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Miracle win rain-shortened test 7-2

August 9, 2012
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Fort Myers Miracle continued to swing the bat well in a 7-2 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium in a game shortened to seven innings by rain.

After a 22-run, 20-hit performance Tuesday night, the Miracle offense continued to hammer Jupiter pitching. Fort Myers churned out 11 hits in the second game of the series with the Hammerheads and jumped out to an early lead.

Beginning the bottom of the first inning with three consecutive hits, Daniel Santana doubled off Jupiter starter Robert Morey into right field. Then, Levi Michael singled up the middle to plate Santana and put Fort Myers on the board, 1-0. After a single by Lance Ray put runners at first and third, Josmil Pinto earned a run batted in with a chopper to short. As Michael scored, Hammerhead shortstop Terrence Dayleg committed an error and Pinto reached safely and the Miracle led 2-0.

Fort Myers extended the advantage to five runs in the third inning. Danny Rams delivered the first of two RBI singles on the evening followed three hitters later by a two-run base hit from Andy Leer.

In the fourth inning, Jupiter answered with a pair of runs off Miracle starter Pat Dean. Mark Canha doubled in Christian Yelich after a lead-off single and then Aaron Dudley plated Canha on a base hit to cut Fort Myers' lead to 5-2.

The Miracle returned fire in the bottom of the fourth. Fresh off his seven-RBI, two-homer, 11 total bases Tuesday night, Lance Ray lined a triple off the right field fence to plate a run. Rams added his second RBI of the night and Fort Myers re-extended the lead to five runs, 7-2.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the game went into a rain delay. Due to unplayable field conditions, the game was officially called and the Miracle picked up the win.

The Miracle (50-64, 22-25) go for the sweep of Jupiter (58-56, 22-22) Thursday at 7:05 p.m.



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