Saturday, May 31, 2008

Miracle stump T-Yanks for 5th straight

Fort Myers Miracle

Fort Myers 7 at Tampa 1

W: A. Burnett (4-2, 3.07); L: I. Nova (3-6, 4.20)
HR: FTM: J. Portes (3).

After a slow start to the season, the Fort Myers Miracle suddenly have five starting aces on their pitching staff. And a couple more in the bullpen.

Alex Burnett worked 6.1 inning allowing 1 run on 4 hits and a pair of walk. He struck out none, that has hardly noticeable.

Meanwhile the battery got to work early. Ivan Nova would get Brian Dinkelman to fly out to start the game, but Edward Ovalle singled. A wild pitch moved him to second. All-star Danny Valencia would ground out, but Whit Robbins took a walk to put men at the corners. Wilson Ramos and Juan Portes both hit ground ball singles to bring in Ovalle and Robbins respectively, giving the Miracle a pair of runs.

With two outs on the board in the bottom of the 4th, Andres Perez doubled. Jose Gil then singled out to to left to plate Tampa's designated hitter. Gil would advance to third on a throwing error by Ramos, but Burnett got Smith to fly out to end the inning.

Ovalle opened up the top of the fifth with a triple. Valencia would sacrifice him in. Robbins walked and Ramos singled to put two men on. After Portes struck out, Eli Tintor would take a walk to load the bases. Yangervis Solarete singled out to left to bring in 2, and Yancarlos Ortiz would send a grounder to short to score Tintor.

Portes would hit a single shot homer in the top of the 9th as a going away gift for the Yankees, who only got a double off Matt Fox before he closed down the side.

Ortiz was 3-for-5 with a run, Portes was 2-for-4, with a walk, a run, and 2 RBIs, and Dinkelman, Ovalle, and Ramos were all 2-for-5, Dink with a walk, Ovalle with a pair of runs and Ramos with a run and a RBI.

The Miracle continue to Party with the Pinstripes tomorrow at Casa de Steinbrenner, with Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Baker making his second minor league rehab start, his first in the Florida State League. The Yankees pitcher is T.B.D. after the club lost All-star Eric Hacker to AA Trenton on Wednesday.

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