RECAP 9/1: Clearwater Outlasts Miracle, Wins 5-2 in 10

Cabral Homers, Mims Collects 3 More Hits as Threshers take Series

By Clearwater Threshers | September 1, 2018 9:28 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Edgar Cabral and Brian Mims each finished with three hits, as the Clearwater Threshers overtook the Fort Myers Miracle in extras, 5-2 in 10 innings on Saturday night at Hammond Stadium.

Cabral homered and knocked in three, while Mims finished 3-for-4 and has collected six hits in the first two games of the series.

Clearwater (45-23) (77-59) has taken the series from the Miracle, who are currently in a close battle with the Charlotte Stone Crabs for the second half title in the FSL South. Charlotte now sits a game up entering the final day of the regular season.

After a brief 17-minute rain delay, Bailey Falter faced the minimum through the first two innings, needing only 13 pitches.

The Miracle (39-29) (67-69) broke the scoreless tie in the fifth. With one out, Jose Miranda lofted a two-strike pitch to the berm in left to put Fort Myers on top, 1-0.

Fort Myers added a second tally in the fifth. Following a one-out infield single from Ernie De La Trinidad, Aaron Whitfield connected on the hit-and-run play with a grounder through the right side to set up runners at the corners. Mark Contreras grounded out to second, permitting De La Trinidad to score and make it 2-0.

The Threshers brought it back even in the sixth.

Daniel Brito led off with a double to the right field corner, and advanced to third on a groundout. With two outs, Cabral launched a two-run home run to the berm in left to knot the game up at two.

Falter spun seven strong innings in the no-decision, holding the Miracle to two runs on five hits a walk while picking up three strikeouts. The seven-inning outing was the longest for Falter since April 29 at Dunedin.

Trevor Bettencourt (1-1) tossed two scoreless innings in relief to send it to extras.

With Jose Gomez starting at second as the automatic runner, Mims jumped on the first pitch of the inning from Hector Lujan (5-5) and singled to right, setting up runners at the corners.

Henri Lartigue entered to pinch hit, and came through with a single to right to score Gomez and give the Threshers the lead. An out later, Mickey Moniak kept it going with a knock to right-center to bring in Mims, and Cabral delivered his third RBI of the night, singling home Lartigue to make it 5-2.

Jakob Hernandez closed it out, striking out the side in the bottom of the 10th to earn his fifth save.

The final game of the regular season will take place at noon on Sunday at Hammond Stadium. Ramon Rosso is on the mound opposed by Brusdar Graterol, and the game will be broadcast on threshersbaseball.com beginning at 11:45 a.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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