FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 17, 2017) - The Fort Myers Miracle (4-9) clawed their way back, but could not match the Florida Fire Frogs (6-7) on Tuesday night in a 5-4 loss. The Miracle totaled 13 hits, a season high, but Florida's insurance run in the ninth inning secured the win.
RHP Dereck Rodriguez (L, 0-2) allowed three runs (one earned) and fanned six over six innings. The Fire Frogs pushed across a run in each of the first three innings to take an early 3-0 lead. LHP Drew Harrington (W, 2-1) led the charge with five strikeouts over his five innings to earn the win.
Zander Wiel's two-out triple in the third brought the Miracle within a run early, but Florida extended their lead in the seventh with back-to-back doubles by Ronald Acuna and Austin Riley.
In the bottom of the eighth, Fort Myers brought in one, but could have had more. Four singles in the frame eventually loaded the bases with one out. Nelson Molina grounded into a fielder's choice with a force out at home, and Alex Perez lined to center where Acuna made an impressive sliding catch.
In the top of the ninth with two outs, Carlos Castro lined a ball to left field with runners on first and second. Daniel Kihle misread the ball in left as it bounced off of his glove, bringing in the insurance run. Fort Myers countered with a Chris Paul single, scoring Max Murphy, in the bottom half, but RHP Devan Watts (S, 2) struck out the next three batters he faced to record the save.
On Women's WINsday, RHP Cody Stashak makes his first home start of the season, dueling with LHP Ricardo Sanchez. Every woman who purchases a ticket at the box office will have $3 of her ticket donated to a women's charity or non-profit organization. This week is Wellfit Girls. Also, if the Miracle win on a Wednesday, everyone in the park receives a free ticket to a future Miracle game.
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