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Miracle ready for playoffs

August 30, 2013
By JIM LINETTE ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

While the Fort Myers Miracle won't sweep both halves of the Florida State League season in the South Division, they could not ask for a better playoff opponent for the Division Championship Series that starts on Tuesday.

The Charlotte Stone Crabs are leading the division while nursing a two-game lead over the Palm Beach Cardinals with three days left. In the season series against the Crabs, the Miracle dominated by winning 11 of 16 games.

The Miracle won the first eight meetings of the season before the Crabs broke through with a victory. The Crabs managed to take four of the last six from the first-half champion Miracle.

The Miracle, 31-32 heading into Thursday's games at Bradenton, clinched the South Division championship on June 8, assuring them of their first playoff appearance since 2009.

If the Crabs go on to win the second half title this weekend, the Division Championship series starts Tuesday at Charlotte.

The Miracle had the option of starting the best-of-three series at home or on the road and elected to travel for the first game. The next two games are to be played at Hammond Stadium.

The Daytona Cubs have clinched the second-half title in the North Division and will face first-half champion Dunedin in that Division Championship series this week.

The best-of-five FSL?Championship series begins next weekend. The South Division champion has home field advantage for the FSL Championship series.

The Miracle (76-54 overall) avoided a series sweep by beating the Palm Beach Cardinals 7-1 Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium.

Matt Summers, the Florida State League leader in ERA, held the Cardinals to one run and five hits in six innings. He walked two, struck out four and lowered his ERA to 2.47.



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