FORT MYERS - Richie Shaffer belted a solo home run off of Taylor Rogers in the seventh inning on Tuesday to give the Charlotte Stone Crabs a 1-0 victory over the Fort Myers Miracle.
Rogers pitched eight innings and allowed just three hits, but the leadoff opposite field homer by Shaffer was enough for the Crabs.
A trio of Charlotte pitchers shut out the Miracle and held them to them to four hits. Starter Ryan Carpenter scattered three hits and struck out three in his four innings of work.
Lenny Linsky tossed three innings of three hit ball while striking out four to earn the win. Andrew Bellatti retired the sides in order in the eighth and ninth for the save.
Scoring opportunities were limited for both sides. The best chance for the Miracle came in the fourth against Carpenter. With one out and Stephen Wickens on first, D.J. Hicks launched a double over left fielder Taylor Motter's head and off the wall. Motter relayed the ball to Jake Hager, who threw a perfect strike to catcher Luke Bailey. Bailey applied the tag at the plate to get Wickens and keep the game scoreless.
The Miracle put runners at the corners with two outs in the seventh, but Linsky got Hicks to ground out to first to end the threat.
Rogers used three double play balls in the first three innings to hold the Crabs at bay. He struck out five.
Byron Buxton went 1 for 3 with a walk and stolen base. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Wickens went 1 for 2 with a walk and stolen base. He is now riding a 13-game hitting streak.
The Miracle (71-50, 26-28) and Stone Crabs (60-60, 31-22) will play a double header on Wedesday at Charlotte Sports Park beginning at 5 p.m. Join Adam MacDonald for the broadcast beginning at 4:45 p.m. on www.miraclebaseball.com.
The yellow buses are rolling, the school bell's are already ringing and the Miracle have teamed up with Wendy's to encourage you to hit the books! The Miracle have added Saturday, August 24 to the Books-N-Bats campaign.
Fans can pick up tickets at Wendy's locations in Lee and Collier County. The Miracle will host the St. Lucie Mets at 6:05 p.m. Gates to Hammond Stadium will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 24 is also the final Dog Daze of the season. Fans are encouraged to bring the family dog out to the ballpark for a barking good time.