Thursday, May 1, 2008

Miracle continue winning ways over Clearwater

baseball,Fort Myers Miracle

Clearwater 2 at Fort Myers 4

W: C. Devries (2-3, 5.08); L: J. Savery (1-2, 2.92); SV: A. Slama (4)
HR: CLE: J. Blalock (1).

Despite the best efforts of Johnny Woodard to the contrary, Cole Devries kept Clearwater off the board through five innings and went on to pick up this second win of the season, 4-2 over the Threshers.

The Miracle got Clearwater starter Joe Savery early, with Brian Dinkelman singling, then progressing to second on a throwing error by Threshers' third baseman Welinson Baez. Juan Portes took a walk before Danny Valencia hit a single out to left to bring in Dinkelman. After Woodard was called out on strikes, Ovalle hit a fly ball single to right to load the bases. Wilson Ramos then sent a ball into deep center field for a triple, to give the Miracle a four run lead.

Devries was charged with a fielding error when he tried to catch a pop ball into four territory down the first base side and collided with Woodard. Woodard would later drop a ball to allow a runner on base on what should have been a routin ground out, but was not charged with an error.

Clearwater's big moment would come in the top of the 6th when Matthew Spencer singled. Following a fly out to Mike Eylward, Jake Blalock would homer to give the Threshers their two runs. Devries allowed a single to Gus Milner before he was taken from the mound in exchange for Zach Day, who got Tuffy Gosewisch to line into a double play to retire the side.

Anthony Slama would take over the 8th and 9th, getting Baez out on strikes to end the contest.

Portes would finish off 2-for-3 with a walk and run, Dinkelman and Ovalle were each 2-for-4 with a run.

The two teams rematch tonight at 7:05 on Thirsty Thursday with right hander Jeff Manship (3-0, 3.38) on the hill against Clearwater's Darren Byrd (0-3, 8.84).

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New Britain 11 at Binghamton 2

W: Y. Pino (1-1, 1.80); L: J. Niese (2-2, 1.82)
HR: None.

Former Miracle Steve Tolleson went 4-for-5 at the plate with one walk, 2 runs and 2 RBIs as the New Britain Rock Cats downed the Binghamton Mets, 11-2.

Binghamton would get on the board first when Yohan Pino allowed singles to Dan Murphy, Salomon Manriquez and Ambiorix Conception.

A Jonathan Malo double lead to another Mets run in the bottom of the 5th with Murphy knocking Malo in a single to left.

However, Tody Gardenhire doubled to open the top of the fifth and Drew Butera, Luke Hughes and Steve Tolleson all drew free passes to force in a run. David Winfree's double then drove in three more. Jonathon Niese would suffer the loss for the B-Mets.

Gardenhire, newly promoted from Fort Myers, went 3-for-5 with a double, 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Dustin Martin was hitless against his former, team as was Butera.

Rock cats

In an afternoon game, the Minnesota Twins topped the Chicago White Sox, 4-3. Justin Morneau smacked a ground rule double in the bottom of the 7th to drive in Carlos Gomez for the game winning run.

Morneau finished up 2-for-4 at the plate. Gomez was 3-for-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI.

Former Miracle Nick Blackburn picked up the win, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 over 7 innings. (Boxscore)

Transactions: As expected, Brian Buscher was optioned back to AAA Rochester and Adam Everett was actived off the DL. He is expected back in the Twins line up on Friday.

Minor Leaguer Danny Berg was activated off the DL and placed on the Miracle active roster. Hall-of-Famer Paul Molitor is in Fort Myers working with the Miracle this week.

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