Griffin Jax and a big first inning carry the Miracle. David Banuelos' good game isn't enough as the Kernels' bullpen falters.
FORT MYERS 12, DAYTONA 2 IN FORT MYERS
The Miracle scored eight runs in the first inning and were never threatened. They drew three walks in the inning, were helped with an error, and got a three-run homer from Royce Lewis.
Travis Blankenhorn was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring three times and driving in two. Ryan Costello was 2-for-4 with a walk. Jose Miranda was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Alex Kirilloff was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs. Taylor Grzelakowski was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs. Lewis was 1-for-5 with a three-run homer, scoring twice.
Griffin Jax pitched 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk and striking out one. Kevin Marnon pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk.
Fort Myers takes a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
PEORIA 5, CEDAR RAPIDS 3 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
The Kernels led 2-0 through seven, but the Chiefs scored three in the eighth. Cedar Rapids tied it in the bottom of the eighth, but Nick Dunn delivered a two-run single to put Peoria ahead to stay.
David Banuelos was 3-for-4 with two doubles. Michael Helman was 2-for-5.
Bryan Sammons struck out six in six shutout innings, giving up two hits and no walks.
Cedar Rapids trails the best-of-three series 1-0.
4:00 Cedar Rapids (Blayne Enlow) at Peoria
4:35 Fort Myers (Brusdar Graterol) at Daytona