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FSL: Miracle Rally Late For 8-6 Come Back Win Over Blue Jays

Legends on Deck was on hand to catch all the action between the Fort Myers Miracle and the Dunedin Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon in Fort Myers.

The Miracle started the 2017 season losing their first game, but on Sunday they won the last game of the month of April in dramatic fashion, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, to earn an 8-6 come back victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays.

The Miracle jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first on Max Murphy‘s first home run of the season. But in the top of the second, the Blue Jays scored six runs on five hits, highlighted by Mike Reeves three run home run. After the second inning, Dunedin led 6-1. But that is where all the Blue Jays runs would end.

For the next six innings, the Miracle chipped away at the deficit, scoring a run each in the second, third, fifth and seventh to pull within 6-5. Murphy hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the third.

All the while, the bullpen shutout the Blue Jays for the rest of the game, with help from Anthony McIver (3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K), Sam Clay (3 IP, 2 H,  0 R,  2 BB, 2 K) and Jonny Drozd (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R).

Starter Chris Anderson, in his first start of the season, didn’t fare well, lasting just two innings, allowing six runs, on five hits, one walk, a strike out and a home run.

The Miracle scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie and take the lead, with an RBI double from Zack Granite, a sac fly from Chris Paul and the third run scored on a throwing error by center Fielder Lane Thomas.

With the victory the Miracle improved to 11-13, and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays and remain 2.5 games out of first in the Florida State League South Division. With the loss, the Blue Jays dropped to 13-11, but do not lose any ground to the first place Clearwater Threshers and still remain three games out in the North Division.

Top Performers

Blue Jays
Deiferson Barreto – 2 for 4, R
Lane Thomas – 2 for 4, R
Mike Reeves – 1 for 3, R, HR, 3 RBI

Miracle
Max Murphy – 3 for 4, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB
Chris Paul – 3 for 4, R, RBI
Kevin Garcia – 3 for 4, R

Game Notes

Miracle Daniel Kihle left the game after getting hit on the hand, attempting to bunt a ball.

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