CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Dunedin Blue Jays swept a doubleheader from the Miracle on Wednesday night at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, 2-1 and 4-3 in nine innings.
Jordan Balazovic was sharp in his start for the Miracle in game one. The right-hander tossed five shutout innings, allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out nine. He did not surrender a hit until the fifth.
Fort Myers broke the scoreless tie in the sixth inning on Trey Cabbage's two-out RBI single. Dunedin, however, got to Miracle reliever Johan Quezada (7-2) for a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Noda and Kacy Clemens each delivered RBI singles.
The Miracle put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the seventh, but Emerson Jimenez was able to hold them off the board and record his third save.
In game two, Yeltsin Encarnacion put the Miracle on top first with a two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning. Samad Taylor answered with a solo shot for Dunedin in the bottom of the frame. In the top of the fifth, Cabbage went deep for the Miracle, his second home run in as many days.
Noda brought the Blue Jays within a run with an RBI single in the fifth and delivered another RBI single in the seventh to tie the game. The game went into extra innings and Chris Bec ended it with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth for Dunedin.
Kyle Weatherly (4-4) tossed three shutout innings in relief to earn the win. Moises Gomez (1-2) suffered the loss.
The five-game series concludes on Thursday night at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium. Right-hander Blayne Enlow will start for the Miracle. First pitch is 6:30 p.m.
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