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Late heroics lift Miracle 3-2 in 11 innings

July 25, 2013
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

VIERA - Mike Kvasnicka's RBI single in the top of the 11th inning lifted the Fort Myers Miracle to a 3-2 win over the Brevard County Manatees Wednesday night.

Manatees reliever Santo Manzanillo retired the first two hitters in the top of the 11th before Jhon Goncalves blasted a 3-1 pitch over left fielder Ben McMahan's out-stretched glove. Ruled a two-base error, Goncalves stood at second base and watched Kvasnicka build a 2-0 count. On the next pitch, Kvasnicka roped a single into right field. As Goncalves rounded third base, Mitch Haniger unloaded a one-hop throw home that eluded catcher Rafael Neda. Goncalves slid in safely and the Miracle took a one-run lead.

In the bottom of the 11th, Adrian Salcedo worked around an error to retire the side and complete a series victory over Brevard County. Salcedo (5-1) worked the two extra innings without allowing a hit or a run.

A low-scoring game, the Miracle scored the first run in the first inning. After Aderling Mejia earned a walk, D.J. Hicks blasted a double into left center field that scored Mejia and gave Fort Myers a brief 1-0 lead.

Cameron Garfield answered for Brevard County with a two-out, two-run single to right in the bottom of the first off Miracle starter Matt Tomshaw.

That was the end of the scoring on the night for the Manatees and the Miracle did not cross home plate again until the ninth. Tomshaw settled into the game to put up six consecutive scoreless innings. In a no-decision, Tomshaw allowed two runs on four hits with six strikeouts over seven.

Manatee starter Tyler Cravy also received a no decision after pitching seven innings of one-run baseball. Cravy handed the game to reliever Tommy Toledo in the eighth. Toledo remained in the game in the ninth with a 2-1 lead.

On the second pitch of the inning, Kennys Vargas launched a 1-0 pitch from Toledo over the fence in right field for his 15th home run of the season. The solo blast tied the game 2-2 and paved the way for Kvasnicka's late inning heroics.

Finishing up an eight-game road trip with a 6-2 record, the Miracle (61-37, 16-15) return to Hammond Stadium Thursday to open an eight-game homestand with the first four against the Clearwater Threshers.



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