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Miracle topple Hammerheads 7-1

June 23, 2013
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Michael Kvasnicka drove in four runs and Taylor Rogers shut down Jupiter over six inning as the Fort Myers Miracle defeated the Hammerheads 7-1 Saturday at Hammond Stadium.

After Jhonathan Goncalves doubled to lead off the second inning, Kvasnicka followed with another double to score Goncalves and put Fort Myers ahead 2-1. The Miracle would lead the rest of the game.

Rogers, who started for the South team in the Florida State League All Star Game, pitched six innings of one run ball to earn the win. In his first time out since the FSL Mid Summer Classic a week ago, Rogers showed some rust by walking four, but he was able to limit the Hammerheads to just four singles.

Alex Burg drew a walk to start the second inning and later scored on a fielders choice. That would be the only blemish of the night against Rogers (6-1). He retired the side in order in the fourth, and in the sixth, he got Ryan Rieger to ground out to end the frame with runners on first and second.

The Miracle opened a 1-0 lead against Jose Urena in the first when Kennys Vargas singled home Wilkin Ramirez. They took the lead for good on Kvasnicka's double in the second.

Andy Leer belted the third double of the second inning off of Urena to plate Kvasnicka and put the Miracle ahead 3-1.

Aderling Mejia singled in Jairo Rodriguez in the sixth to make it 4-1. Mejia went 4 for 5 as the Miracle lead off hitter.

Kvasnicka put the game away in the seventh when he lined a 1-2 pitch from Ronald Barnes over the right field wall for a three-run homer, his first for the Minnesota Twins' organization.

Jose Gonzalez pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Ryan O'Rourke pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game.

Urena took the loss. He gave up seven hits and three runs - two earned - in five innings.

The Miracle (47-23, 2-1) completed their six-game homestand at Hammond Stadium with a 4-2 record. The team travels to Palm Beach Sunday to start a three-game series with the Cardinals.



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