Threshers Homer Times in Loss
Clearwater, Fla. - Clearwater pounded out three home runs against Fort Myers on Tuesday, but the Miracle pushed past the Threshers with four runs in the last two innings to take the series finale, 6-4 at Spectrum Field.
Clearwater (58-51, 20-19) took the series three games to two, but the Threshers suffered just their sixth loss of the season when leading after seven innings. Cornelius Randolph, Zach Green, and Wilson Garcia all went yard for Clearwater in the loss.
Fort Myers (56-51, 22-17) put up three runs against newly-acquired reliever Seth McGarry (1-1) in the eighth to take the lead, and added another in the ninth facing Luke Leftwich .
The Miracle grabbed their first lead lead in the opening inning, when a one-out walk and a double from Jermaine Palacios set up two men in scoring position. Brandon Lopez lifted a fly to shallow center, and Carlos Duran made a strong throw to the plate, but Zander Wiel slipped in on the sac fly to make it 1-0 Miracle.
Randolph brought it back even in the home half, launching a 1-2 pitch to the berm in right-center for his 11th home run, knotting the game up at one.
Clearwater used the long ball again to take the lead in the fourth. Green crushed a two-run shot into the bullpen to give the Threshers a 3-1 advantage.
Seranthony Dominguez held the Miracle to just a run on three hits in his five innings, his longest start since returning from the disabled list. Dominguez walked two and struck out six on 79 pitches, 48 strikes.
Fort Myers crept closer with an unearned run off Blake Quinn in the sixth. Palacios singled, stole second, and went to third on an error on catcher Edgar Cabral . Palacios would score on a groundout to first to bring it to 3-2.
The Threshers got that run back in the home half, when Garcia crushed a liner over the fence in right for his 10th home run of the season, bumping Clearwater up to a 4-2 advantage.
Clearwater carried that lead into the eighth, turning it over to the newly-acquired closer McGarry.
A pair of soft singles set up runners at first and third for the Miracle, and Palacios put down a bunt to the right side. Green charged and hurled it home, but the throw bounced off Cabral's glove permitting Miller to score the tying run on the fielder's choice.
McGarry (1-1) struck out back-to-back batters, but a near-miss on a payoff pitch to Kevin Garcia loaded the bases for the Miracle.
Jaylin Davis then lined a single to center to plate two runs and give the Miracle a 5-4 lead. Fort Myers added one more in the ninth when Palacios tripled home a run with two outs facing Leftwich.
After an off day on Wednesday, Clearwater will look to bounce back as the Threshers hit the road for eight games, starting with a four-game set at Palm Beach. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. in the opener, and the game will be broadcast live on threshersbaseball.com starting at 6:15 p.m.
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