The Bradenton Marauders (20-33) led into the bottom of the eighth on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium, but a four-run rally powered the Miracle (38-14) to victory 7-4. Eric Avila hit his first home run of the season and went 2-for-3 in the game for Bradenton.
Joan Montero (L, 1-3) inherited a 4-3 lead for Bradenton in the eighth. After a hit and a walk put two on, Aderling Mejia hit a grounder to second, beating out the throw on a near double play to put runners at the corners. Eddie Rosario singled to center to tie the game, but Mejia was cut down by Willy Garcia while trying to advance first to third. Stephen Wickens walked to extend the innings with two down, and Kennys Vargas followed with his second home run of the series and 11th bomb of the season.
The Marauders tallied the first run of the game on a throwing error by Levi Michael in the first. Alen Hanson walked, moved to second on a groundout, and scored when Michael threw away Jose Osuna’s grounder.
Nick Kingham started for the Marauders, pitching six strong innings and striking out seven, but also allowing two home runs. The first homer, a two-run shot by Angel Morales, gave the Miracle a 2-1 lead after two innings.
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Bradenton knotted the score in top of the third on an RBI fielder’s choice by Dan Gamache, but the Miracle scored again in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run by Michael to take a 3-2 lead. The lead changed hands again in the fifth, when Eric Avila homered to tie the score. Gamache added an RBI single later in the inning to give the Marauders their final lead.
Jason Wheeler started and pitched seven innings for Fort Myers. Ryan O’Rourke (W, 5-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Robbie Kilcrease pitched a scoreless seventh inning for Bradenton.
The Marauders return home on Friday to start a stretch of eight straight home games. Bradenton hosts Jupiter at 6:30 p.m. Friday night. Gates open at 5:30 p.m