Steve Liddle went 4-for-5 and Lance Ray and Daniel Santana each collected three hits to lead the Fort Myers Miracle past the Brevard County Manatees 6-3 on Dog Daze Friday night at Hammond Stadium.
The Miracle have won three in a row, two over the Manatees, and six of their last eight games. They are in second place in the FSL South Division just one game behind first-place Bradenton.
Ray bashed his team-high 11th home run, a two-run shot, and had three RBI. Liddle scored three times and ripped an RBI double. Santana was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Two of his three singles were of the infield variety.
Fort Myers Miracle DH Josmil Pinto (36) belts a home run over the left field fence in the second inning of Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Brevard County Manatees at Hammond Stadium.
Madison Boer made his second quality start in a row. The Oregon product pitched six innings, scattered eight hits and gave up three runs in earning the win. Two of the runs came on solo homers by Mike Walker.
Santana started the scoring in the first when he singled off of Taylor Jungmann and later scored on a wild pitch. Liddle scored in the frame when Ray brought him home with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
With the game tied 2-2 in the second, Michael Gonzales smacked a run-scoring single to right in the third that plated Liddle.
In the fourth, Liddle knocked a double to right that scored Santana to make it 4-2, and Ray cleared the bases with a home run that made it 6-2.
Clint Dempster pitched two scoreless innings and A.J. Achter worked a clean ninth to pick up his fourth save.
The Miracle (46-57, 18-18) go against the Manatees (48-55, 19-16) Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Miracle 4, Manatees 3: Thursday night, Tom Stuifbergen put together his best performance of the season to clip the Manatees.
Stuifbergen pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on five hits and struck out seven. He got the win to improve to 4-3.
The Miracle scored all four of their runs in the fourth and that proved to be enough.
Josmil Pinto started the scoring by blasting his eighth home run of the year to left-center field to put the Miracle up 1-0.
Anderson Hidalgo launched a deep ball to left for a sac fly that plated Steve Liddle, and Daniel Santana delivered the big blow in the inning by lacing a two-run triple to center to make it 4-0.
Stuifbergen stifled the Manatees through the first seven innings, but ran into trouble in the eighth.
Reliever Miguel Munoz quieted the rally by getting two ground ball outs to end the inning. After giving up a leadoff double in the ninth and and a run on a ground out, Munoz closed out the game by getting a weak groundout to first base.