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Paul hits walk-off, 3-run home run for Miracle

Fort Myers earns third straight victory, 5-2

May 17, 2017
Special to The Breeze (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Chris Paul's walk-off three-run home run capped a wild night as the Fort Myers Miracle (19-20) took home a 5-2 win over the Clearwater Threshers (22-17) after a 70-minute rain delay.

Before the delay, right-hander David Fischer took advantage of an early 2-0 lead by not allowing a hit through three innings. The Miracle used RBI-singles in the first from Zander Wiel and Alex Perez to jump in front.

In the bottom of the third, the rain came pouring down and out came the tarp for a 70-minute delay.

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Fort Myers catcher Brian Navarreto (22) is greeted by teammates after scoring a run during Monday’s game against the Clearwater Threshers. The Miracle won 7-3. To view more photos from the game, see our Facebook page.

Once the teams took the field again, Fischer was back on the mound out to pick up where he left off. His first hit allowed came in the fifth, and the Threshers quickly loaded the bases with two outs down a pair of runs. Herlis Rodriguez came through with a two-run single to tie the game, ending Fischer's night.

Relievers on both sides shut down the opposition until the bottom of the ninth. Alex Muren and Nick Anderson (W, 2-0) combined to toss the final 4.1 innings with just one hit between them. RHP Harold Arauz shined in his Florida State League debut, fanning six over 3.2 scoreless frames.

Righty Jared Waguespack (0-2) worked smoothly through the seventh and eighth, but the ninth started with an error by Drew Stankiewicz at second base off a ground ball from Brian Navarreto. Sean Miller then sacrificed pinch-runner Daniel Kihle over with a bunt before the Threshers intentionally walked Max Murphy. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third in the 2-2 tie. Waguespack struck out Bradley Strong which brought up Paul with two outs.

On the 1-0 pitch, Paul hit a bullet to left-center. The no-doubter cleared the fence and gave the Miracle the 5-2 win.

The two teams play game three of four tonight at 6:35 p.m. Two lefties battle as Lachlan Wells opposes Cole Irvin on a Women's WINsday.

Miracle 7, Threshers 3: The Fort Myers Miracle (18-20) used eight extra-base hits to defeat the Clearwater Threshers (22-16) Monday night in the series opener. Cody Stashak's (1-3) quality start propelled him to his first win of the season.

Clearwater started the scoring in the top of the first with a double play ball that brought in Zach Coppola. Fort Myers countered half an inning later with Max Murphy's third tater of the season, this one off Jose Taveras, who falls to 4-2 with the loss.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Miracle took the lead thanks to Nelson Molina's two-out triple, plating Brian Navarreto. Clearwater answered the back-and-forth battle with a run of their own in the third on Cornelius Randolph's sac fly.

The bottom of the third spelled trouble for Taveras. Bradley Strong's leadoff home run began a stretch of four consecutive extra-base hits. Alex Perez doubled followed by a Chris Paul RBI-single. Zander Wiel drove in Paul with a triple, giving Fort Myers a 5-2 lead.

Stashak finished with three strikeouts and allowed two runs over six innings of work. Jonny Drozd relieved him and yielded a run over two frames. In a 5-3 game in the bottom of the eighth, Navarreto delivered two more tallies with a double to left, providing the 7-3 final.

 
 
 

 

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