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Rain delays Miracle series opener with Hammerheads

August 13, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

FORT MYERS Constant rain in Fort Myers led to the postponement of Monday's series opener between the Fort Myers Miracle and the St. Lucie Mets at Hammond Stadium/ The clubs were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Tuesday, with game one at 4 p.m., and game two 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

Both games of the doubleheader are seven innings.

Fort Myers 2, Jupiter 1 (7 innings)

FORT MYERS Lachlan Wells tossed six innings of one run baseball, and Jose Miranda delivered a tie-breaking double in the fifth, as the Miracle slipped past the Jupiter Hammerheads, 2-1, in a rain shortened game Sunday morning in Fort Myers.

The game was called after the seventh inning due to unplayable field conditions.

Wells allowed an unearned run in his six innings of work. The southpaw yielded just three hits.

After Jupiter took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth on an error by Miracle first baseman Trey Cabbage, Fort Myers responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of frame. With the bases loaded and one out, Jacob Pearson lifted a fly ball to right that was deep enough to score Chris Williams from third and tie the game. Miranda ripped the next pitch into right-center for a run-scoring double to give the Miracle a lead they would not relinquish.

Moises Gomez earned his third save with a scoreless seventh.

-- Andrew Bern, Fort Myers Miracle

Fort Myers 9, Jupiter 2

FORT MYERS Jose Miranda went deep twice to lead a relentless Miracle offense past the Jupiter Hammerheads, 9-2, Saturday night at Hammond Stadium.

With the Miracle leading 4-2 in the fifth, Miranda launched his seventh home run of the season, and first of the night, onto the berm in left. Trey Cabbage followed with a blast to left-center to increase the lead to 6-2.

Miranda's second home run of the night, a three-run shot in the seventh, put the game out of reach. The ball, which struck the drink rail seats beyond the right-field fence, was initially called in play. However, the umpires discussed the play at the request of Miracle Manager Toby Gardenhire and overturned the call, giving Miranda his multi-homer night.

Trailing 1-0 in the second, the Miracle quickly erased the early deficit. With two on and no one out, Ernie De La Trinidad tied the game with a single to left. David Banuelos followed with an RBI ground out to give the Miracle their first lead of the night.

Fort Myers added two runs in the fourth with De La Trinidad and Banuelos once again collecting RBI.

Blayne Enlow started for the Miracle and allowed just two runs (one earned) in six innings of work. Enlow (3-3) walked two and struck out six.

Calvin Faucher earned his second save with three scoreless innings of relief. The right-hander has not allowed a run over his last eight appearances (13.1 innings).

All nine Miracle starters posted at least one hit. De La Trinidad, Banuelos, and Miranda all collected multi-RBI nights.

-- Andrew Bern, Fort Myers Miracle

Jupiter 9, Fort Myers 1

FORT MYERS Chris Vallimont carried a perfect game into the sixth, and a no-hitter into the eighth, before the Jupiter Hammerheads erupted for eight runs in the eighth inning, in a come-from-behind 9-1 triumph Friday night at Hammond Stadium.

Vallimont (2-5), who was traded by the Miami Marlins to the Minnesota Twins in July as part of the Sergio Romo trade, was locked in from the start, striking out the side in the first. The right-hander lost the perfect game with a two-out walk in the sixth and the no-hitter on a single in the eighth. He allowed two runs in seven plus innings of work.

Ernie De La Trinidad broke the tie in the fifth with a solo home run to right. The blast, De La Trinidad's third of the season, traveled 390 feet and was also the first hit of the night for the Miracle.

Vallimont started the eighth but was lifted after allowing a single to Nick Fortes and a double to Demetrius Sims. James Nelson rudely greeted Joe Record, with a two-run single on the first pitch Record threw to give Jupiter its first lead of the game. Later in the inning, with Jupiter now leading 5-1, Lazaro Alonso extended the lead to 6-1 with a run scoring to second. The Hammerheads tacked on two runs later in the inning.

Jerar Encarnacion homered in the ninth to finish the scoring.

Record and Yennier Cano followed combined to allow seven runs in two innings.

-- Andrew Bern, Fort Myers Miracle

Fort Myers 3, Jupiter 0

FORT MYERS Jordan Balazovic hurled five shutout innings, as the Miracle blanked the Jupiter Hammerheads, 3-0, in the series opener Thursday night at Hammond Stadium.

Balazovic (6-3), pitching for the first time since July 18, struck out nine. The right-hander recently returned from Lima, Peru, where he helped Team Canada to a second place finish at the Pan-American Games.

Trey Cabbage opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly. The Miracle added single runs in the second and fourth.

The Miracle have recorded 18 shutout wins this season, one shy of tying the franchise record set back in 2016.

Tyler Watson tossed four scoreless innings of relief to earn his first professional save. The left-hander struck out six and did not walk a batter.

The four-game series continues from Fort Myers tonight. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.

-- Andrew Bern, Fort Myers Miracle

 
 
 

 

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