BRADENTON - The Fort Myers Miracle and Bradenton Marauders split a doubleheader on Tuesday at McKechnie Field. The Marauders won a wild game 1, 11-10, and the Miracle salvaged the night by winning game 2, 4-2.
In game 1, the Marauders broke a 5-5 tie in the fifth with a six-run inning, highlighted by a two-run homer off the bat of Justin Howard.
Trailing 11-5 in the seventh, the Miracle put together a furious rally. Anderson Hidalgo hit an RBI single to make 11-6, and then with the bases loaded, Angel Morales crushed a grand slam off of Zach Foster to make it 11-10 with no outs.
However, Doug Salinas came and retired three in a row to end the rally and the threat.
Clint Dempster only lasted 1/3 of an inning gave up six runs in taking the loss. Erik Turgeon got the win.
Matt Summers gave up five runs in four innings as the starter.
In game 2, Pat Dean pitched five innings and gave up two runs in picking up his 10th win of the season. He struck out five.
In a 2-2 game in the sixth, Steve Liddle broke the tie by bashing a monster two-run homer to right field to put Fort Myers up 4-2. It was Liddle's third consecutive game with a home run.
A.J. Achter collected his fifth save of the season by pitching a scoreless sixth and seventh.
The Miracle (29-34, 57-73) and the Marauders (31-31, 60-72) will meet for the final time in 2012 on Wednesday at McKechnie Field. Join the "Voice of the Miracle" Brice Zimmerman for the broadcast on miraclebaseball.com beginning at 6:15 p.m.