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Miracle overtake Manatees 4-2

July 22, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Fort Myers Miracle defeated the Brevard County Manatees 4-2 Monday night at Hammond Stadium in the second of a four-game series.

Scoreless through the first three innings, the Manatees broke the tie with two runs in the top of the fourth. After Miracle starter Matt Tomshaw struck out Greg Hopkins to start the frame, Cameron Garfield reached on a walk and moved to second on a single by Victor Roache. Mike Garza then sliced a 1-2 pitch into right center field to score Garfield. Garrett Cooper followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Manatees a 2-0 lead.

The Miracle answered immediately. In the bottom of the fourth, Fort Myers rallied with two outs. After going down in the 0-2, Dalton Hicks worked a full count from Brevard County starter Austin Ross. Hicks then sliced a single into center field. Adam Brett Walker then stepped up and smashed an 0-2 pitch off the wall in dead center to score Hicks from first. The RBI for Walker is his Florida State League leading 73rd.

Mike Gonzales then took a hammered a 1-1 pitch off the wall in left center to plate Walker and tie the game. Gonzales' double extends his hitting streak to 13 games.

Fort Myers took the lead in the sixth. Ross (7-3) issued a lead-off walk on four pitches to Travis Harrison. Hicks then picked up his second base hit of the game with a single to left. Ross then issued a free pass to Walker to load the bases.

Brevard manager Joe Ayrault went to the bullpen for left-hander Michael Strong. On his second pitch, Gonzales hit a grounder to third. Greg Hopkins fired to second base to get a force out, but Gonzales beat the relay throw to first to knock in a run. Stuart Turner followed by poking a single into right field to push across another run and give the Miracle a 4-2 lead.

Tomshaw (9-2) went 6 2/3 innings giving up two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. In the seventh, Tomshaw exited with the bases loaded and two outs. Miracle manager Doug Mientkiewicz turned to Brian Gilbert out of the pen. Gilbert struck out Hopkins to end the threat then pitched two more scoreless frames to earn his fifth save of the season.

The Miracle (61-37, 20-9) host the Manatees (51-41, 15-11) again at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.



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