DAYTONA - The Daytona Cubs won a second consecutive one-run game over the Fort Myers Miracle 2-1 Wednesday night.
The Miracle stranded four base runners in the final three innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. After Cubs reliever Scott Weismann walked Steve Liddle to lead off the ninth, Josmil Pinto blooped a single into right field. Lance Ray laid down and sacrifice bunt to move runners up to second and third, but Weismann countered with an intentional walk of Danny Rams.
Daytona manager Brian Harper went to his bullpen and brought out lefty Jeff Lorick to face Michael Gonzales, who struck out as did pinch-hitter Kyle Knudson to end the game.
Fort Myers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, pushing across a run off MLB rehab starter Lendy Castillo. With two outs, Liddle hit a sharp ground ball to first that was mishandled by Taylor Davis. On a 1-1 pitch, the next batter, Pinto doubled off the left field wall scoring Liddle.
Miracle starter Madison Boer held the lead until the fifth inning when the Cubs drew even. With the bases loaded and one out, center fielder Rubi Silva grounded into the hole at short. Daniel Santana made a diving grab, but had no play for an out and Micah Gibbs came in to score and tie the game 1-1. Boer then struck out Rafael Lopez and induced a fly out to right from Eliser Bonne to end the inning and strand three.
In a no decision, Boer went six innings and gave up just one run on six hits with four strikeouts. Over two starts against Daytona, Boer has allowed only one run in 11 innings.
The Cubs took the lead in the seventh. Miracle reliever Ricky Bowen walked John Andreoli to lead off the inning. Roni Torreyes then picked up a single that moved Andreoli to third. Daytona's Silva drove in his second run of the game on an 0-2 pitch, grounding into a force play at second and plating Andreoli to give the Cubs the lead, 2-1.
Bowen (4-6) pitched just one inning and was tagged with the loss. For Daytona, Castillo went four innings and gave up the one run, but Eduardo Figueroa improved to 3-3. Figueroa earned the win with three shutout innings with one hit allowed.
The Miracle (47-61, 19-22) return to Jackie Robinson Ballpark for the finale of the four-game series Thursday night versus the Daytona Cubs (49-59, 19-21).