Fort Myers 2 at Clearwater 0
W: M. Fox (1-0, 3.60); L: C. Monasterios (1-1, 2.70); SV: R. Delaney (3)
HR: FTM: W. Robbins (1).
The Fort Myers Miracle won a pitchers duel Thursday night, sweeping the series from the Clearwater Threshers thanks to a 2-run yarder by Whit Robbins in the 7th inning.
Deolis Guerra took to the mound for the Miracle, working through 5 innings allowing 4 hits and 5 walks while only striking out 2. Meanwhile his Thresher counterpart Carlos Monasterios suffered his first loss of the season, working though seven innings and allowing both runs (earned) on only 2 hits and 3 balls while striking out 4.
A wild pitch by Guerra with only one out allowed Clearwater's P.J. Antoniato onto 3rd base in the 2nd, but a timely strike out to Welinson Baez and a line out by Carlos Leon ended the inning before the Miracle could suffer any damage.
Danny Valencia made it as far as 3rd base in the top of th 4th for the Miracle, but with 2 outs on the board, Wilson Ramos ground into a force out which caught Woodard and ended the inning.
Loaded the bases in the bottom of the 5th, in part due to another wild pitch by Guerra, but Gus Miller's pop out to second left them stranded with the game still scoreless.
Matt Fox entered the game in the bottom of the sixth and worked 2, picking up wth win when Ramos drew a walk and Robbins hit one deep over the right field wall.
A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for the Miracle in the top of the 8th, but Woodard ground out causing the side to retire.
Robert Delaney worked the last two stanzas for Fort Myers, who return home Friday night to face the Dunedin Blue Jays with a special 6:05 PM start time.
The Miracle managed only 4 hits in the game, but picked up six free passes off the Phillies Farm. The win ties the Miracle for 3rd place in the standings with Lakeland, while Clearwater with a 2-6 record took sole possession of last place.
Dunedin leads the West division with a 6-2 record and swept the Miracle earlier this week at Knology Park. Big lefty Tyler Robertson will take the start for the Miracle.
Appetite for Destruction: The ultimate Guns N’ Roses tribute band, “Appetite for Destruction” hits the stage after Friday’s 6:05 p.m. game.
The band looks like Guns N’ Roses, they sound like them and from the moment you hear the words, “you know were you are? You’re in the Jungle baby…” until long after the concert ends, you feel like you got a glimpse of what it was like when GNR rocked Los Angeles back in 1987. All the favorites—Sweet Child o’ Mine, Paradise City , Patience and many, many more will be played. Tickets are only $12 for the game and concert.