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Tomshaw shuts down Cubs

July 30, 2013
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Matt Tomshaw pitched eight scoreless innings to lead the Fort Myers Miracle to a 5-0 win over the Daytona Cubs Monday night at Hammond Stadium.

Tomshaw, who shut out Brevard County over the final six innings of his last outing, has now tossed 14 consecutive scoreless innings. On Monday, he only allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four Cubs.

Zeke DeVoss recorded three of the four hits off Tomshaw.

The Miracle gave Tomshaw all the run support he needed in the first. Byron Buxton singled and advanced to second on a ground out. He then stole third and trotted home when catcher Chadd Krist's throw down to the bag skipped into left field.

Matt Koch added a solo home run against Cubs starter Scott Baker in the fourth. Baker, who last pitched in the majors with the Minnesota Twins in 2011, was the opening day starter for the Miracle last year at Charlotte.

The Miracle tagged Pierce Johnson for three runs in the fifth. Mike Kvasnicka singled home D.J. Hicks and Stephen Wickens followed with a two-run double to right field to make it 5-0.

Johnson settled down to pitch the next three innings scoreless, but his offense could not spark a rally as Tomshaw retired the side in order in the seventh and pitched around a two-out double from DeVoss in the eighth.

Nelvin Fuentes preserved the shutout by recording the final three outs in the ninth.

Baker took the loss. He reached his pitch count limit after completing 3 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs - one earned - on three hits.

Buxton went 2-for-5 with a run scored in the leadoff spot.

The Miracle (65-38, 20-16) improved to 4-1 on their season-long eight game homestand. They host the Cubs (55-44, 20-13) again Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Hammond Stadium



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