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Cubs overcome 10 strikeouts, down Miracle 4-2

May 19, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Daytona Cubs knocked off the Fort Myers Miracle 4-2 Monday in front of 2,396 fans on Education Day at Hammond Stadium.

Jose Berrios put together a strong start in a no decision, but a few lapses in command resulted in a pair of runs for the Cubs.

In the first, Berrios walked leadoff hitter Pin-Chieh Chen, then surrendered a double to Zeke DeVoss. With runners at second and third, Berrios got a swinging strikeout of Albert Amora, but the pitch eluded catcher Jairo Rodriguez allowing Chen to sciore from third. Berrios rallied to get the final three outs, fanning the final two.

The score stayed at 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Jorge Polanco coaxed a walk from Cubs reliever Nathan Dorris. A ground out to second by Dalton Hicks moved Polanco to second. On a 1-2 pitch with two outs, Travis Harrison hit a sharp ground ball to the left side that bounced over the glove of a diving Marco Hernandez. Polanco trotted home to tie the game 1-1.

In the seventh, the Cubs regained the lead. Wilson Contreras picked up a one-out infield single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Hernandez flew out to center, but Chen doubled to left-center to bring in Contreras.

The Miracle rallied again in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Gonzales worked a one-out walk and Rodriguez followed with a base hit through the left side. Jonathan Murphy doubled to right to score Gonzales. Cut-off man Tim Saunders unleashed a one-hop bullet to home plate to punch out Rodriguez trying to score.

Berrios' day finished after seven innings and 10 strikeouts, setting a new individual-best for Miracle pitcher this season. Berrios allowed two runs on five hits and walked three.

Brian Gilbert took over in the eighth. Almora singled to start the inning. After a fly out by Dan Vogelbach, Jeimer Candelario hit a high pop fly on the infield. Harrison raced in from third, but the ball bounced off his mitt for an error.

Rodriguez gunned down Almora at third in an attempted steal for the second out. With runners at first and second, Saunders hit a grounder to third that also was misplayed by Harrison and put runners on the corners.

On an 0-2 pitch, Contreras lined a pitch from Gilbert (0-1) into right field for a two-run base hit and supplied the Cubs with a 4-2 lead.

Dorris (1-0) earned the win in 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing two runs on three hits. Austin Reed recorded the final four outs for his second save of the series and season.

The Miracle (24-19) head to Dunedin to take on the Blue Jays for the beginning of a four-game series Tuesday evening.



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