Thursday, May 15, 2008

Miracle hold off Sarasota, ready for Yankees

Fort Myers Miracle

Sarasota 3 at Fort Myers 5

W: A. Burnett (3-1, 2.97); L: L. Ondrusek (0-1, 4.01); SV: R. Delaney (9)
HR: SAR: D. Stubbs (2). FTM: D. Valencia (5).

Despite giving up 10 hits to a good Sarasota team, the Fort Myers Miracle managed to keep the Reds off the run board for the most part, picking up a 2 run lead in the first, and hanging on to it to win, 5-3.

Rene Tosoni would draw a walk in the first with one out on the board. Danny Valencia then put his 5th home run of the season over the left field fence to further his case for a trip to Brevard County in June for the Florida State League All-star game.

Alex Burnett worked two quick innings for the Miracle, but found a bit of a problem in the third. With one out, Eddy Rodriguez would single a fly ball to Portes. Michael DeJesus did the same thing, but this time Portes was not really paying attention and missed it, allowing a double to DeJesus and a run to Rodriguez. Jose Castro hit a single, then stole 2nd base, but Burnett would get the next two batters to fly out to end the inning.

The Miracle took the run back though in the bottom of the inning, when Tosoni tripled, then scored on Valencia's ground out.

Consistently throwing between 88 and 92, Burnett allowed some hits, but it was hard to string them together for the runs. Justin Tondi singled in the top of the fifth, but a 72-MPH change up got Michael DeJesus to ground into a force out. Jose Castro would double out to center to bring in DeJesus, but Burnett got Todd Frazier to ground out to end the inning.

Brian Dinkelman singled in the bottom of the 5th and Tosoni drew another walk, but the potential was wasted when Valencia ground out and Johnny Woodard and Edward Ovalle were both taken out on strikes by Sarasota starter Daniel Guerrero.

Drew Stubbs would go yard over the left field fence to give the Reds their third run of the game.

Logan Ondrusek replaced Guerrero on the mound for the Reds in the sixth, allowing a single to Portes and a double to Robbins that brought in the speedy Bostonian. Allan de San Miguel and Yancarlos Ortiz would both be taken out on strikes before Brian Dinkelman took a walk. Tosoni smacked a single out to left that brought in Robbins, but Dinkelman decided to try to two bases on the play and got caught in between 2nd and 3rd, getting tagged out before he could get back to second. It's the probably the first time I've seen a judgment error on the basepaths from Dinkelman. However, the Miracle had their two run lead again.

Jose Lugo would replace Burnett for the seventh, and into the 8th, but with a runner on base in the 8th, field manager Jeff Smith turned to ace closer Rob Delaney to put the game to bed. Delaney got Heisey to pop out to end the inning, then got the bottom of the Reds order out on strikes in the ninth to close out the proceedings.

Tosoni played a good game, going 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks, two runs and 1 RBI. Robbins was 2-for-4 with a run and one RBI. Ovalle would also go 2-for-4 but did not get in on the scoring, hitting a single in the first that struck Guerrero, causing a momentary break in play while the visitor's hurler was checked. He also singled in the bottom of the third, but the effort was wasted when Portes ground into a force out.

Woodard and de San Miguel were both 1-for-4 with a pair of strike outs. Ortiz also had a pair of strike outs in the contest.

A bunch of dogs move into the park tomorrow, and I'm not talking about your four footed friend. The Yankees show up for the first of a three game series against the Miracle with a 7:05 start time.

Southpaw Tyler Robertson (1-2, 3.47) will begin the game on the mound for the Miracle, while Ivan Nova (2-5, 4.31) will throw for Tampa.

The Yankees are without pitcher Mark Melancon (1-0, 2.84), who was promoted to Double-A Trenton. In turn, they received Kevin Whelan down from the Thunder. There is no updated on Yankees ace Eric Hacker, who was placed on the DL a week ago with a blister.

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NP - Denton

* Breeze photographer Vandy Major was at the game last night, so be sure to check out the print edition of the Breeze for some of her wonderful pictures!

Clinton 3 at Beloit 11

W: M. Tarsi (1-6, 6.85); L: J. Quintero (2-1, 7.23)
HR: BEL: C. Parmelee (7).

Chris Parmelee may have belted his 7th home run of the season, but it was Jair Fernandez and Steve Singleton who were the big story in this game. The pair were 4-for-5 in the middle of the line up, Fernandez with 3 runs and 2 RBIs, while Singleton had only 1 run and 2 RBIs.

Ben Revere continued to be impressive - going 3-for-5 with 1 run and 1 RBI, while Parmelee finished up 2-for-4 with a walk, 3 runs and 2 RBIs.

Clinton's Jorge Quintero was victimized for 11 Snappers runs on 13 hits and 2 walks in 3.1 innings. His only strike out was to Mark Dolenc in the second. Mike Tarsi went six innings for Beloit, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7, for his first win of the season.


New Britain 2 to Binghamton 5

W: S. Aguilar (3-0, 3.58); L: O. Sosa (1-3, 7.20); SV: E. Kunz (8)
HR: NBR: D. Winfree (9). BIN: D. Murphy (5).

Former Miracle Erik Lis was 2-for-4 with a run and David Winfree cracked his 9th ball out of the park, but the Rock Cats could not over come the B-Mets.

Lis opened up the top of the second by doubling his way onto base. Winfree followed that up by putting one over the left field fence. That would be all the Cats would see off B-Mets starter Salvador Aguilar.

Oswaldo Sosa gave up 5 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks while striking out 3 for his third loss of the season.

The Cats should be happy to see the Sea Dogs at home on Friday as they have struggled on the road this season. They have one more game against the B-Mets however, Thursday at 10:35 AM, before returning to the New Britain Stadium for a weekend series.

Rock Cats
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Rochester played an early game on Wednesday, defeating the Columbus Clippers 10-7. Click HERE to read the game recap.

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