September 4, 2009 - Florida State League (FSL) - Fort Myers Miracle
PORT ST. LUCIE -- David Bromberg was unsuccessful in his attempt to set the Fort Myers Miracle single-season wins record, losing 4-3 to St. Lucie on Thursday night. The staff ace went five innings and will start in game one of the postseason on September 8 on his normal schedule of rest. But the Californian right-hander was hoping for much more as he knew going in that 13 wins is the Miracle's franchise high-water mark. Bromberg (13-4) surrendered three earned on six hits in five innings, but with just two walks and seven strikeouts. Curiously, all seven strikeouts were called, as he kept the Mets hitters guessing all night with a sharp two-seam fastball and knee-bending curveball. He used both as strikeout pitches. Fort Myers had early leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but a ninth-inning rally came up one run short. Chris Schwinden made his second Florida State League start and improved on his debut, which was also against the Miracle and lasted fewer than five innings. Schwinden (1-0) limited Fort Myers to two earned on six hits in seven innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Michael Allen logged two scoreless innings in relief of Bromberg along with three strikeouts, while Henry Arias gave up a run in the ninth. Ben Revere finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and Chris Parmelee chipped in with a 2-for-4 day at the plate as well. While the playoff races are already decided, there is one more race worth watching in the rest of the regular season. In Clearwater on Thursday night, Brevard County beat the Threshers 6-4 on Logan Schafer's game-winning single in the top of the 11th. Schafer went 2-for-4, giving him a batting average of .313. The Miracle's Revere is at .311, hinting that the league batting title could go down to the wire. Revere has a slight edge in total hits, at 142-141, while both center fielders have each scored exactly 73 runs. Schafer has played in seven fewer games. All eyes will be on Revere while Fort Myers faces the Jupiter Hammerheads, while Schafer's Manatees will get a chance to scout next week's opening round opponent in the playoffs, the Tampa Yankees, up close at Space Coast Stadium.
In the home run race, Parmelee trails St. Lucie's Brahiam Maldonado 18 to 16 with three games left to play.