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Crabs end Miracle win streak 4-3

July 15, 2017
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

PORT CHARLOTTE - Ryan Boldt's walk-off home run snapped an 8-game win streak for the Fort Myers Miracle Thursday night and kept the Charlotte Stone Crabs from being swept by the Miracle 4-3.

Eduar Lopez struggled early against the Miracle hitters. Tanner English doubled on the first pitch of the game. Two batters later he was brought home by Jermaine Palacios on a sacrifice fly. Mitchell Kranson then launched a solo home run to right, his second of the year, to give Fort Myers a 2-0 lead.

Two innings later, Sean Miller boomed his first Florida State League home run, a solo shot to left, to make it 3-0. It was Miller's first home run in the league in 333 at-bats which prompted the silent treatment upon return to the dugout. Lopez did not allow a run after that, going six innings and striking out a season-high seven batters.

In the bottom of the fourth against starter David Fischer, Brett Sullivan stood at the plate with a pair of runners on base. He tied the game at 3-3 with a three-run tater to right, and the game stayed tied until the end.

Both bullpens settled down the opposition. The Miracle managed just one hit after the third inning and were sent down in order in the ninth by Dalton Moats (5-0). After Williams Ramirez and Michael Theofanopoulos tossed two scoreless frames each for Fort Myers, Alex Muren (0-2) came in for the ninth. Boldt, the first batter of the ninth, sent a second pitch changeup out of the yard to right, giving Charlotte the 4-3 win.

Fort Myers heads home for a three-game series with the St. Lucie Mets.

Fact Box

Record: 15-5 (48-40)

Home: 30-14 Away: 18-26 Strk: L-1

Friday's Game

Stone Crabs 4, Miracle 3

Upcoming Games

July 15 - vs. St. Lucie, 6:05 p.m.

July 16 - vs. St. Lucie, 4:05 p.m.

July 17 - vs. St. Lucie, 7:05 p.m.

July 18 - at Bradenton, 6:30 p.m.

July 19 - at Bradenton, 10:30 a.m.

July 20 - at Bradenton, 6:30 p.m.

July 21 - vs. Tampa, 7:05 p.m.

July 22 - vs. Tampa, 6:05 p.m.

July 23 - vs. Tampa, 4:05 p.m.

July 24 - vs. Tampa, 7:05 p.m.

July 25 - at Lakeland, 6:30 p.m.

July 26 - at Lakeland, 6:30 p.m.

July 27 - at Lakeland, 6:30 p.m.

July 28 - at Lakeland, 6:30 p.m.

July 29 - at Clearwater, 6:15 p.m.

July 30 - at Clearwater, 1 p.m.

July 31 - at Clearwater, 7 p.m.



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