Jupiter, FL - It has been the tale of fantastic pitching for the Jupiter Hammerheads (66-64, 35-27) that has risen them to the top of the heap in the Southern Division, once again the 'pen did not disappoint in a series clinching 3-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday evening.
Jorgan Cavanerio (8-11, 4.45 ERA) was masterful in probably his best outing of the season, lasting seven innings, fanning eight batters and allowing just four hits on his way to a victory for the first time since July 23rd. Cavanerio tossed 83 pitches (a season high), 57 for strikes and looked in control all the way through. The pitching staff kept the Fort Myers Miracle (66-65, 32-30) off the base paths allowing just two runners in scoring position all game, stranding both.
Steven Farnworth (S, 2 - 0.00 ERA) managed to work himself in and out of trouble leaving the bases loaded in the 8th after Alex Perez reached on an error, Brad Hartong singled to right field and Tanner English walked. Farnworth induced a ground ball double play from Christian Ibarra to strand one and keep the Hammerheads in front for good.
Brad Hartong was the only Miracle batter to record multiple hits on the night going 2-for-4, A.J. Murray finished 1-for-4, Trey Vavra 1-for-3 and Alex Perez 1-for-3. The Miracle struck out 10 times and reached by way of a hit just five times in 31 at-bats on the night.
John Norwood has begun to swing a hot bat once again, going 2-for-3 tonight, his fourth multiple hit game in the last ten games and second against Fort Myers in the last week. Norwood knocked in one RBI (49) and scored (64) one run.
Rony Cabrera finished 2-for-4, with one strikeout, Jeremias Pineda scored once and walked once during his 1-for-3 outing and Junior Sosa finished the day 1-for-3 with one walk as well. The Hammerheads went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base.
Miracle start Sam Clay (L, 1-2 - 5.53 ERA) did not struggle as much with the zone tonight as he did in the opening inning during his last start against these Hammerheads back at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers on August 20th, but he still walked two batters, allowed three earned runs on seven hits during five innings from the bump.
The Hammerheads remain at least a-half game up, possibly a full game, in the Southern Division with St. Lucie and Palm Beach locked in a scoreless tie up at Tradition Field with a weather delay in the top of the 8th inning at the time of game completion at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
The Hammerheads has won four in a row and match Daytona for the longest current win streak in the Florida State League at that mark. Tomorrow, Keaton Steele (6-11, 3.85 ERA) is scheduled to face Hunter Adkins (0-0, 3.97 ERA), whom will be making his 2nd start since being moved from Jacksonville to Jupiter off the 7-day DL. Adkins was solid on August 23rd against Bradenton, working five shutout innings, fanning four batters and giving up just four hits in a no-decision. The Hammerheads have won three consecutive series, including four in a row!
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