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Blue Jays edge Miracle 4-2

May 22, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Blue Jays scored three runs in the sixth inning en route to a 4-2 win over the Fort Myers Miracle Wednesday night.

The Miracle scored a run in the first inning after some shaky play by the Blue Jays. Travis Harrison extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out single off Dunedin starter Daniel Norris. Harrison advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then, Dalton Hicks hit a grounder to the right side. Moving to his left Jorge Flores watched ball bounce by his glove and Harrison raced around third to score.

Dunedin tied the game 1-1 in the second. With one out, Derrick Chung singled to center off Miracle starter David Hurlbut. Then, on an 0-1 pitch, Christian Lopes doubled off the wall in left to bring in Chung.

Dalton Pompey broke the tie in the sixth inning with a long solo homer to lead off the inning against Hurlbut (3-2). The long ball is Pompey's second of the series and fifth of the season. The Blue Jays followed with a Dwight Smith, Jr. base hit through the right side. Marcus Knecht then barreled a 2-1 pitch into right-center - to score Smith. Aderling Mejia's throw home was cut off by Hicks. Appearing to have Knecht hung up going to third, Hicks' throw was wide of Niko Goodrum at third and ricocheted down the left field line for an error. Knecht trotted home.

Norris left the game after the fifth and received a no decision. Norris allowed one unearned run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Reliever Chad Girodo entered in the sixth and pitched a pair of perfect innings, before giving up a leadoff double to Mejia in the eighth. Jorge Polanco's bouncer to second moved Mejia to third. Harrison struck out, but the ball got away from catcher Derrick Chung and Mejia scored on the wild pitch. Efrain Nieves came in and recorded the final two outs of the eighth.

In the ninth, the Miracle got a pair of hits off closer Arik Sikula, but the Jays right-hander struck out two in a scoreless frame to record his FSL leading 13th save.

Hurlbut went six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Tim Shibuya and Brandon Peterson each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

The Miracle (25-20) face the Blue Jays (32-13) in the third of a four-game series Thursday night.



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