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Class A: Miracle End 3-Game Win Streak With 8-3 Loss To Mets


The Fort Myers Miracle and the St. Lucie Mets opened up a three-game series on Thursday at Hammond Stadium, with the Mets taking their first meeting 8-3.

The home team came into the game having won three straight games, a 16-11 record, and a 1.5 game lead in the Florida State League South division.

As for the Mets, they were 1-5 over the last six games coming into Thursday nights match-up, with a 14-12 record, sitting in second place in the division.

St. Lucie took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning against Miracle starter Keaton Steele (1-3, 3.90), after center fielder Champ Stuart legged out a double with a ground ball to left field. Next batter Luis Guillorme hit a sac bunt to the Steele, moving Stuart to third, who then scored on a throwing error from Miracle catcher Alex Swim.

St Lucie tacked on another run in the top of the second when John Mora scored on a ground out from Stuart.

After being retired in order through two straight innings, the Minnesota Twins Class-A affiliate, answered back in their half of the third to pull within 2-1, as Logan Wade scored on a single off the bat of Sean Miller.

But the Mets were not done as they scored three in the third, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth to take a commanding 8-1 lead, highlighted by two sac flies and a single in the fourth, a Mora two-RBI double in the fifth and Kevin Taylor‘s RBI single in the sixth scoring Amed Rosario, who walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and then scored on the hit.

Miracle starter Steele lasted just four innings, allowing seven runs (6 earned) on seven hits, walked four, and struck out three. Fort Myers bullpen came in and after Brian Gilbert gave up a run on three hits in two innings, both Todd Van Steensel and Raul Fernandez halted the Mets hitting attack by allowing just one hit and no runs over the final three innings.

Wade got the Miracle back within five runs, when he hit a line drive double to center field scoring Edgar Corcino and Chris Paul to make the score 8-3.

But the Miracle would not get any closer as the Mets bullpen tossed 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four. The Mets starter Corey Oswalt (W, 2-1, 5.63), allowed three runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings, walking none and striking out four.

With the loss the Miracle drop to 16-12, but still hold a .5 game lead over the Mets who improved to 15-12 with the victory.

Game two will be played on Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm at Hammond Stadium. Probable starters for the game are, Mets Ricky Knapp (3-1, 2.38) and Fort Myers Felix Jorge (1-2, 1.40 ERA).

Game Notes:

Defensive Play of the Night: With runners on first and second, batter hit a long drive to left field and Mets John Mora ran it down with a second stretch to rob Trey Vavra of a definite run scoring extra base-hit.

Game Promotions – During Friday’s game the Miracle will pay tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the Bad News Bears with a guest appearance from non other than the original Engelberg (Gary Lee Cavagnaro). The Miracle players will wear themed Bad News Bears jerseys to be auctioned off.

Top Performers

John Mora – 2 for 3, 2 R, Double, 2 RBI
Wuilmer Becerra – 2 for 4, R, (4th straight multi-hit game)

Logan Wade – 3 for 4, R, Double, 2 RBI

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