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Defending champs next for Miracle

May 16, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

VIERA - Having won seven of their last 10 games and enjoying life atop the Florida State League's South Division standings, the Fort Myers Miracle turn their attention to their next four-game homestand that starts Friday night against the defending league champion Daytona Cubs.

It's the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. The struggling Cubs (12-24) currently are in fifth place in the North Division standings.

The Miracle (23-16) took a one-game division lead with Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Brevard County Manatees, but Thursday's four-game series finale was washed out by rain.

Adam Brett Walker belted a grand slam homer in the first inning to account for all of the Miracle runs.

In the first, the Miracle capitalized on a couple of walks by Manatees starter Jed Bradley. After retiring Aderling Mejia to start the game, Bradley (4-2) surrendered a single to Niko Goodrum and walked Jorge Polanco. On a double steal attempt, Polanco was erased at second base by catcher Parker Berberet.

Bradley then walked Dalton Hicks and plunked Travis Harrison with 2-2 pitch to load the bases. Walker stepped to the dish and delivered a bases clearing grand slam to give the Miracle a 4-0 lead. On a 1-1 pitch, Walker lifted a pitch over the leaping glove of right fielder Nathan Orf and the fence. The homer is Walker's sixth of the year.

The Manatees returned fire in the bottom of the first, picking up a pair of runs off Miracle starter David Hurlbut.

Hurlbut (3-1) settled down to deliver seven innings for the Miracle and pick up the win. The two runs, one earned, were the only allowed by Hurlbut who scattered eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Goodrum finished the game 3-for-4 and Walker was 2-for-4 with four RBI. Polanco extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the fifth inning.



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