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Sands, Lewis lead Miracle to victory

July 2, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

CLEARWATER, Fla. Cole Sands tossed six dominant innings and Royce Lewis drove in four runs to help the Miracle snap their six-game losing streak with a 6-0 victory over the Clearwater Threshers on Monday night at Spectrum Field.

Sands (2-1) allowed just two hits and struck out seven. He lowered his ERA to 1.61 through four starts since his promotion from Low-A Cedar Rapids.

Matt Vierling, the leadoff hitter for Clearwater, was the only man to reach off Sands. Vierling led off the bottom of the first with a single, before Sands set down the next eight in order. Vierling singled again with two out in the third, but Sands went on to retire 10 in a row to close his outing. He threw 87 pitches and 56 were strikes.

It was the first four RBI game of the season for Lewis. After Michael Helman led off the third inning with a double and moved to second on a Gabriel Maciel ground out, Lewis brought home the first run of the game with a deep sacrifice fly to right.

It remained 1-0 until the seventh, when the Miracle scored four runs to break open the game. Two scored on a single by Lewis. He delivered another RBI single in the ninth to cap the scoring and finished 2-for-4.

Maciel went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored. Helman had two hits and two runs scored out of the number nine spot in the batting order. Trey Cabbage also picked up a pair of hits for the Miracle.

After Sands departed, long-time big leaguer Cody Allen tossed a scoreless seventh inning. He allowed two singles, but induced a double play grounder to end the frame. Alex Phillips recorded the final six outs for the Miracle and struck out one.

Clearwater starter Alejandro Requena (6-5) suffered the loss despite allowing just one run on three hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four.

The six-game losing streak was the longest of the season for the Miracle.

Game two of the three-game series is Tuesday night at Spectrum Field. Right-hander Jhoan Duran will start for the Miracle. First pitch is 7:00 p.m. ET.

- Marshall Kelner, Fort Myers Miracle



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