KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Lachlan Wells faced just one over the minimum in six shutout innings to lead the Miracle over the Florida Fire Frogs, 5-0, on Saturday night at Osceola County Stadium.
Wells (1-1) set down the first nine batters he faced, before Andrew Moritz led off the bottom of the fourth with an infield single. That was the only hit the left-hander allowed. He walked one and struck out five.
Calvin Faucher (two innings, one hit, four strikeouts) and Zach Neff (one inning, one hit, one strikeout) completed the 16th shutout victory for the Miracle, the most in all of affiliated baseball.
Fort Myers scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. The first five hitters reached against Florida starter Hayden Deal. Ryan Jeffers brought home the first runs of the game with a two-run double. Jose Miranda followed with an RBI single.
Deal (3-9) suffered the loss. The left-hander lasted just three innings and surrendered five runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out one. Deal threw 36 of his 67 pitches in the first inning.
The Miracle added two more runs in the third on a two-out, two-run double by David Banuelos off the left field wall. They out-hit Florida, 8-3. Royce Lewis and Jacob Pearson each went 2-for-4. Lewis also made two spectacular defensive plays at shortstop, including a jump throw from deep in the hole.
Fort Myers went 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position, while Florida did not have a runner reach second base in the game.
The Miracle go for a three-game sweep on Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium. Right-hander Bailey Ober will start for the Miracle. First pitch is 12:00 p.m. ET.
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