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Miracle take first 2 on homestand
August 12, 2017

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The Fort Myers Miracle swept a doubleheader from the Dunedin Blue Jays Friday night with 6-4 and 1-0 wins at Hammond Stadium.

Brent Rooker homered for the third time in the past week in the first game, and a Tanner English lobbed a sacrifice fly that sealed the second game in the seventh.

The twin bill was made necessary by the rainout on Thursday.

Fort Myers (30-18, 63-53) erupted for five runs in the bottom of the first inning against Jays starter Josh DeGraaf (6-2). With the bases loaded, Zander Wiel bounced a ball to third that kicked off the glove of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and dribbled into left scoring the first two runs. Rooker came to the plate with two on and jolted a ball out to right-center, his fifth home run to give the Miracle a 5-0 lead.

The Blue Jays (28-20) clawed back into in, putting runners in position to tie the game, but Randy LeBlanc stayed the course over his 4 2/3 inning-start. Dunedin plated two in the fourth with RBI-singles by Michael De La Cruz and Jake Thomas. After Fort Myers got one back on a wild pitch, the Jays grabbed two more in the fifth with a D.J. Davis two-run single.

In a 6-4 game in the sixth, the Blue Jays put the go-ahead run at the plate against Miracle Anthony McIver (5-2), but Connor Panas grounded out softly back to the pitcher to end the threat. In the seventh, De La Cruz flied out to left where Rooker made a great diving play to end the game.

Sean Poppen and Conor Fisk (7-10) battled with each other to keep the second game scoreless through to the bottom of the last inning. Poppen did not allow a hit until the sixth, while Fisk took a tough luck complete game loss.

In the top of the seventh, the Blue Jays had runners at second and third with no one out, but Andrew Vasquez (2-0) induced a soft ground ball off the bat of Juan Kelly, struck out Davis and got Josh Almonte to ground out to third.

The walk-off by English came with the bases loaded, one out, in the bottom of the inning. Jaylin Davis and Nelson Molina had singled before Shane Kennedy was intentionally walked to load the bases. English sent a ball deep enough to center for Davis to tag and score the winning run.

The teams meet again Saturday at Hammond Stadium in the Miracle's eight-game homestand.

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