FORT MYERS - Tim Shibuya flirted with a no-hitter in seven scoreless innings and the Fort Myers Miracle shutout the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 10-0, at Hammond Stadium on Tuesday night.
Shibuya's (4-2) no-hit bid was ended after 6.1 innings when Patrick Leonard singled through the left side. Over seven innings, Shibuya allowed just two hits with no walks and struck out four. Of the 21 outs recorded by Shibuya, 10 were on ground balls.
The Miracle gave Shibuya an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning. With one out, Aderling Mejia hit a chopper to the right side for an infield hit off Stone Crabs starter Blake Snell. Stephen Wickens then sliced a 3-2 pitch into right field. Julian Ridings tried a sliding grab, but the ball bounced past him to the wall. Wickens pulled into third with a RBI triple and Mejia scored from first. Adam Brett Walker drove in his 51st run with a sacrifice fly to center.
Fort Myers Miracle first baseman Aderlin Mejia rounds third on a triple by teammate Stephen Wickens against the Charlotte Stone Crabs Tuesday night at Hammond Stadium.
In the fifth, the Miracle plated eight runs off the Stone Crabs on just three hits. The combination of Snell (1-2) and reliever Luis Cabrera issued five walks and Charlotte committed three errors. The big blow in the fifth came on a grand slam from Wickens. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Wickens launched a 1-0 pitch from Cabrera into the CenturyLink lawn in left field to push the Miracle lead to 8-0. Stuart Turner added a RBI single and Tyler Grimes drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to cap off the scoring in the fifth.
Wickens finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBI. His grand slam was the sixth hit by the Miracle this season.
B.J. Hermsen entered the game for the Miracle in the eighth and pitched a scoreless frame and Alex Wimmers struck out the side in the ninth.
The Miracle (37-27) host the Stone Crabs (30-33) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. for Ladies Night. Gates open at 6 p.m. and ladies receive free admission and two complimentary drinks. For more information, visit www.miraclebaseball.com.