The Fort Myers Miracle are looking to return to the top of the South Division standings and, hopefully, hold on through the final 10 games of the season.
The Miracle (35-24, 76-52 overall) entered Thursday's game at Bradenton one-half game behind the Marauders (35-23), who were tied for first with the Palm Beach Cardinals. A win Thursday night would complete a series sweep. A loss by the Cards would put the Miracle in front by a half game.
From there, the Miracle head to Charlotte for a three-game weekend series against the fourth-place Stone Crabs (29-27) starting Friday. They then return to Bradenton for their final three games of the season against the Marauders.
The end of that series leaves four games in regular season play for the Miracle, who return to JetBlue Park for their final two home games Aug. 28-29 against Jupiter. They close out the season with a pair at Jupiter.
As first-half division champs, the Miracle host their home playoff games at JetBlue Park after Labor Day.
Wednesday night, the Miracle launched three home runs in a 7-1 victory over the Marauders to pull within one-half game of the division lead.
The Miracle pounced on Marauders starter Jason Creasy in the first two innings. Max Kepler deposited the first home run in the center field bleachers to lead off the second inning and open a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Grimes hammered a three-run shot over the wall in the fourth inning to boost the lead to 5-0.
In the seventh, Jason Kanzler completed the power swell for the Miracle with a two-run shot off Bradenton reliever Tyler Sample, his third of the season.