CLEARWATER - Adam Brett Walker smashed two home runs and helped the Fort Myers Miracle erase a three-run deficit in the eighth inning for a come-from-behind 7-4 win over the Clearwater Threshers Friday night.
Trailing 4-1 entering the eighth inning, Walker ignited a five-run outburst with his 10th home run of the season. On an 0-1 pitch from Clearwater reliever Jordan Guth, Walker crushed a solo shot to deep left-center to cut the Threshers lead to a pair of runs.
Guth (1-2) then walked Dalton Hicks and Tyler Grimes. Kepler laid down a sacrifice bunt to third to move the runners over, but K.C. Serna's throw pulled Angelo Mora off the bag to load the bases. Mike Gonzales then stepped to the plate. On a 1-2 delivery, Gonzales sliced a bases-clearing double to the left field corner to put Fort Myers on top 5-4.
Aderling Mejia then reached on an error by Mora. With runners on the corners, Jorge Polanco hit a sacrifice fly into left that scored Gonzales and pushed the Miracle lead to 6-4.
Walker put a cap on the scoring in the ninth with another tape measure solo homer. His Florida State League leading 12th of the season, Walker sent a majestic drive into Frenchy's, a bar in straightaway left at Bright House Field.
Finishing the evening 3-for-5, Walker registered two homers, a double, two runs scored and two RBI.
Mason Melotakis qualified for the win out of the Miracle bullpen entering in the seventh inning. Melotakis (2-1) tossed a scoreless frame. Tim Shibuya then closed the door with a two-inning save in the eighth and ninth. The save was Shibuya's first of the season.
Fort Myers' late rally erased a 4-0 lead for the Threshers through the first four innings on nine hits.
The Threshers scored two runs against Miracle starter Brett Lee in the second. With two outs and bases empty, Gabriel Lino singled off Lee up the middle. Brian Pointer then lifted a fly ball into the gap in left center that tipped off of Eddie Rosario's glove on a diving attempt. Pointer's double brought in Lino to score the first run of the game, 1-0.
Malquin Canelo followed Pointer's double with a single into center field for a RBI.
The Miracle (31-22) are now one-half game ahead of the St. Lucie Mets in the FSL South and return to Hammond Stadium to open a four-game set with the Tampa Yankees Saturday.