FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 8, 2017) - The Fort Myers Miracle (1-2) scratched across three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to record their first win of 2017 over the Jupiter Hammerheads (2-1) in front of 7,117 fans in their home opener. Fort Myers' prospect Luis Arraez was carted off the field after awkwardly tripping over the bag at first base in the seventh inning.
Daniel Kihle blasted a second inning two-run home run to begin the scoring. RHP David Fischer totaled five strikeouts without allowing a run over four innings in his first minor league start since 2014 after spending two years in independent ball.
Jupiter clawed back with a pair of late runs. Brian Schales provided a two-out RBI-single in the sixth off reliever LHP Anthony McIver to cut the lead in half. An inning later, RHP Williams Ramirez (BS, 1 & W, 1-0) surrendered a two-out RBI-double to Angel Reyes, tying the game at two.
The Miracle answered in the bottom of the seventh with three runs on three separate plays. Max Murphy singled in Kihle, to take a 3-2 lead. The next batter, Arraez beat out a potential double play ground ball, but tripped over the bag, injuring his leg. Alex Perez followed with a double that fell between CF Kyle Barrett and LF Dexter Kjerstad, scoring pinch runner Sean Miller from first.
Ramirez followed with a scoreless eighth inning, and LHP Jonny Drozd (S, 1) provided a 1-2-3 ninth in his organizational debut to pick up the save.
Fort Myers looks to split the four game series on Sunday with first pitch at 4:05 ET on a Family Fun Day Sunday. RHP Keaton Steele toes the rubber for the Miracle, while RHP Felipe Gonzalez starts for Jupiter. There will also be a Collier County little league game prior to first pitch.
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