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Miracle take two at Jupiter

August 31, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

JUPITER - The Fort Myers Miracle took both games of a doubleheader, 5-0 and 7-3, against the Jupiter Hammerheads Saturday night.

In game one, Ethan Mildren twirled a gem and recorded the 14th shutout for the Miracle pitching staff in 2014. Mildren (3-3) faced just two over the minimum and recorded 10 outs on the ground. Mildren allowed just three hits, no walks and punched out two.

After being blanked by the duo of MLB rehabilitation starter Carter Capps and reliever Austin Brice for five innings, the Miracle offense burst through in the fifth inning. Brice (8-9) issued a lead-off walk to Jason Kanzler. Aderling Mejia sacrificed Kanzler to second and Goodrum advanced him to third with a ground out to short. Then, Travis Harrison hit a routine grounder to short, but Yosmany Guerra's throw was wild and rolled down the first base line allowing Kanzler to score.

Harrison advanced to second and was joined on the bases when Brice walked Dalton Hicks. Stuart Turner then stepped up and singled into right center with two outs to score Harrison. Max Kepler followed with a double ripped to the right filed corner to plate two more Miracle runs. Brice exited the game in favor of Jupiter reliever Brian Elington. After a base on balls to Adam Brett Walker, Ellington surrendered a RBI single to Tyler Grimes to push the Miracle lead to 5-0.

Brice took the loss for the Hammerheads. In 3 2/3 innings, Brice gave up five unearned runs on three hits with three walks and a strikeout.

In game two, the Miracle jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of RBI hits over the first two innings. Dalton Hicks delivered a two-out single to drive in Mejia in the first off Jupiter starter Scott Lyman. In the second, Kanzler sent a base hit through the middle to bring in Bryan Haar.

The Hammerheads battled back to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth with a pair of RBI doubles by Chadd Krist and Jesus Solarzano.

The teams traded runs in the fifth. The Miracle got another RBI hit through the left side by Hicks. A throwing error by Haar allowed a Hammerheads run to score in the bottom of the fifth.

Tied 3-3, the Miracle in the top of the seventh sent nine hitters to the plate. With one out, Travis Harrison doubled into the left field corner off Jupiter reliever Casey McCarthy. Hicks and Walker earned back-to-back walks to load the bases. Grimes then hit a one-hop smash to third base off new Jupiter pitcher Brad Mincey that drove in a run to put the Miracle up. The play was ruled an error, but Grimes was awarded a RBI.

Haar extended the Miracle lead with a two-run single. On a 2-2 pitch, Haar hit a line drive through the middle to bring in Hicks and Walker. Jairo Rodriguez followed Haar's hit with a RBI single of his own to push the Miracle lead to 7-3 with a four-run seventh.

Zack Jones finished out the game with a scoreless bottom of the seventh in a non-save situation. Nick Burdi pitched around a bunt single in the sixth to earn the victory. Burdi (2-0) struck out two.

The Miracle (81-57, 40-29) wrap up the regular season at 10:35 a.m. Sunday against Jupiter. Fort Myers still has a chance to win the FSL South Division in the second half if the Bradenton Marauders lose both games of a doubleheader and the Miracle win Sunday.



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