Miracle Collect 20 Hits in 14-0 Rout of St. Lucie
(PORT ST. LUCIE, FL) July 5, 2016 - A 20-hit offensive outburst, and a combined shutout by Felix Jorge and Nick Anderson, led the Fort Myers Miracle to a 14-0 victory over the St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday night at Tradition Field. The Miracle, winners of seven of their last eight games, and 12 of their last 15, now hold a two game lead over the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the second half of play in the Florida State League South Division.
The Miracle broke the game wide open by scoring eight times in the third inning off of Mets starter Chris Flexen. Tanner Witt reached on an error by Mets third-baseman Jhoan Urena to start the inning, and then went to third on a double by Alex Perez. One out later, T.J. White doubled home both runners to open the scoring. After LaMonte Wade singled, Nick Gordon delivered another single, this one scoring White to increase the lead to 3-0. Trey Vavra was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and that was followed by a single off the bat of Edgar Corcino, scoring Wade to make the score 4-0. Joe Maloney then doubled to right field to drive in both Gordon and Vavra, and the rout was on. Witt then delivered a sacrifice fly to make the score 7-0, before Perez came through with his second hit of the inning, a single to center, scoring Maloney for an 8-0 lead.
Fort Myers tacked on three more runs in the fifth. With one out, Witt singled and then went to third on Perez' second double of the evening, knocking Flexen from the game. Reliever Jimmy Duff came on, and after retiring the first batter he faced, allowed consecutive run-scoring singles to White, Wade, and Gordon, giving the visitors an 11-0 advantage.
The Miracle added three more runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Witt and a two-run double by Brian Navarreto.
Fort Myers collected season-high totals in runs (14), runs in an inning (8), hits (20), and margin of victory (14). Gordon, Perez, and Wade each had three hits to lead the 20-hit offensive barrage.
Jorge (9-3) started the game and earned the win by tossing seven shutout innings, allowing six hits and no walks while striking out three. Anderson came on in the eighth and retired all six batters that he faced, including three by strikeouts, to close the game out. St. Lucie had only one runner reach second base the entire evening.
The Miracle (43-38, 9-3) and the Mets (41-38, 6-6) will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie in the final game of this three-game series. Keaton Steele (4-6) is the probable starter for the Miracle, and he will be opposed by St. Lucie's Scarlyn Reyes (5-8). The game will not be broadcast on www.miraclebaseball.com, but fans can listen to the St. Lucie Mets Broadcast Network and the 'Voice of the Mets' Adam MacDonald.
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