David Newmann totaled a career-high 10 strikeouts and the Charlotte Stone Crabs beat Fort Myers 3-2 tonight in the decisive game of a Florida State League semifinal playoff series.
Charlotte advanced to the championship and will play the Tampa Yankees for the title. Game 1 is Friday at Tampa. Games 3-5 will be in Port Charlotte, starting Sunday.
Newmann gave up four hits, walked one and surrendered a run in the fifth inning. He had a 16-inning shutout streak to end the regular season.
Mike McCormick hit a two-run single in the second inning and Drew Anderson added an unearned run in the fifth to make it 3-0. After the Miracle pulled within one, Richard De Los Santos worked the final 2 1/3 innings to save it. In the eighth, Fort Myers had two on and one out before De Los Santos posted two strikeouts to snuff out the threat.