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Cards deck Miracle 5-4

August 8, 2017
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

JUPITER - Brent Rooker belted a three-run home run in the Fort Myers Miracle's 5-4 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals Monday night.

Palm Beach, which won the Florida State League's South Division first-half title, scored all of its runs in the third inning to snap Fort Myers' five-game win streak.

The first-place Miracle (27-17, 60-52) struck first with a run in the third against Jake Woodford (6-6). Brandon Lopez slapped a two-out single to right to score Tanner English.

In the bottom of the third, the Cardinals (21-22) got to Miracle starter Eddie Del Rosario (1-1) for five runs. After back-to-back singles by the the bottom of the the order, Del Rosario issued a one-out walk to load the bases. He then walked Casey Grayson to force home the tying run. A single by Chris Chinea and an RBI-groundout by Leobaldo Pina gave Palm Beach a 3-1 lead. With two outs, Casey Turgeon provided the big blow with a two-run double to extend the lead to 5-1.

Del Rosario got through four innings, and his bullpen picked him up with Williams Ramirez and Michael Theofanopoulos firing scoreless frames the rest of the way.

In the top of the sixth, Rooker stepped up with two outs and two on against Estarlin Arias and belted a ball out to left. The three-run bomb is his fourth in the league and brought the Miracle within a run.

Fact Box

Record: 27-17 (60-52)

Home: 36-19 Away: 24-33 Strk: L-1

Monday's Game

Cardinals 5, Miracle 4

Upcoming Games

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 teams square play game 2 in the three-game series Tuesday night.

 
 
 

 

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