The record-setting winning streak of the Fort Myers Miracle came to an end Wednesday night when the Palm Beach Cardinals posted a 5-3 victory at Hammond Stadium.
The loss snapped the season-opening 12-game winning streak which also is the best ever for the Miracle since moving to Fort Myers in 1992. Unfortunately, the Miracle came up one win shy of setting a new record for most consecutive wins overall in team history. The 1995 and 2007 teams also won 12 in a row.
The Miracle streak ended in large part because of the strong pitching performance by Palm Beach starter Sam Gaviglio, who gave up two runs and seven hits over six solid innings.
Nursing a 3-2 lead, Gaviglio got out of bases-loaded jam in the sixth when he got Kyle Knudson to fly out right field.
The Miracle made one last ditch effort to extend the streak in the ninth against closer Heath Wyatt. They loaded the bases with one out and A.J. Pettersen delivered a run-scoring single to cut the deficit to 5-3. With the tying run on second and the winning run on first, Angel Morales grounded into a game-ending double play.
A 13-game winning streak looked promising early. For the 11th time in 13 games, the Miracle scored first. Morales plated Knudson on a sac-fly in the second and Eddie Rosario followed with a groundout that allowed Andy Leer to cross home and make it 2-0.
Miracle starter Matt Summers cruised through four innings , but he ran into trouble in the fifth and sixth after easily recording the first two outs.
The Miracle (12-1) are at St. Lucie (9-4) for the first three games of a seven-game road trip.