a runner on first for Singer’s save. Watch HERE.
The Threshers travel over I-4 this evening for a meeting with the Lakeland Flying Tigers where Cornelius Randolph will go for his fourth homer in four straight games.