The Florida Fire Frogs came up short in their bid for a series victory on Sunday night at Osceola County Stadium, falling to the Fort Myers Miracle, 8-3.
Fort Myers (2-2, 35-37) plated two runs in the opening frame against Ricardo Sanchez (3-8). Jaylin Davis drove in his third run in as many days with a sacrifice fly to right, plating Brandon Lopez to put Florida (2-2, 27-43) in a one-run deficit.
After a walk to Tanner English put runners at first and second, Mitchell Kranson singled to center to score Jermain Palacios to put the Fire Frogs in a two-run hole.
Sanchez had a chance to set down the side in order in the second, but surrendered a two-out home run to Max Murphy to put Florida behind by three.
The Fire Frogs tied the game at three apiece with an RBI double from Tanner Murphy (1×3, R, 2B, RBI, BB) and a two-run two-bagger to left off the bat of Alejandro Salazar (1×3, 2B, 2 RBI).
The Miracle jumped back out in front with two more runs in the third, as Kranson drove in his second run of the game with a two-out double to the gap in right-center. Zander Wiel drove Kranson home with a single past a diving Salazar at third.
The visitors brought home solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings to break the game open to 7-3.
Oriel Caicedo (2.0ip, 3h, 1r, 1so) and Adam McCreery (2.0 ip, 2h, 1r, 1bb, 2so) made their team debuts on Sunday, as the lefties combined to allow two runs on five hits, a walk and three strikeouts in four frames.
The Miracle tacked on an extra run in the eighth with an RBI single to right by Murphy for his fourth hit of the game, and 11th in the series.
Florida will take part in a league-wide off day on Monday, before taking the road for a seven-game road trip that starts with a three-game set against the Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium starting Tuesday night. LHP Drew Harrington (4-7, 4.55) takes the mound for the Fire Frogs, while it has yet to be determined who will oppose the lefty for the Hammerheads. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
The Fire Frogs return to Osceola County Stadium on Tuesday, July 4 for game one of a three-game set against the Hammerheads. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game to witness an Independence Day Spectacular, featuring the largest fireworks display of the season.
The series opener is also “Fire Rum Tuesday” at the ballpark, where fans can enjoy $3 Fire Rum mixed drinks and $2 tostones. Every Monday through Wednesday game is “Service Industry Night” in Kissimmee, where members of the service industry can purchase tickets at a discounted rate.