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FSL: Miracle Defeat Mets With 11-Run 8th Inning

Twins Kevin Garcia drives in the 1st run of the 11-0 lopsided victory over the St. Lucie Mets. Photo by David Conde/Legends on Deck.

The Fort Myers Miracle and St. Lucie Mets opened a 4-game series on Friday night at Centurylink Sports Complex with 6,315 fans in attendance, a lot of whom were in the house for Tebow Mania. Legends on Deck was on-hand to catch-all the action.

The night started out with a 1:02 rain delay, with the skies seemingly opening up as soon as Tim Tebow walked onto the field for his pre-game stretches. You could feel a buzz in the stadium as adoring fans called out to Tebow trying desperately to get him to sign either a baseball or even a football.

But the majority of the fans came to watch a baseball game and they were not disappointed as the home team bashed their way to an 11-0 lopsided victory.

Both teams were held scoreless for seven innings, before the Miracle sent 16 batters to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, scoring 11 runs.

With Justin Brantley on the mound, and the bases loaded, Kevin Garcia put the Miracle up 1-0, with a line drive base hit to center field, scoring Mitchell Kranson from third. After a pitching change brought in Alex Palsha, he struck out the first batter he faced, but then walked Brandon Lopez to add to the lead, putting Fort Myers up 2-0.

After Jaylin Davis was hit by a pitch to score another run, the pitcher balked home a run and then gave up a single to Nelson Molina, who chopped the ball over the second baseman’s head and into right field scoring Lopez and Davis. Max Murphy was then hit by a pitch, and Kranson walked reloading the bases.

A pitching change brought in Tyler Bashlor and Jermaine Palacios greeted him with a line drive single to left field, plating another run and keeping the bases loaded. Zander Wiel then doubled home all three runs to put the Miracle up 10-0. For insurance, Tanner English hit a sac fl to center field, scoring Wiel with the 11th run of the inning.

All-Star relief pitcher Sam Clay came on in the ninth to shut the door on the Mets, by retiring the first two batters on a fly out and pop out. Then after giving up a single to Wuilmer Becerra, Clay struck out Michael Paez to end the game.

Game Notes

Tim Tebow made the highlight reel with a spectacular grab against the left field fence, robbing a possible home run. At the plate he was over-matched as he struck out in his two official plate appearances, while getting hit by a pitch in his third at bat.

Photo by David Conde/Legends on Deck

Top Performers

Wuilmer Becerra – 1 for 2, 2 BB
Jordan Humphreys – 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Jermaine Palacios – 3 for 5, 2 R, RBI
Zander Wiel – 2 for 4, 2 R, Double, 3 RBI, BB
Kevin Garcia – 2 for 5, R, RBI
Brandon Lopez – 2 for 5, R, RBI, BB
Lewis Thorpe – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K

David Conde

Co-Founder/Executive Editor at Legends On Deck®
David is the Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®. He was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com. David's idea forLegends on Deck is to be a site where passionate fans of the game have a place to read about their favorite baseball teams. The site is also for people who had a talent to write or even take photographs and have the platform to share. The passion of following the Minor Leagues can be seen all over the site as the players journey's are what what drives the LOD team to share their content. David's passion is making available a site that people can have fun sharing and reading.

You can also reach out to David at daconde@legendsondeck.com
David Conde
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