The old reliable strategy of winning by strong pitching and the long ball were not enough in the Clearwater Threshers 3-1 loss to the Florida Fire Frogs, Friday night at Spectrum Field. They received a strong seven inning start from lefty Cole Irvin, two shutout innings of relief from Edgar Garcia and a home run by Herlis Rodriguez.
Irvin pitched seven strong innings but an error by third baseman Jan Hernandez would cost him two unearned runs in the seventh and his first loss of the season to go 2-1 for a 0.90 ERA. Watch his seven strike “threes” HERE.
The Threshers bullpen remains strong as Garcia pitched the final two scoreless innings Watch his two strike “threes” HERE.
The Threshers team pitching is tied for first in the FSL with a 2.14 ERA.
Rodriguez hit his third homer of the season in the eight. It landed up on the berm in right but that was the only run the Threshers could muster.
The Threshers have now have hit 16 homers in 16 games to lead the league in homers but they have scored only 54 runs good enough for only ninth in the 12 team league.
The Threshers brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth on a bunt single by Grenny Cumana and a single by Cornelius Randolph but Damek Tomscha hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game. Watch HERE.