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Miracle complete sweep of Hammeheads

August 6, 2017
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Zander Wiel's RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Fort Myers Miracle (27-16) a 5-4 walk-off win Sunday over the Jupiter Hammerheads (24-18) in the final game of the series at Hammond Stadium.

The win also is the fifth in a row for the Miracle (27-16, 60-51), completes a four-game sweep of the Hammerheads, who came to town atop the Florida State League's South Division standings but left in third place 2 1/2 games behind the Miracle.

Wiel and Tanner English launched back-to-back home runs in the first inning to provide the other four Miracle runs in the game.

The Hammerheads (24-18) plated a run in the first before Fort Myers took a 4-1 lead. Right-hander Sean Poppen retired the first two batters of all three innings he pitched. After the two outs were recorded, he surrendered a two-out double followed by an RBI-hit each time. John Silviano drove in Colby Lusignan in the first. Chris Hoo scored on Zach Sullivan's single in the second, and Boo Vazquez brought in Silviano in the third to make it 4-3.

In the bottom of the first, the Miracle had Sean Miller at second base with two outs when Brent Rooker sent a ground ball to third. Brian Schales booted the ball and everyone was safe, putting two on for English. The Miracle centerfielder worked the count full against Scott Squier and, on the ninth pitch, boomed a three-run home run to left. Wiel followed with his own blast to left, a solo shot that give Fort Myers the 4-1 lead.

Alex Muren dealt innings four and five and Jupiter led off the fifth with back-to-back doubles by Cleuluis Rondon and Lusignan to tie the game at 4-4. The Hammerheads mashed eight doubles on the day.

Fact Box

Record: 27-16 (60-51)

Home: 36-19 Away: 24-32 Strk: W-5

Sunday's Game

Miracle 5, Hammerheads 4, 10 innings

Upcoming Games

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

The game stayed deadlocked as both bullpens went to work. Tom Hackimer fanned four over his two innings and Sam Clay worked around multiple baserunners to push his scoreless innings streak to 30 1/3 innings for the Miracle. Andrew Vasquez (1-0) stranded runners at first and second to keep Jupiter scoreless in the 10th.

In the bottom of the 10th, Mitchell Kranson led off with a single. He was forced out at second on English's ground ball, but English replaced him on the base paths as a greater speed threat. He then stole second with Wiel at the plate and two outs. Wiel went the other way to right field with a base hit and English scored to complete the series sweep.

The Miracle head to Palm Beach to face the Cardinals for three games starting Monday.



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