Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Miracle avoid sweep, return home

baseball,Fort Myers Miracle

Fort Myers 4 at Lakeland 3

Record 14 - 11

W: J. Lugo (1-1, 6.55); L: B. Wise (0-3, 8.25); SV: R. Delaney (6)
HR: None.

The Miracle avoided being swept in Lakeland when Danny Valencia doubled to clear the bases, then came home on an Edward Ovalle sac-fly. Rocky Palacios singled and Brian Dinkelman doubled of Lakeland's Brendan Wise to put runners on the corners. Rene Tosoni would then be hit by pitch to load the bases, leading up to Valencia's late inning heroics.

It was largely a pitchers duel up until that point. Lakeland ace Luis Marte allowed only 4 Miracle hits and struck out 4 over 7 innings worth or work.

Almost as good was Fort Myers Tyler Robertson who gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6 over six.

Lakeland would get on the board in the first period when Scott Sizemore singled, moved to 3rd on a ground rule double by Jeramy Laster, then come home on a Brennan Boesch sac-fly.

Lakeland manager Andy Barkett would be ejected in the inning after arguing the call on Laster's hit. Lakeland however proceeded along without their manager, utilizing a walks to Justin Justice and Sizemore in the 3rd to get on base, a single by Laster to put the pair in scoring position, and another sac-fly by Boesch to push Justice over the plate.

Jose Lugo would replace Robertson in the 7th, and issued a walk to Shawn Roof. A sac-bunt by Louis Ott put Roof on second. He'd score on a Sizemore fly to left. Lugo would still pick up the win though, his first of the season.

Rob Delany would be brought in to keep the slim lead in tact, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2 over 2 innings for this sixth save of 2008.

The Miracle finished up 2-4 on this last road trip. They will take Tuesday off as a part of a FSL wide free day, and return home on Wednesday to face the Clearwater Threshers.

Since Alex Burnett pitched in relief yesterday, Cole Devries (1-3, 5.48) is likely to start for the Miracle. He is expected to face Joe Savery (1-1,2.25 ERA) for the Threshers.

The good news is that the Threshers will be without Adrian Cardenas, who was placed on the DL, and the Miracle will not have to face Clearwater ace Antonio Bastardo, who is not schedule to pitch again until Saturday. Find out more about Bastardo in this week's Florida State League report.

Take I-75 North
News Press

The South Bend Silverhawks crushed the Beloit Snappers 7-1. Brian Kirwan gave up all 7 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks while striking out 1 over 4.1 innings. Fielding errors by Chris Cates and newly arrived 2007 1st round draft pick Ben Revere helped the Silver Hawks. Chris Parmelee had the lone run for the Snappers, coming home on a Steve Singleton triple. (Boxscore)

You can find out more about Revere's promotion as well as other Snapper roster moves at Rookie Whites.

The Rock Cats took advantage of the an Eastern League wide off day to take a cat nap. Minnesota had the day off as well.

In Triple A Action, the Pawsoxs downed the Rochester Red Wings 8-6 at Frontier Stadium. Jason Pridie was 3-for-5 with a run for the Wings, Darnell McDonald and Randy Ruiz were both 2-for-5, McDonald cracking a home run in the 7th to account for 4 RBIs. (Boxscore)

Rochester infielder Tommy Watkins was placed on the disabled list today (retro to 4/25) with a strained left groin. Watkins is batting .143 in 13 games for the Red Wings. Taking his spot on the roster is LHP Francisco Liriano, who was optioned to Rochester from Minnesota on Friday. Liriano was 0-3 with an 11.32 ERA in three starts for the Twins. Matt Macri left Monday's game with a strained left calf during his first inning at-bat and may be headed to the DL list as well.

Double-A New Britain infielder Luke Hughes was named the Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, ending April 25. In seven games, Hughes hit .406 with six home runs and 10 RBIs.

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