Friday, May 16, 2008

Fort Myers blows lead, wins late

Fort Myers Miracle

Tampa 5 at Fort Myers 6 (10 innings)

W: F. Mata (1-0, 0.00); L: J. Valdez (5-2, 2.14)
HR: TAM: T. Battle (5).

Southpaw Tyler Robertson made a quality start, working through seven - yes count 'em! seven! - innings and allowing three runs on six hits while striking out 9 and looking like the top prospect that he is. It was by far Robertson's best start of the season, and with the Miracle leading into the top of the 9th and ace closer Rob Delaney on the mound, the game looked to be a win for the Sacrament, California native.

Whit Robbins threw off the 1st base bag past Danny Berg to allowed Andres Perez to get on board with a bunt single. Seth Fortenberry then hit a line drive out to center. Delaney got the next two batters out, but a wild pitch by Delaney moved the runners. Luis Nunez hit a fly ball to right that dropped, bringing in the pair to tie up the game and put the Yankees on top.

Juan Portes, Yancarlos Ortiz and Brian Dinkelman all found singles in the 9th, but even as Rene Tosoni ground into a double play, Portes scored to tie up the game and send the contest into extra innings.

Frant Mata would work the top of the 10th, going 3-up, 3-down. Danny Berg singled his way onto base and was plated by Johnny Woodard with a follow-up triple, good for a Chicken Ranch with Cheese and Bacon AND a Ham sandwich.

The teams would remain scoreless until the bottom of the 3rd inning when Brian Dinkelman walked with 2-outs on the board. He then stole second, scoring on a Rene Tosoni grounder to left. Tosoni would move to 2nd base as Tim Battle threw the ball to plate trying to save the run, and would come home on his own run when Valencia singled out to right.

Danny Valencia was taken out of the line up at the top of the fifth - I assume so they could get Danny Berg some playing time and perhaps rest Valencia. There was no evidence of any injury.

Kyle Anson doubled to lead off in the left. A Luis Nunez line drive to right scored Anson. Tim Battle then went yard over the left center wall to bring in Nunez. Despite that, Robertson struck out Chris Kunda and got the next two players to ground out, showing a good deal of poise on the mound.

He would also take the next three batters he faced in the sixth out as well, right through the heart of the order.

Berg would single and Woodard would double. with two men on, Edward Ovalle would fly out and Wilson Ramos would strike out. A pitcher change brought Winklins Arias to the mound for the Yankees, and Whit Robbins single to center brought in the pair and restore the Miracle lead. Robbins would move to 2nd on a wild pitch before Portes would be taken out on strikes to end the inning.

Jose Lugo would work one inning of relief, strike out all three batters he faced, before Delaney came in, which lead us to the wild ending to what was, in the end a very long game.

Berg would finish up 2-for-3 with 2 runs, while Woodard was 2-for-4 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Robbins was also 2-for-4, scoring 2 runs as well.

By contrast, the Ovalle/Ramos pairing, which was so lethal just a few games ago, went 0-for-4 with a pair of strike outs each at the plate.

The two teams rematch for a morning game with Cole Devries (2-4, 5.13) throwing out the first pitch at 10:35 AM. Hoards of Southwest Florida school children will get to see Tampa ace Eric Hacker (2-1, .086) on the mound for the Yankees.

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Clinton 4 at Beloit 2

W: D. Holland (3-0, 2.61); L: D. Berlind (3-3, 3.62); SV: D. Sattler (3)
HR: None.

Ben Revere doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning, moved to 3rd on a Ramon Santana sac-bunt, then came home when Garrett Olson reached on a fielding error by Clinton's Renny Osuna.

In the 2nd, Joe Benson doubled, then came home on a Ben Petsch single.

Beloit seemed to be off to a really good start. Unfortunately a 3-run 5th by Danny Berlind gave Clinton the lead and they'd never relinquish it.

Berlind lasted only 4.1 innings, with 2 of the 3 runs being earned on 5 hits and 1 walks. He was unable to record a strike out.

Petsch was 2-for-3 with 1 RBI; Revere was 2-for-5 with 1 run.

The Snappers drop to 19-20 on the year. Next up, they face the Peoria Chiefs for a 3-game series starting at 6:30 PM central time at Pohlman Field.


New Britain 6 at Binghamton 7 (Extra Innings)

W: E. Camacho (2-2, 2.05); L: B. Julianel (0-2, 3.05)
HR: NBR: L. Hughes (10). BIN: S. Paniagua (1).

Read my game recap and commentary on Rookie Whites

Luke Hughes returned to the New Britain line up and extended his Eastern League-best hitting streak to 17 games with a lead-off home run in the first.

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Columbus 3 at Rochester 1

W: S. Shell (2-1, 2.75); L: F. Liriano (0-2, 4.28); SV: C. Booker (4)
HR: None.

Francisco Liriano gave up 3 runs, earned, on 7 hits and one walk while striking out 4 over 8 innings for a quality start. Sadly, he also suffered the loss as the Red Wings could not solve Nationals farm hand Steven Shell.

After Denard Span was caught stealing, Jason Pridie took a walk in th first inning, then stole 2nd. A Brian Buscher single brought him home.

Span would finish up 2-for-3 on the night, boosting his average to .369; Pridie was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. Buscher, Rany Ruiz, and former Miracle catcher Jose Morales had the other hits for Rochester who only had a total of six on the evening.

Darnell McDonald was placed on the DL Thursday with a strained hamstring. The Wings activated INF Matt Macri before the game.

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Putter about with the Miracle tonight at Castle Golf!

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