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Despite Bechtold's four hits, Miracle fall to Jupiter, 5-1

Hammerheads take two of three in series

August 19, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

JUPITER, Fla. Andrew Bechtold tied a career-high with four hits, but a pair of two-run innings helped doom the Miracle in a 5-1 loss to the Jupiter Hammerheads Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

Jupiter plated two runs in the bottom of the first. Demetrius Sims led off the home half of the first with a bloop double over first before scoring when MLB rehabber JT Riddle flared a single down the left-field line. The Hammerheads added a run on a wild pitch.

Bechtold singled to lead off the second for his first hit of the afternoon. He later came around to score on a Yeltsin Encarnacion ground out to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The Hammerheads scored twice more in the fourth on consecutive sacrifice flies from Jhonny Santos and B.J. Lopez before adding a run in the eighth on a bases loaded walk.

After singles in the fourth and sixth innings, Bechtold lined a single in the eighth to tie his career-high for hits in a game. The Miracle first baseman also collected four hits last season with Cedar Rapids.

Lachlan Wells (2-4) started for the Miracle and suffered the loss. The left-hander allowed four runs (two earned) in four innings of work.

Yennier Cano, Johan Quezada, and Zach Neff all tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Moises Gomez allowed a run in his one inning of work.

After a league wide off day on Monday, the Miracle open a three-game series against the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night in Port Charlotte. The series shifts to Fort Myers for games on Wednesday and Thursday.

-- Andrew Bern, Fort Myers Miracle

Fort Myers 3, Jupiter 1

JUPITER, Fla. Chris Vallimont twirled a gem against his former club for the second time in eight days, and Andrew Bechtold laced a three-run double to break a scoreless game in the eighth, as the Miracle clipped the Jupiter Hammerheads, 3-1, Saturday night at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

Vallimont (3-5), who last week carried a no-hitter against his former squad into the eighth, limited the Hammerheads to three hits in seven scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out nine. Vallimont retired the first 13 men he faced before Lazaro Alonso singled with one out in the fifth.

With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, Bechtold ripped a 1-2 pitch into the left-field corner to empty the bases and give the Miracle a 3-0 lead. All three runs were charged to Jeff Lindgren (1-1), who had not allowed an earned run in 20.2 innings to start his professional career.

Melvi Acosta collected his fourth save in five tries. The right-hander allowed an unearned run in two innings of relief.

-- Andrew Bern, Fort Myers Miracle

Jupiter 4, Fort Myers 2

JUPITER, Fla. The Miracle managed just two runs against four different Jupiter pitchers in a series opening 4-2 loss to the Hammerheads Friday night at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

The Miracle got off to a fast start. Gabriel Maciel led off the game with a triple off of Jose Urena, who was making a rehab start for Jupiter. Jacob Pearson followed with a sacrifice fly to left and the Miracle led, 1-0.

Jupiter took the lead in the bottom of the second. Demetrius Sims and James Nelson each knocked in runs to give the Hammerheads their first lead of the night.

The Hammerheads added single runs in the third and seventh to push their lead to 4-1.

The Miracle cut the deficit to 4-2 in the ninth on an Andrew Bechtold ground out, but Yeltsin Encarnacion bounced to first representing the tying run to end the game.

Jordan Balazovic (6-4) started for the Miracle and yielded three runs in 4.2 innings. The reigning Minnesota Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Week walked two and struck out three.

The Miracle bullpen allowed just one run in 3.1 innings. Joe Record bounced back after a pair of rough outings, as he allowed just one run in 2.1 innings. Calvin Faucher tossed a scoreless eighth. The right-hander has not allowed a run over his last nine appearances (14.1 innings).

-- Andrew Bern, Fort Myers Miracle



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