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Molina lifts Miracle 4-3

August 4, 2017
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Nelson Molina rocketed a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Fort Myers Miracle (24-16) a wild 4-3 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads (24-15) Thursday night. The win snapsd Jupiter's nine-game winning streak.

This wild game had a little bit of everything. For starters, Minnesota Twins pitcher and former Miracle Glen Perkins began the night with a scoreless first inning of rehab work. The lefty retired all three batters he faced including a strikeout of Mason Davis.

Miracle starter Brady Anderson and Hammerheads' starter Merandy Gonzalez each tossed five innings of one-run ball to keep their teams in the game. The Miracle (24-16, 57-51) struck first when Brandon Lopez came in on a Gonzalez wild pitch in the fifth. Jupiter answered in the sixth after Anderson allowed a triple to Davis followed by Colby Lusignan's sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the sixth, the game was at its tipping point with the bases loaded and two outs in a 1-1 game when the light stanchion in left-center went dark, causing a 22-minute delay. Once play resumed, Brent Rooker checked his swing on a pitch that rolled to the backstop. Mitchell Kranson raced home from third and scored. Only then did the appeal move to the field umpire Ricardo Estrada who said Rooker went around, ending the inning without a run on the board.

The Miracle retook the lead in the seventh with a pair of runs. They loaded the bases against Lukas Schiraldi when Kranson lifted a sac-fly to center to score Jaylin Davis. Molina scored on Jupiter's third wild pitch of the night to give the Miracle a 3-1 lead.

In the top of the eighth, Jupiter plated the first earned runs against Andrew Vasquez. An infield single was followed by a hit batter and a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Davis and Lusignan each sent a groundball to first base to score a run and tie the game at 3-3, but Vasquez struck out John Silviano to strand Corey Bird at third.

Fact Box

Record: 24-16 (57-51)

Home: 33-19 Away: 24-32 Strk: W-2

Thursday's Game

Miracle 4, Hammerheads 2

Upcoming Games

Aug. 4 - vs. Jupiter, 7:05 p.m.

Aug. 5 - vs. Jupiter, 6:05 p.m.

Aug. 6 - vs. Jupiter, 11:05 a.m.

Aug. 7 - at Palm Beach, 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 8 - at Palm Beach, 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 9 - at Palm Beach, 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 10 - vs. Dunedin, 7:05 p.m.

Aug. 11 - vs. Dunedin, 7:05 p.m.

Aug. 12 - vs. Dunedin, 6:05 p.m.

Aug. 13 - vs. Dunedin, 4:05 p.m.

Aug. 14 - vs. Lakeland, 7:05 p.m.

Aug. 15 - vs. Lakeland, 7:05 p.m.

Aug. 16 - vs. Lakeland, 7:05 p.m.

Aug. 17 - vs. Lakeland, 7:05 p.m.

Aug. 18 - at Tampa, 7 p.m.

Aug. 19 - at Tampa, 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 20 - at Tampa, 1 p.m.

Aug. 21 - off

Aug. 22 - at Clearwater, 7 p.m.

After a scoreless top of the ninth by Alex Muren (1-2), Molina led off the bottom of the inning with a solo laser that ricocheted off the drink rail seating in right field. Molina raced around the bases with his arm raised high as he handed Jupiter and Felipe Gonzalez (8-8) the loss.

The teams return to action at 7:05 p.m. Friday night for the second of a four-game series at Hammond Stadium.



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