FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 8, 2017) - The Fort Myers Miracle (16-16) used a four-run sixth inning to defeat the Palm Beach Cardinals (15-16) 5-2 on Monday night. RHP Brady Anderson (W, 2-0) tossed three scoreless innings in relief to pick up his second win of the year.
The Miracle struck first in the bottom of the first with an RBI-fielder's choice by Zander Wiel to take a 1-0 lead. Palm Beach countered in the second when Blake Drake's two-out single plated Danny Diekroeger to tie the game. In the third, RHP Cody Stashak surrendered the second of his two runs allowed over five innings when Randy Arozarena smashed an opposite field home run to right, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.
RHP Jake Woodford (L, 1-2) worked through to the sixth, retiring 12 straight batters at one point, but the Miracle offense used the frame to put the game away. Max Murphy led off with a single, and three batters later, the bases were loaded with one out for Brian Navarreto. Fort Myers' backstop lifted a ball in the air far enough to allow Murphy to tag and score. The next batter, Kevin Garcia, gave the Miracle the lead with a single to left, scoring Chris Paul. With runners at the corners, Rafael Valera plopped the icing on the cake with a triple to left-center, scoring two more.
After Brady Anderson held down the fort for three frames, RHP Nick Anderson (Sv, 2) closed out the ninth. The Cardinals put a pair of runners on with a walk and a single to bring the tying run to the plate, but Jose Godoy flied to center to end the game.
The Miracle and Cardinals play game two of three on Tuesday night, a 2-for-1 Tuesday, at 6:35 PM ET. RHP David Fischer heads to the bump for Fort Myers to oppose RHP Junior Fernandez.
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