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Jupiter hammers Miracle 12-7

August 17, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

JUPITER - The Jupiter Hammerheads scored 11 runs in an inning for a second consecutive night to complete a sweep of the Fort Myers Miracle Thursday night.

Trailing the Miracle 7-0, Jupiter sent 14 men to the plate in the fourth inning. Fort Myers reliever Cole Nelson allowed the first nine men to reach base and exited the game without recording an out. After yielding back-to-back singles to start the inning, Nelson (5-6) walked J.T. Realmuto to load the bases. The next hitter, Noah Perio singled up the middle to get the Hammerheads on the board.

Nelson then issued a free pass to the next three batters with the bases loaded walking in three runs. Emilio Bonifacio, on a MLB rehabilitation assignment, doubled down the left field line to score a pair followed by a RBI single by fellow rehabber Donnie Murphy to tie the game at 7-7.

Nelson exited in favor of Nelvin Fuentes. Mark Canha gave Jupiter the lead for good on the first pitch with a sacrifice fly to center field. With two out, Realmuto doubled in another run. After a second single by Perio in the inning, Taylor Krick drove in a pair with a base hit to center and pushed the bulge to 11-7.

The Hammerheads scored an insurance run in the sixth on another RBI by Canha and cruised to a 12-7 win to avenge a sweep at the hands of Fort Myers at Hammond Stadium last week.

Jupiter's sweep was in jeopardy after the first inning when Fort Myers plated seven runs off Hammerheads' starter Adam Conley. Daniel Santana and Levi Michael each reached to start the game and the red-hot Lance Ray doubled both in with an opposite field extra-base hit down the left field line. Ray finished 3-for-5 and is hitting .358 in his last 22 games.

The Miracle also benefited from a bases loaded walk to Kyle Knudson. Jhon Goncalves added a two-run double and Santana an RBI single to give the Miracle a 7-0 lead.

Carl Pavano, making a MLB rehab start, went three scoreless innings for the Miracle, allowing just two hits and striking out two. Pavano handed a seven-run lead to the bullpen that allowed an 11-run inning for the second night in a row. On Wednesday, the Hammerheads scored 11 in the fifth inning en route to a 16-2 blow out win.

The Miracle (51-69, 23-30) return to Roger Dean Stadium Friday night to begin a three-game series with the Palm Beach Cardinals.



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