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9-run second fuels Miracle win

April 25, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A second inning, nine-run offensive show Thursday evening helped the Fort Myers Miracle post a 9-6 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads at Hammond Stadium.

Jupiter kicked off the scoring with a run in the first and second innings off Miracle starter Brett Lee. In the first, Austin Barnes lined a one-out single to center field and scored three batters later on a Matt Juengel base hit. The Hammerheads picked up a run the following inning on a fielding error by second baseman Tyler Grimes and led 2-0.

The Miracle attacked in the bottom of the second inning, scoring nine runs on just three hits. Hammerheads starter Austin Brice issued two walks to Mike Gonzales and Niko Goodrum to start the inning. Then, a single by Stuart Turner loaded the bases. Brice (2-2) walked John Murphy, hit Adam Pettersen with a pitch and walked Travis Harrison to bring home Gonzales, Goodrum and Turner respectively.

Frankie Reed replaced Brice after 1 1/3 innings. Jorge Polanco cleared the bases with a grand slam onto the left field berm for his first home run of the year for a 7-2 lead. After doubling in the seventh, Polanco is now hitting .333 with seven doubles and 13 RBI in his last 19 games.

After a walk to Dalton Hicks, Gonzales stepped up for his second at-bat of the inning and took Reed deep for a two-run homer and a 9-2 Miracle advantage.

The Hammerheads got two back off Lee (2-1) in the sixth inning due in part to a pair of Miracle defensive mishaps.

Lee was relieved by Steven Gruver in the seventh. Gruver kept the Jupiter bats quiet that frame but allowed two in the eighth. Alonzo Harris tripled home Juengel and Barber to cut the Miracle lead to three runs.

Madison Boer breezed through the ninth inning for the Miracle, earning his second save and securing the 9-6 Miracle victory.

Lee totaled six innings on the night, three of which were perfect frames. He surrendered four runs, two earned, and struck out a pair to record his second win of the season.

Brice was tagged with the loss after allowing six earned runs, two hits and four walks.

The Palm Beach Cardinals arrive for a three-game series at Hammond Stadium starting Friday.



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