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Miracle drop division series opener 3-2

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

The Fort Myers Miracle came up a run short in their 3-2 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals Tuesday night in the opening game of the FSL South Championship Series at Hammond Stadium.

The Cardinals lead the best-of-three series 1-0 as the teams head to Jupiter to play a possible doubleheader Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. A pair of nine-inning games are scheduled to decide the series. Should the Miracle win Game 2 a deciding third game will be played immediately. The Florida State League announced Tuesday that the winners of the two division series will be declared co-champions for 2017.

Thomas Spitz provided the winning hit, a two-run double in the top of the sixth inning.

The Miracle (43-25, 76-60) jumped out early in the first on Brent Rooker's RBI-single that scored Brandon Lopez. Miracle starter Jake Woodford allowed three first-inning hits, but surrendered just one through the rest of his six innings.

Lewis Thorpe matched Woodford through five. In the third, Spitz's one-out triple scored on a two-out single by Chris Chinea. Thorpe fanned five batters over his frames, leaving the game tied at 1-1.

Andrew Vasquez came out for the sixth and took the loss. After issuing a leadoff walk to Blake Drake, Luke Dykstra singled with one out to put a pair on base. Vasquez was replaced by Tyler Jay after he struck out Jose Martinez. Jay's batter was Spitz with two down belting a ball off the center field wall, scoring the deciding runs.

Fact Box

Miracle Record: 43-25 (76-60)

Home: 45-21 Away: 30-40 Strk: L-2

Upcoming Games


South Division Championship Series

Tuesday's Game

Cardinals 3, Miracle 2, Cardinals lead series 1-0

Sept. 6 - at Palm Beach, 5 p.m. (possible doubleheader)

North Division Championship Series

Tuesday's Game

Yankees 8, Blue Jays 6, 10 innings, Yankees lead series 1-0

Sept. 6 - Dunedin at Tampa, 5 p.m. (possible doubleheader)

Note: Due to Hurricane Irma's threat to Florida, the Division Series winners will be declared co-champions for 2017.

The Miracle made a comeback effort by putting the first two on base in the eighth. Rooker drove in Sean Miller with a sacrifice fly and the Miracle had runners on first and second after Zander Wiel walked. Mitchell Kranson and Jermaine Palacios both struck out to end the eighth.

Down 3-2 in the ninth, Tanner English kept the game alive with a two-out double to put the tying run at second. Miller flew out to left to end the game.



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