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Rooker lifts Miracle to 5-2 win

August 10, 2017
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

JUPITER - Down 2-0, the Fort Myers Miracle (28-17) scored two runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh to beat the Palm Beach Cardinals (22-23) 5-2 Wednesday night.

Brent Rooker provided the go-ahead hit to put the Miracle on top.

Both starters moved calmly through the first three innings of the game. Lewis Thorpe got to the fourth for the Miracle without allowing a run. After giving up back-to-back singles, Thorpe induced a double play off the bat of Leobaldo Pina. With two down, Blake Drake provided a run-scoring single to put the Cardinals up 1-0.

An inning later, Casey Grayson plated Jose Martinez with one of his three hits on the night. Thorpe lasted five innings, striking out five while allowing two runs on eight hits and a pair of walks.

The Miracle consistently put runners on against starter Connor Jones, but could not score runs. They stranded the bases loaded in the second. Sean Miller was cut down at home plate trying to score the tying run in the fifth. In the sixth, the Miracle once again loaded the bases, this time with nobody out.

After Nelson Molina's flyout, Shane Kennedy grounded into a potential inning-ending double play. The turn to first on the throw was low, and first baseman Chris Chinea could not dig it out. Mitchell Kranson scored from third and Zander Wiel hustled around from second to score the tying run.

Fact Box

Record: 28-18 (61-53)

Home: 36-19 Away: 25-34 Strk: W-1

Wednesday's Game

Miracle 5, Cardinals 2

Upcoming Games

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.

Aug. 23 - at Clearwater, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 - at Clearwater, 7 p.m.

In the top of the seventh, Kranson singled with two outs and Wiel walked to load the bases. This time, against Hector Mendoza (0-5), it was Rooker's turn. He flared a ball to right field to score two. A throwing error to home by Thomas Spitz brought in all three baserunners to give Fort Myers the 5-2 lead.

Tom Hackimer (4-0) and Alex Muren each hung zeroes on the board with two scoreless innings each to seal the Miracle win.

Fort Myers heads home for an eight-game homestand, beginning Thursday with four against the Dunedin Blue Jays.



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