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Miracle on climb in division

August 2, 2013
By JIM LINETTE ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Fort Myers Miracle were wrapping up an eight-game homestand Thursday night, looking to go 6-2 against North Division rivals Clearwater and Daytona at Hammond Stadium.

The homestand has helped the Miracle (21-17) gain ground in their South Division standings, closing to within one-half game of the first-place Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-16). The Miracle are tied for second place with the St. Lucie Mets (20-16).

Having won seven of their last 10 games, the Miracle hit the road after Thursday's game for four games in Tampa before stopping at Charlotte for one game before returning to Hammond Stadium to play the Stone Crabs two more times.

In Wednesday night's game, the Daytona Cubs scored an earned run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 2-1 lead.

Cubs shortstop Elliot Soto deposited a looping single into shallow right field to drive in the game-winning run. Soto's flare came off Miracle reliever Zack Jones with two outs.

Cubs closer Frank Del Valle sealed the win for Cubs with a scoreless ninth inning to record his seventh save.

The Cubs other run came in the top of the fourth on a solo home run by Dustin Geiger, who broke a scoreless tie with his 11th homer of the season against Miracle starter Jason Wheeler.

Geiger's homer was the only run allowed by Wheeler in six innings. He scattered seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

With one out in the seventh inning, the Miracle's Mike Kvasnicka doubled into the right field corner off Cubs reliever Austin Reed. a wild pitch put Kvasnicka on third.

Jhon Goncalves lifted a sacrifice fly to right field with Kvasnicka beating the throw to the plate.

The Miracle took a 66-39 overall season record into Thursday's game.



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