Fort Myers 6 at Lakeland 7
W: R. Weinhardt (1-0, 0.00); L: M. Williams (0-1, 9.45)
HR: LAK: R. Strieby 2 (14), B. Boesch (5).
I'd been wondering what was up with Matt Williams of late. Perhaps this will teach me not to be so curious.
The young Aussie reliever allowed a home run to Ryan Strieby in the ninth. The Lakeland Flying Tiger's first baseman would put this 14th home run of the season over the left field fence to end the Fort Myers Miracle's win streak.
The game started and ended with Lakeland home runs as Brennan Boesch went yard off Miracle starter Alex Burnett in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Duane Bellow would keep the Miracle off the board for four innings.
The Miracle bats got working working when Danny Berg tripled to lead off the top of the fifth. Following a strike out to Eli Tintor, Yancarlos Ortiz took a walk and Garrett Olson singled to drive in Berg. Yangervis Solarte doubled out to right, scoring Ortiz. Steve Singleton flew out to right before Wilson Ramos hit a fly ball to center to drive in Olson and Solarte. Edward Ovalle's follow up grounder scored Ramos to give the Miracle a 5-1 lead.
Kyle Person replaced Below in the top of the sixth and hit Berg with a pitch. Yancarlos Ortiz would single one out later to move Berg to 3rd and the Aussie infielder came home on Garrett Olson's ground out, making it 6-1.
With one out on the board in the bottom half of the stanza, Santo de Leon singled. Brandon Timm's fly ball to left would rive De Leon in one out later to give the Tigers 2.
Burnett would walk Carmelo Jaime in the bottom of the 7th. A Louis Ott fly ball to center moved Jaime to 3rd. Ott would go down at second, trying to stretch the hit for a double. One out later, Strieby hit his 13th home run of the season over the left field field, making it 4-6 Tigers. Burnett would be taken from the mound at that point with Anthony Slama coming in to get the final out.
Slama has been solid most of the season, but would blow the save this time around. De Leon singled and Justin Justice walked. Timm would hit a sac-bunt to move the pair. After Slama got Devin Thomas out on strikes, a wild pitch would allow De Leon to score. Jaime then singled Justice in to tie up the game.
Slama got Ott to ground out in the bottom of the 9th before Williams came into the game. He'd get Michael Bertram to ground out before giving up the yarder to Strieby.
Edward Ovalle went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Miracle. Ramos was 3-for-5 with a run and a run scored, returning to the line up after a couple of games off. Garrett Olson was 2-for-5 with a run and a pair of RBIs. Berg was 1-for-3 but had a pair of runs in the contest.
The two teams play the last of the fireworks games Sunday night at 6:00 PM. Deolis Guerra (8-4, 4.32) will make the start for the Miracle against Lakeland's Jonah Nickerson (6-3, 3.49).
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