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Hurlburt gem leads Miracle win

May 9, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

JUPITER - David Hurlbut tossed a complete game to guide the Fort Myers Miracle to a 4-2 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads Thursday night.

Hurlbut (2-1) needed just 99 pitches to record 27 outs. Inducing three double plays, Hurlbut got Viosergy Rosa to ground into a 3-6-4 twin killing to end the game in the ninth. Fort Myers gave Hurlbut an early lead against Jupiter starter Scott Lyman.

In two previous starts against the Miracle, Lyman (2-2) had not allowed a run in 12 combined innings of work. Fort Myers broke through against Lyman in the first inning.

Levi Michael led off, but exited the game after fouling a 2-1 pitch off his front foot. Aderling Mejia entered for Michael with a 2-2 count and laced a single through the left side. Mejia was retied at second base on a force play hit into by Jorge Polanco. Then, Byron Buxton doubled down the left field line to put runners at second and third with one out.

Mike Gonzales lined an 0-2 pitch into center to bring in Polanco and Buxton. After a ground out to third by Niko Goodrum, Adam Brett Walker delivered a two-out double down the first base line to score Gonzales from second and give the Miracle a 3-0 lead.

The Hammerheads got one run back in the bottom of the first against Miracle starter David Hurlbut. Viosergy With runners on the corners, Rosa drove in a run by beating out a potential double play 3-1.

The Miracle put pressure on the Jupiter defense in the second inning. With one out, Mejia earned a walk and went first to third on a Polanco base hit. Then, Polanco stole second base. The throw down by Austin Barnes went into center field and Mejia scored from third, 4-1.

Jupiter scratched a run across on Hurlbut (2-1) in the fourth on back-to-back doubles Matt Juengel and Rosa. Juengel led off with a two-bagger into right center and Rosa followed with a roller down the first base line to bring in Juengel, 4-2.

Hurlbut did not allow another hit until the ninth.

The Miracle (20-14) have won four in a row and return to Hammond Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Friday night for the first of two against the Hammerheads (13-21).



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