Clearwater Can't Solve Wells in 3-1 Loss

Threshers Handed Third-Straight Loss for the First Time this Year

By Kirsten Karbach / Clearwater Threshers | May 17, 2017 8:49 PM ET

Lachlan Wells hurled a complete game for the Fort Myers Miracle, serving the Clearwater Threshers a 3-1 defeat at Hammond Stadium on Wednesday night.

Clearwater (22-18) has lost three in a row for the first time this season.

The Threshers grabbed the lead in the first inning against Wells (2-5), when Zach Coppola doubled to left, moved to third on a Herlis Rodriguez sacrifice bunt, and scored on Damek Tomscha's RBI groundout to third.

Coppola finished 1-for-3, and has now reached base in 13 consecutive games.

The Miracle (20-20) plated all three of their runs on one swing in the bottom of the second.

After Cole Irvin (3-4) secured the first two outs of the inning, Rafael Valera worked a walk. Nelson Molina followed with an infield single, and Daniel Kihle lofted a three-run homer to left.

The Threshers put the tying run on with one out in the seventh, following singles from Wilson Garcia and Deivi Grullon. Wells worked around it, getting Mark Laird to fly out to left and Grenny Cumana to ground into a force out to end the threat.

Irvin permitted just the three runs in his five innings, allowing five hits and three walks. It was just the second time in his career the lefty has walked more than one batter in an outing.

Wells hurled the complete game on just 90 pitches, holding the Threshers to one run on four hits and two walks.

The series finale is set for Thursday at 6:35 p.m., when Alberto Tirado (2-2) takes the hill for Clearwater.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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