Tom Stuifbergen pitched the first complete game of the season for the Fort Myers Miracle, but the big right-hander he took the loss.
The Bradenton Marauders edged the Miracle 2-1 in a fast game that lasted just one hour and 57 minutes Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.
Stuifbergen gave up just six hits, didn't allow an earned run and struck out three while avoiding walking any Marauders. He did commit an error that led to an unearned run and the unraveling of the sixth inning when the Marauders scored their only runs.
With runners on second and third and two outs, Carlos Paulino grounded harmlessly back to Stuifbergen. However, Stuifbergen threw high to first and pulled Steve Liddle off the bag, allowing Alex Dickerson to score to tie the game 1-1. Liddle then tried to gun down Justin Howard, who was rounding third and headed home, but Anderson Hidalgo lost control of the ball at third and Howard touched home to put the Marauders ahead.
The one-run lead was enough for Marauders starter Kyle Kaminska. The right-hander allowed just six hits and one run in seven innings. After he was spotted the lead he retired the side in the sixth and seventh. Overall he dispatched the final 10 Miracle hitters he faced.
Jhonathan Ramos pitched a perfect eighth and Douglas Salinas followed with a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game.
The Miracle scored their only run in the second. Daniel Ortiz led off with a double and came around to score on a single down the right field line off the bat of Kyle Knudson.
The Miracle only had one more good scoring chance over the remainder of the game. In the fourth they put runners at first and third with one out but Kaminska got Knudson to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Miracle (26-32, 54-71) and Marauders (58-69, 29-28) conclude their series at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. Former Detroit Tigers pitcher and 31-game winner Denny McLain will be on hand at for Irish Night at Hammond Stadium signing autographs and visiting with fans.