FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 25, 2017) - The Fort Myers Miracle used a pair of six-run innings to hand the Charlotte Stone Crabs a 14-2 loss at Hammond Stadium Friday.
The loss pushes the Stone Crabs (66-62, 35-25) four games back of a playoff spot with nine games remaining. It is also the third highest run total Charlotte has allowed in a game in franchise history.
In a scoreless game in the bottom of the first, Brandon Lopez singled to right against Stone Crabs starter Brock Burke (4-6). After a missed catch error put runners at first and second, Brent Rooker singled to load the bases. Zander Wiel followed by stroking a double to left center to give Fort Myers (72-56, 39-21) a 2-0 lead. With runners at second and third, Jermaine Palacios grounded out to short to bring home Rooker and make the score 3-0. Tanner English then lined a hit to right to score Wiel and make it 4-0. With a man on first and one out, Jaylin Davis went to right for a two-run home run to cap the scoring at 6-0.
Still up by six in the bottom of the fourth, Fort Myers loaded the bases on a walk and two hit batters. Wiel then singled to center to make it 7-0. After a Palacios single extended the lead to 7-0, English cranked a grand slam to left to make the score 12-0.
Miracle reliever Tyler Jay (1-0) went two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win.
Down by two touchdowns in the eighth, Lucius Fox singled with one out for Charlotte before Michael Brosseau was hit by a pitch. With two on, Angel Moreno singled to center to make it 14-1. Two batters later, David Olmedo-Barrera pulled a hit to right to score Brosseau and make the tally 14-2.
The Stone Crabs will look to even the series with Fort Myers on Friday at 6:05 p.m. Brandon Lawson (4-5, 4.52) makes the start for Charlotte against Lewis Thorpe of the Miracle. Coverage begins at 5:50 p.m. on the Stone Crabs Baseball Network.
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