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Miracle clinch First Half South Division title

June 12, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TAMPA -- The defending Florida State League Champion Fort Myers Miracle are returning to the postseason after winning the First Half South Division. The Miracle secured a playoff berth with a 7-2 win over the Tampa Tarpons Tuesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

After winning game one of the doubleheader to shrink their magic number to 1, the Miracle wasted little time jumping out to an early lead in game two. Royce Lewis led off the game with a single before moving to second on a throwing error. After advancing to third on a ground out, Lewis raced home when Janson Junk uncorked a wild pitch.

Ryan Costello made it 3-0 in favor of Fort Myers with a two-run double down the right-field line in the top of the second.

The Miracle added another run on a wild pitch in the fourth before scoring three more runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 7-0.

Tampa scored its two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a Pablo Olivares single and a Wendell Rijo ground out.

In a spot start for the Miracle, right-hander Melvi Acosta tossed five scoreless innings. Acosta (4-1) scattered four hits. He walked one and struck out three. Alex Phillips followed and allowed two runs in two innings.

Miracle pitching has held the Tarpons to three runs in 23 innings.

The five-game series continues on Wednesday night with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.

Miracle 6, Tarpons 1

TAMPA Ryan Jeffers blasted a pair of two-run home runs as the Fort Myers Miracle defeated the Tampa Tarpons, 6-1, in game one of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The win reduced the Miracle magic number to one in the Florida State League South Division.

The first of Jeffers' two blasts came in the top of the first and gave the Miracle a 2-0 lead. Michael Helman extended the lead to 4-0 in the following inning with a two-run double to right.

Giancarlo Stanton, on an MLB rehab assignment, provided Tampa's only run of the game with a long solo home run to right in the bottom of the fifth.

In the sixth, Jeffers launched his second home run of the game, and third of the series, to finish off the scoring.

Tyler Watson started for the Miracle and pitched 4.2 innings. Watson allowed one run on seven hits. Joe Record (1-1) earned his first win in a Miracle uniform with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.



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