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Miracle rally falls short in 8-7 loss04/14/2011 11:05 PM ET
BRADENTON, FL (April 14th, 2011) - Trailing 7-0 after the second, the Miracle chipped away at the early deficit all night, but in fell short of a comeback in an an eventual 8-7 loss to the Maruaders Thursday night at McKechnie Field.
Trailing 8-5 in the ninth, Fort Myers made things interesting against Bradenton reliever Diego Moreno. Nick Romero drew a lead off walk before a double from Nate Hanson put two men in scoring position. Chris Herrmann pushed across the first run of the ninth with a sac fly to deep center field, and Danny Rams followed with an RBI single to left. But Moreno settled in to retire Steve Liddle and James Beresford to hold on for the save.
Tom Stuifbergen (0-1) took the loss for Fort Myers, giving up eight runs (seven earned) in only three innings of work.
Aaron Baker began the offensive onslaught in the first inning for Bradenton with a monstrous three-run home run that clanked midway up the batter's eye in dead center field. The Marauders then batted around their entire order in the second, scoring four runs on six hits.
The Miracle bullpen kept the team in the game to the very end, as they posted five scoreless innings in relief. Lefties Ryan Mullins and Blake Martin combined to allow no hits while allowing just three base runners on walks the rest of the night.
Fort Myers battled back in the game as they scattered two runs in the third, one in the fifth, and two more in the sixth inning. The Miracle outhit the Marauders 12-to-9 but stranded 10 base runners on the night and grounded into two double plays.
Quinton Miller (1-1) picked up the win, throwing four innings in relief of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jose Ascanio who pitched just one-inning in a rehab stint.
The Miracle (4-4) have now dropped four in a row after opening the season with four wins against Jupiter. The two team's will resume action on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. RHP Brad Stillings will make his second start of the year for the Miracle.