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11-run surge dooms Miracle

May 10, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Five errors committed by the Fort Myers Miracle contributed to an 11-run fourth inning and subsequent 11-2 loss to the Jupiter Hammerheads Friday night at Hammond Stadium in front of a crowd of 3,963.

The Miracle grabbed two runs in the bottom of the first off Hammerheads starter Jake Esch. Aderling Mejia led off with a single and a stolen base. Max Kepler followed with a walk, and Travis Harrison slapped a two-RBI double to put the Miracle up 2-0.

Miracle starter Alex Wimmers cruised through the Jupiter lineup until the fourth inning. Viosergy Rosa and Austin Barnes began the frame with back-to-back singles, and Rosa scored on an infield base hit by Colin Moran. Then, Jesus Solorzano plated Barnes with a sacrifice fly.

Later in the fourth, four errors split between second baseman Niko Goodrum, third baseman Travis Harrison and shortstop Jorge Polanco led to nine unearned runs and an 11-2 Jupiter advantage. Wimmers (2-2) was tagged with eight of the unearned runs for a total of 10 in his 3.2-inning appearance. The final unearned run was tacked to Tim Shibuya, who completed the frame and allowed two hits.

Wimmers took the loss, his second of the season, for the Miracle.

Shibuya, Brandon Peterson and Tyler Jones alleviated the damage over the final five innings. Between the fifth and sixth Shibuya granted only one more hit and struck out two. Peterson took over in the seventh and threw two shutout innings, and Jones breezed through the ninth with a perfect frame.

The Miracle bats were silenced in the remainder of the game. Mike Gonzales highlighted the offense with a pair of doubles in a 3-for-4 performance.

Esch (1-1) gained his first win of the season with a six-inning outing for the Hammerheads. The right-hander allowed two earned runs on four hits and fanned out four. Casey McCarthy snatched his first save of the season after pitching three scoreless innings.

The Miracle and Hammerheads round out the series at 6"05 p.m. Saturday.



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