Tampa wins rain shortened game, 6-1

Miracle held to just three hits in rubber game

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By Andrew Bern / Fort Myers Miracle | April 15, 2018 6:18 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Tampa Tarpons defeated the Fort Myers Miracle, 6-1, in the rubber game of a three-game series Sunday afternoon in Fort Myers. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh inning due to rain.

The Tarpons (5-6) jumped out to an early lead. In the second, Tim Lynch hit a sacrifice fly, Francisco Diaz produced a run scoring single, and Estevan Florial was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

In the fourth, the Miracle (6-5) closed the gap to 3-1. Jimmy Kerrigan opened the frame with a single. Two batters later, Jaylin Davis walked. With runners on first and second and one out, Tampa starter Nick Green uncorked two wild pitches, with the second wild one allowing Kerrigan to score.

Tampa added two runs in the fifth on a Diego Castillo two-run single and with heavy rain falling, a run in the seventh on an Isiah Gilliam double. Following the half inning, the umpires signaled for the tarp and after a thirty-minute delay, the game was officially called.

Green (2-0) pitched six innings, allowing one run on three hits. The former seventh round pick walked four and struck out five.

Miracle starter Clark Beeker (0-1) lasted just two innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Logan Lombana tossed three innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Max Cordy completed the rain shortened game by going the final two innings, yielding one run on two hits.

Following an off-day Monday, the Miracle begin a nine-game road trip Tuesday with the first of a three-game series in Dunedin against the Dunedin Blue Jays, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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

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