Saturday, May 10, 2008

Miracle rally past Mets

Fort Myers Miracle

Fort Myers 7 at St. Lucie 3

W: E. Simonitsch (1-0, 0.00); L: S. Clyne (0-2, 17.28)
HR: FTM: D. Berg (2).

The Fort Myers Miracle rallied past the St. Lucie Mets in the 9th inning to pick up game two of the four-game series, 7 to 4.

Whit Robbins lead off the late inning charge with a walk then moved to second on Danny Santiesteban's sac-bunt. Danny Valencia then doubled, and Brian Dinkelman was intentionally walked to load the bags. Rene Tosoni then tripled to bring in three. A Juan Portes single to left brought in Tosoni. Despite a double by Woodard and a walk by Danny Berg, the Miracle could not capitalize again and Wilson Ramos struck out and Whit Robbins popped out with the bases loaded to end the inning/

The Miracle got on the board first when Berg sent a ball over the left field wall for his second home run of the season.

Ramos would reach on a throwing error by J. Voyles in the top of the fifth inning and Robbins followed him onto the bags with a walk. A wild pitch by Mets' starter Nicholas Carr moved the pair. After a strike out to Santieseban, Yancarlos Ortiz singled to drive in Ramos, to give Fort Myers a 2 run lead.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Miracle starter Alex Burnett would allow back-to-back singles to D.J. Wabick and Lucas Duda. A walk to Jason Jacobs loaded the bases. Josh Thole would double to drive in 3. Fort Myers field manger Jeff Smith lifted Barnett at that point, bringing in reliever Danny Vais.

The Miracle would tie the game in the 8th inning when Woodard singled, moved to second on Berg's ground out and came home on a Wilson Ramos single to center, setting the stage for the 9th inning heroics.

Errol Simonitsch, who was added to the roster on Thursday out of extended spring training picked up the win in relief.

Berg was 2-for-4 on the night with 1 run, and 1 RBI courtesy of the home run, Woodard as 2-for-5 with 1 run. Valencia was 2-for-2 with a run in relief of Ortiz, and got to play a bit of shortstop in the game as well.

Tyler Robertson (0-2, 3.86) will step on to the mound tomorrow for Fort Myers as the series continues at Tradition Field. The Mets will sent Eric Niesen (0-3, 5.33) to the hill for a 6:00 pm first pitch.

News Press

Two former Miracle players were sent to Fort Myers from New Britain to rehab at the Lee County Sportsplex. Both were added to the extended spring training roster. Brandon Roberts, who played for the Miracle in 2006 will continue to rehab a left injury he sustained last month. David Shinskie, a reliever from last season, has been sent to to the sunshine state to work on some shoulder stiffness.

The Twins Extended Spring Training Squad will play at home on Saturday with a 12:30 PM start at the Lee County Sportsplex. They play Boston on Tuesday for a noon start. They will take Wednesday off then start a 3-game homestand, facing Cinci on Thursday, Pittsburgh on Friday and Baltimore on Saturday. Visit for additional information.

Beloit 3 at Burlington 0

W: D. Berlind (3-2, 3.54); L: E. Cegarra (1-3, 1.93); SV: S. Steedley (2)
HR: None.

Danny Berlind limited Burling to only 2 hits and 2 walks over seven innings while striking out 5, Friday night at the Beloit Snappers blanked the Burlington Bees, 3-0.

Chris Cates single in the 8th broke the eggs for the Snappers. Garrett Olson would single the speedster home for the 1st run of the game.

Steve Singleton's line drive in the top of the 9th got things starter. Joe Benson would draw a walk and Greg Yersich would hit a grounder to right to bring in Singleton. Ben Petsch's line drive would score Yersich, to give Beloit their 3rd run of the game.

Petsch had the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 at the plate with 1 RBI. Benson was the only player without a hit, going 0-for-3 at the plate with a walk.

The two teams rematch on Saturday with the first pitch slated for 6:30 PM central time.


New Britain 11 at New Hampshire 12

W: J. Vermilyea (2-0, 3.45); L: A. Gabino (3-2, 2.61); SV: M. Gallo (2)
HR: NBR: D. Winfree 2 (7), D. Martin (2). NHM: R. Patterson (3).

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats out-slugged the New Britain Rock Cats 12 to 11 to pick up a home win in the first game of the three game series. Both teams pounded out 15 hits each.

The Fisher Cats shelled former Miracle Oswaldo Sosa for 5 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks while striking out 2 in just 4.0 innings. New Hampshire's Ricky Romero lasted a bit longer, going 6.1 innings but gave up 7 runs on 10 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4.

David Winfree was 2-for-5 at the plate with 2 runs and 4 RBIs. Both of his hits went yard, the first with 2 on in the 1st inning, the second in the 6th inning. Dustin Martin was 2-for-3 at the plate with 2 walks, 2 runs and 4 RBIs. He'd also find the fence, this time in the 8th inning.

Steve Tolleson was 2-for-4 with a walk, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs; Brock Peterson was 3-for-4 with a walk and a run. Trevor Plouffe was 2-for-5 with a run, but he also struck out twice. Erik Lis and Toby Gardenhire each recorded singles, Gardenhire with a walk and a run as well, and catcher Drew Butera when 2-for-4 at the bottom of the order with 2 runs and 1 RBI.

Only former first rounder Matt Moses went hitless, striking out twice during 5 at bats.

Former Miracle Kyle Phillips, currently a Toronto farm hand, went 4-for-4 with three runs scored for the Fisher Cats.

Fisher Cats

Buffalo 4 at Rochester 3

W: R. Rundles (3-1, 4.80); L: T. Lahey (1-2, 5.06); SV: R. Bauer (7)
HR: None.

The light-hitting Rochester Red Wings managed to tie the game up in the 8th to the delight of the home town crowd at Frontier Field, but the Bisons found the game winning runs in extra innings.

Brad Snider doubled off Tim Lahey to drive in Jason Tyner for the game winning run.

Former Miracle Alexi Casilla got the rally started in the 8th with a single. Dennard Span would be called out on strikes, but Jason Pridie managed to reach on a force attempt when Buffalo 1st baseman Ryan Mulhern botched his throw. Darnell McDonald's single brought home Casilla and put runners at the corner. Brian Buscher would draw walk before Randy Ruiz would bring in Pridie with a line drive to right. Garrett Jones tied up the contest when he sacrificed in McDonald.

McDonald and Ruiz were both 2-for-5 in the contest, McDonald with a run and a RBI, Ruiz with just an RBI.

Former Miracle Brian Duensing allowed 2 Bison runs on 7 hits and 1 error while striking out 3 over six innings.

Red Wings

RHP Danny Graves will be promoted to Rochester from Double-A New Britain on Saturday. Graves is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in seven games for the Rock Cats. Graves will take the roster spot of LHP Glen Perkins who will be promoted to the Minnesota on Saturday and start for the Twins vs. Boston. It will be Perkins' first Major League start. The Miracle will likely loose a reliever to New Britain to replace Graves. Closer Rob Delaney (0-2, 0.54, 8 Svs) is most likely going to get the promotion to Double A.

Homestand Happenings

Fort Myers Miracle

Wednesday, May 14: “Islands Night” brings residents together to promote the history and lifestyle that is seen daily on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The festivities, presented by Bailey’s General Store, include a pre-game parade at 6:15 p.m. followed by the Miracle hosting the Sarasota Reds at 7:05 p.m.

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