Ricardo Pinto really didn't pitch badly for Clearwater, but both the offense and defense refused to give him any help as the Threshers were shutout 3-0 by Daytona in the opener of the Florida State League Division Championship. Three errors by Clearwater didn't result in any unearned runs, but they certainly didn't help Pinto, who also got just two hits worth of support from his offense.
Pinto worked through six innings, giving up four hits and walking three batters, allowing all three earned runs in the game. Pinto allowed a sixth inning home run to Taylor Sparks as one of the four hits that he allowed. The three other hits were all singles.
Rhys Hoskins and Mitch Walding both singled for Clearwater to tally the team's only hits in the game against three Daytona pitchers. Starter Amir Garrett threw seven shutout innings to get the win, while both Carlos Gonzalez and Alejandro Chacin threw one shutout inning of relief. Chacin got the save.
Clearwater edged Daytona in both halves of the season to capture the regular season division title, but they still have to shake off Daytona in the playoffs. Game Two will be Wednesday in Clearwater, with John Richy (0-0, 2.84 CLW; 10-5, 4.07 overall) going for Clearwater. Richy will be opposed by Daytona's Nick Travieso (6-6, 2.70). Game Three, if necessary, would also be at Clearwater and would be played on Thursday. David Whitehead (9-11, 4.44) would start for Clearwater, but Daytona hasn't announced a starter for a potential Game Three.