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Miracle Blanked for Tenth Time, 7-0

July 13, 2005 - Florida State League (FSL) - Fort Myers Miracle News Release

FORT MYERS, FL (July 13, 2005) - The shutouts are starting to pile up for the Fort Myers Miracle offense as they were blanked for the 10th time this season and second time in three days, by the Palm Beach Cardinals, losing 7-0 on Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium.

The Miracle scattered just seven hits, five of them singles and never had a runner reach third. Kyle Phillips had the only two extra base hits, doubling in the fourth and sixth. Brock Peterson was the other bright spot getting a single to right-center in his final at bat to extend his hit streak to 10 games.

Cardinals starter Josh Axelson, who entered the game with an ERA of 5.35, stifled the Miracle by going seven shutout innings allowing four hits while walking one and striking out six in picking up his fourth win of the season.

Miracle starter Scott Tyler had a rough night. He lasted just three innings and couldn't find the plate in the second. With one on and two out in the he proceeded to walk four straight batters, forcing in two runs. In the third he gave up a solo homer to Brian Martin, his second of the season and the 14th long ball allowed by Tyler this season. Tyler finished the evening giving up three runs in three innings while walking four.

The Miracle bullpen didn't fare much better as each reliever allowed at least one run. Jannio Gutierrez went three innings allowing two unearned runs in the sixth. Josh Gray went two innings allowing one run on three hits and Jay Sawatski gave up one run in his inning of relief.

The same two teams meet Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at Hammond Stadium. The Miracle send LHP Justin Jones (2-1, 4.91) to the hill against Cardinals LHP Eric Haberer (4-3, 2.88). The game can be heard live on Sports Radio 770 ESPN.

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