FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 19, 2017) - Austin Riley set a team-record with four hits on Wednesday night, but the offensive output was not enough in the Florida Fire Frogs 10-3 loss to the Fort Myers Miracle on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Sports Complex.
With the Fire Frogs trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Riley (4x5, 2 R, 2B) lined a single to center to lead-off the frame. Alex Jackson (2x5, R, HR, 3 RBI) drilled a two-run home run onto the berm in left to put Florida (6-8) ahead, 2-1.
Jackson's two-hit performance extended the 21-year-old's on-base streak to 12 games.
The lead would be short-lived, as Fort Myers (5-9) pushed across four runs in the bottom half of the inning against Ricardo Sanchez.
Sanchez (0-2, 3.1 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 3 BB, SO) walked Trey Vavra to start the inning, and gave up a run-scoring double off the bat of Max Murphy, tying the game at two apiece. Sean Miller followed with a single to bring home Murphy and put the home team back in the lead.
After inducing a groundout from Rafael Valera, Sanchez surrendered another double, this time coming off the bat of Daniel Kihle to left, bringing home Miller. Kevin Garcia followed with a single, plating Kihle for the fourth run of the inning and putting the Fire Frogs in a 4-2 deficit.
That would end the night for Sanchez, as the lefty was lifted for Josh Graham (1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, SO). The right-hander allowed a single from Alex Perez and walked Chris Paul before striking out Zander Wiel and setting down Vavra on a grounder to first.
Florida grabbed a run back in the fifth when Riley doubled with one out and came around to score on a single to left by Jackson. The duo combined for six of the Fire Frogs' 10 hits on the night, and attributed to all three runs for the game.
Fort Myers tacked on three more runs in the fifth to break to game open at 8-3. The Miracle tallied an extra run in the seventh off of Chase Johnson-Mullins (2.0 IP, R, H, BB, SO), and one more in the eighth against Corbin Clouse (1.0 IP, 3 H, R) to come away with the final, 10-run output.
Florida will go for the series split in the finale of the four-game set on Thursday night at CenturyLink Sports Complex. RHP Touki Toussaint (1-1, 4.50) toes the rubber for the Fire Frogs against the Miracle's RHP David Fischer (1-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m., with coverage starting at 6:20 p.m. on the TuneIn Radio app.
The Fire Frogs return home to Osceola County Stadium for a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday, April 25. The first night is Fire Rum Tuesday at Florida's home stadium. As part of the Most Improved Student Program, the Florida Fire Frogs will reward students for their hard work and achievement with a pre-game, on-field ceremony. Fans can enjoy $3 Fire Rum mixed drinks and $2 tostones. April 25 will also be Service Industry Night, where members of the service industry can purchase tickets at a discounted rate.
About the Florida Fire Frogs
The Florida Fire Frogs are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and compete in the Florida State League. The Fire Frogs play their home games at Osceola County Stadium, located at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Tickets for the first homestand are available now. For more information, please visit www.FloridaFireFrogs.com, and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
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