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Miracle rally to top Mets 4-3

July 16, 2017
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Jermaine Palacios capped a ninth-inning comeback with a walk-off double as the Fort Myers Miracle claimed the series-opening game against the St. Lucie Mets 4-3 Saturday night at Hammond Stadium.

The Miracle win allows them to hold their firm lead on first place in the

Forida State League's South Division standings.

The Miracle (16-5, 49-40) grabbed an early 2-0 lead with runs in the first and second innings. Palacios' two-out single sparked a mini-rally that culminated in Zander Wiel's RBI-double. After a leadoff double by Nelson Molina in the second, Sean Miller singled in the second run of the game. Miller, Palacios and Brandon Lopez all smacked three hits in the game.

Despite allowing a hit in every inning, Mets starter Nabil Crismatt blanked the Miracle for the rest of his seven innings. Fort Myers' Cody Stashak cruised into the sixth inning having set down his last 13 batters. A leadoff walk preceded John Mora's game-tying two-run home run to right. Jhoan Urena then singled and advanced to second on a delayed steal. With two outs, Patrick Mazeika blooped a single past the shift in right field, scoring Urena and giving the Mets a 3-2 lead.

Tom Hackimer, Alex Muren and Sam Clay (7-0) each provided scoreless innings to give the Miracle a chance in the ninth. Josh Torres (0-3) looked to record his fourth save against the top of the Fort Myers order.

Fact Box

Record: 16-5 (49-40)

Home: 31-14 Away: 18-26 Strk: W-1

Saturday's Game

Miracle 4, Mets 3

Upcoming Games

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.

After going down 0-2 in the count, Tanner English was hit by a pitch to put the tying run on base. English stole second, and a bad throw on the steal allowed him to take third as well. Lopez then doubled to left-center to tie the game 3-3, which set the scene for Palacios. The Miracle shortstop pelted a no-doubt hit to right-center to give Fort Myers its sixth walk-off win of the year.

The teams play again Sunday and Monday.



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