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Threshers blanked in second-half opener06/21/2012 10:14 PM ET
By Joe Charlton/Clearwater Threshers
June 21, 2012 - The Clearwater Threshers mustered just four hits Thursday night, as they were shut out by the Daytona Cubs by a final of 3-0.
Damp weather seemed to put a chill on the Clearwater bats all night, as both teams fought showers throughout the matchup. Daytona starter Austin Kirk was seemingly unaffected, however, as he cruised through seven shutout innings en route to his third win of the year.
After a 28-minute rain delay, the Cubs collected the only run they would need on the night, as Roni Torreyes' line drive into the bullpens in left off Austin Wright gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage. They would go on to add one in the third and one in the eighth to push the lead to 3-0, as reliever Ryan Searle got the hold in the eighth and Jeff Lorick took home his first save of the season.
Wright finished with solid start altogether for the Threshers, going six innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits. Cody Asche finished 2 for 4 on the night, also making three tremendous defensive plays at third base as a bright spot from the Clearwater lineup.
With the loss, the Threshers drop to 0-1 to start the second half. They will square off against Daytona once again on Friday at 6:30pm.
The Threshers finished the first half with a 36-30 record, ending in third place in the FSL North behind Lakeland and Dunedin... The Threshers made a roster move Thursday, sending LHP Andre Kinder to the GCL Phillies and promoting INF Harold Martinez from Lakewood... The Threshers are second-last in the FSL in stolen bases.