Thursday, April 10, 2008

Miracle down Threshers with 13 hit attack

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Fort Myers 9 at Clearwater 3

Miracle firstbaseman Johnny Woodard went 3-for-6 Wednesday night, leading the Miracle attack as they pounded out 13 hits in route to a 9-3 win over the Theshers at Bright House Field.

Whit Robbins opened the scoring when he drew a walk in the 3rd, moved into scoring position on a Danny Santiesteban double, then came home on a sac-fly off the bat of Allan de San Miguel to put the Miracle on the board in the top of the 2nd.

Brian Dinkleman singled to start the 3rd and Danny Valencia took a walk, but with 2 outs, Juan Portes singled in Dinkleman. Robbins followed that with a walk, while Santiesteban singled to drive in Valencia. A walk to de San Miguel prompted the Threshers to bring Nathan Johnson up to the mound. Yancarlos Ortiz would reach on a fielding error that also allowed Robbins and Santiesteban to score. Dinkleman would fly out though to end the inning with score 6-0 Miracle.

Welinson Baes tripled off Miracle starter Jeff Manship to lead off the bottom of the 3rd. He would score on a Quintin Berry ground out, putting the Threshers on the board.

Canadian Rene Tosoni trippled to lead off the 4th, and came home on a Woodard single after Valencia groundout. Portes and Robbins would both single, but back-to-back strike outs to Santiesteban and de San Miguel left the bags loaded to end the inning.

Clearwater's Matthew Spencer doubled to start out the bottom of the stanza, and was followed up by a Jake Blalock single to drive him in. After John Urick ground out and Baez struck out, Fidel Hernandez reached on a throwing error by Ortiz, that allowed Blalock to come home.

The game quieted down hitting wise after that, although the Miracle added a pair in the top of the 9th with Tosoni and Valencia leading off with walks. Woodard's single brought in Tosoni, while Valencia scored of a Portes ground ball to right.

Woodard, Portes and Santiesteban each accounted for 2 runs for the Miracle. Manship worked five innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4.

Jose Lugo, Aaron Craig and Anthony Slama finished up on the mound for the Fort Myers squad.

The Miracle look to sweep their first series of the season tonight as they rematch the Threshers for a 7:05 start. Right hander Deolis Guerra is expected to start for Fort Myers.

The team returns home to Hammond Stadium on Friday for a special 6:05 start time. The game will be followed by a concert from Appetite for Destruction, a Guns 'N' Roses tribute band. Tickets are $12 for the game and the concert.

News Press
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