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Clearwater Cracks 3 Homers in July 4th Loss

July 4, 2016 - Florida State League (FSL) - Clearwater Threshers News Release

LAKELAND, Fla. - Malquin Canelo finished a triple short of the cycle on Monday, as the Threshers clanked three home runs in a 10-5 defeat to the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Independence Day at Henley Field.

Canelo stroke a season-high four hits, including his third home run of the year, as the Threshers (6-6) outhit Lakeland 12-11. After a back-and-forth battle early, the Flying Tigers (2-8) struck for five runs in the sixth to go ahead for good.

Scott Kingery turned in a 3-for-5 day with three singles and an RBI, extending his on-base streak to 15 consecutive games.

The loss was just the third time all season in which the Threshers scored the game's first run, as Clearwater had previously gone 33-2 when jumping on the board first. It was also just the fourth loss for the Threshers when outhitting their opponent.

Canelo struck quickly against Lakeland starter AJ Ladwig (9-5), driving the second pitch of the ballgame over the left field wall for a leadoff home run.

It was Campbell's turn in the second. After a seven-pitch battle, Campbell got ahold of one and launched his third home run of the season out to left to make it 2-0 Threshers. After Canelo added a two-out double, Kingery knocked him in with a two-strike single to put Clearwater ahead 3-0.

Lakeland loaded the bases against Yacksel Rios (2-3) in the third inning, following an infield hit, a walk, and a single, setting the stage for a Mike Gerber grand slam that put the Flying Tigers in the lead, 4-3.

The Threshers had an answer in the fourth.

Cord Sandberg led off with a double to left, and with two outs Canelo struck again. This time, a single to left field brought Sandberg home to pull the teams even at four apiece.

A pair of hits and a double play ball pushed another across to again nudge Lakeland ahead in the bottom half, but Sandberg responded by drilling a home run to right field to again knot the game up. His fourth homer of the season tied the game at six-all in the sixth inning.

Lakeland broke it open in the home half. A leadoff error followed by a sun-aided single placed the first two men aboard, and Zac Shepherd brought them both in with a two-run double. The Flying Tigers would go on to plate five runs on five hits in the inning to take the 10-5 advantage.

The series swings back to Bright House Field on Dollar Tuesday, with first pitch at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Threshers Broadcast Network starting at 6:45 p.m.

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