FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 12, 2013) - The Lakeland Flying Tigers shutout the Fort Myers Miracle 5-0 on Friday night at Hammond Stadium. It was the first time this season the Miracle have been shut out at home.
Flying Tigers starter Wilsen Palacios shut down the Miracle over 6 2/3 innings and Detroit Tigers top 10 prospect Steven Moya went 3 for 4 and was a home run shy of the cycle.
Palacios scattered just four singles and struck out five, including the side in the fourth. He walked four but induced three double play balls.
Moya singled, doubled, tripled and drove in three runs while also scoring twice.
Lakeland struck first in the second inning. Moya doubled to begin the inning and scored on a single up the middle from Luis Alberto Sanz.
The Flying Tigers strung together three consecutive singles off of Manuel Soliman in the third. The last one by Moya plated Aaron Westlake to make it 2-0.
Moya was at it again in the fifth. After Soliman gave up a single to Francisco Martinez, Chad Rodgers was brought in to face the lefty Moya, who drilled a two-run triple into the right-center gap. Moya later scored on a ground out to put the Flying Tigers up 5-0.
Moya, going for the homer to complete the cycle, was nicked by a pitch from Rodgers and was awarded first base in the seventh. Zack Jones struck him out looking in the ninth.
Joe Rogers and Brennan held the Miracle scoreless over the last 2 1/3 innings.
The only other time this year the Miracle were shutout was a 2-0 loss at Charlotte on May 19.
Rodgers struck out three and gave up two hits and run in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Jones struck out four in two scoreless innings.
Jhon Goncalves went 2 for 3 with a single, double and a walk.
The Miracle (55-32, 10-10) and Flying Tigers (38-49, 8-11) continue their four-game series on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. NASCAR legend Bobby Allison will be on hand signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. Great seats are still available and can be purchased at the Hammond Stadium box office or by calling 239-768-4210.