FSL: Miracle’s Pitcher Jhoan Duran On Short End of A Solid Night on The Mound
The Fort Myers Miracle, Class A Advanced affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, entered the night looking to win their fourth game in the second half of the season, with a chance to even up their record at 4-4. The Miracle sent Jhoan Duran to the mound, and even though his record does not show it at 1-7, he has had a solid season thus far in 2019. The Dominican native has given up about 3.5 runs per game in his last 10 starts, spanning 50.1 innings.
Over his last five starts, Duran has 45 strikeouts in 30 innings and has allowed just six runs.
On Tuesday night he matched up against the Charlotte Stone Crabs Michael Plassmeyer, who has been just a bit better over his last 10 games, giving up about 2.5 runs per game.
In the 1st inning, after the Miracle went down in order, Duran gave up two straight singles, one of which allowed a run to score and then two straight walks, before Duran turned it on and struck out the side.
In the next full frame, Duran gave up a lead-off double, then after two strikeouts, he induced a ground ball off the bat of Rays #1 Prospect Wander Franco, with third baseman Andrew Bechtold, getting the runner trying to advance to third base, for the final out of the inning.
From last out in the second to the the top of the fifth, Duran retired nine straight batters before giving up lead off walk to Tommy Milone. Then after a one out single moving the runner into scoring position, Duran struck out the next batter for the second out. But then he would unleash a wild pitch, allowing he second run to score. Duran retired the next batter to end the inning and reduce the threat to just one run and end his night. His line on the night: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 Ks.
The Miracle did not have much offense on Tuesday as Plassmeyer pitched a gem of a game, pitching 4.1 innings of no-hit ball, before settling back in and retiring the next 11 of 12 batters. His line on the night: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 Ks.
Both teams will go at it again on Wednesday at 10:00 am, with the Miracle looking to get back in the win column and the Stone Crabs looking to extend their win streak to three games.