The Charlotte Stone Crabs knocked off the Fort Myers Miracle 3-1 Thursday night at Hammond Stadium.
The Stone Crabs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a bases loaded walk. After allowing two hits to start the game, Miracle starter Manuel Soliman retired Drew Vettleson on a pop out to third and then struck out Richie Shaffer looking. Soliman then battled his control and walked Jeff Malm to the load bases. Soliman issued another free pass to Alejandro Segovia to force in a run and give the Crabs a lead.
Soliman (1-5) held Charlotte scoreless through the next three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Allowing a hit and a walk, Soliman was removed from the game and manager Doug Mientkiewicz turned to Tyler Duffey out of the bullpen. Duffey induced a double play and struck out Shaffer to end the inning. Soliman allowed one run on five hits in four innings with three walks and six strikeouts.
In the sixth, Charlotte tagged Duffey for a pair of runs. With two outs and two on, Kes Carter smoked a line drive triple into right center field to plate Segovia and Jake Depew to extend the Stone Crab lead to 3-0.
Fort Myers scored a run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Aderling Mejia. Levi Michael started the inning with a single into center, then advanced to second on an error by the shortstop Jake Hager. Stone Crab reliever Shay Crawford then slung a wild pitch to the backstop to move Michael to third. Mejia hit a fly ball to shallow right field to plate Michael and get the Miracle on the board, 3-1.
Nate Garcia recorded the final six outs and gave up just one hit to notch his ninth save of the season. Jacob Partridge pitched one scoreless inning and was awarded the win to improve to 2-4. Lenny Linsky started for Charlotte and went four scoreless innings, but received a no decision.
The Miracle (67-43, 22-21) host the Stone Crabs (54-55, 25-17) at 7:05 p.m. Friday .