Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Robertson 3-hits Jupiter

Fort Myers Miracle

Fort Myers 5 at Jupiter 0

W: T. Robertson (2-2, 3.04); L: J. Allison (2-5, 3.08)
HR: None.

Tyler Robertson owned the Jupiter Hammerheads tonight, allowing only 3 hits and 3 walks over 7 innings while striking out 4. This time Jose Lugo also got the memo about the shut out, as the Fort Myers Miracle blanked the Jupiter Hammerheads, 5-0.

(Nice work Mr. Robertson. Please keep it up! I would like to see you graduated to the Rock Cats sometime in the not too distant future.)

Danny Valencia returned to the Miracle line up as well, lacing a line drive double into left field in the first inning to bring in Brian Dinkelman, who had lead off the game with a walk.

An Eward Ovalle triple in the top of the 2nd, turned into another run on Wilson Ramos' ground out.

Whit Robbins and Ovalle hit back-to-back singles off Hammerhead's starter Jeff Allison in the top of the 4th. The Boston native would get Ramos to ground into a double play however, putting Robbins on 3rd and 2 outs on the board. He's then give up walk to Danny Berg. Rookie Yangervis Solarte's line drive brought in Robbins, and moved Berg over to 2nd. Yancarlos Ortis then hit his own line drive out to left to score Berg. Dinkelman would be called out on strikes to end the inning.

Portes would walk in the top of the 5th, then move to second when Allison unleashed a wild pitch. Valencia's single moved him to 3rd, followed by a walk to Robbins that loaded the bags. Ovalle would ground into a double play that plated Portes. Ramos' fly out would end the inning.

A walk to Berg in the 6th would be all the Miracle would get off Allison, and Brad Stone was as stingy as a reliever could get setting three down quick in the top of the 7th. Ovalle would get a single in the 8th, but could go no where with it, as Adam Campbell got Ramos to fly out and Berg to ground out to strand him. Solarte would double off Campbell in the 9th, but Ortiz and Dinkelmen when down on ground outs and Portes flew out to finish off the Miracle offense.

Lugo allowed back-to-back singles with one out on the board in the 8th, and a fielding error by Ortiz put Agustin Septimo on 3rd. Lugo would get Spike McDougall to strike out before issuing a walk to Jake Blackwood that loaded the bases. A John Purdom ground out got him out of the jam however, preserving the goose eggs on the Jupiter side of the board. Anthony Slama continued to be lights-out for the Miracle, striking out 3 in the 9th, allowing only a walk to Gregory Burns before sending Jupiter off to bed.

Solarte went 2-for-4 in the contest with a run scored, making a case for staying with the Miracle past this next weekend. Ovalle was 3-for-4 with a run, while Valencia was 2-for-4 with a RBI. Berg was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run in the designed hitter role.

The two teams finish up the series tomorrow with Cole Devries (2-4, 4.56) taking a morning start against Marlins prospect Jarrett Santos (4-1, 2.73). First pitch is due for 10:35 a.m.

The Miracle return home Thursday for Indiana Jones night, marking the release of fourth movie, 19-years after the last one was made. It is also Thirsty Thursday at the ball park with half priced beer. So don't forget your bull whip as you raid the Kingdom of the Crystal Keg!

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Kelly Thesier reported on that former Miracle pitcher Scott Baker felt discomfort during his bullpen session and will not progress on to the next stage of his rehab. Instead he will stay at the Lee County Sportsplex to rehab until he can pitch without discomfort.

Twins great Tony Oliva will once again represent the Twins at the 2008 Draft, which will be held in Orlando at Disney's Wide World of Sports on June 5-6.

Beloit 2 at Clinton 4

W: D. Holland (4-0, 2.45); L: D. Berlind (3-4, 3.99); SV: R. Tatusko (1)
HR: None.

Danny Berlind suffered his fourth loss of the season as the Beloit Snappers only managed to put a pair of runs on the board against the Clinton Lumber Kings.

Ramon Santana tripled in Greg Yersich for a run in the top of the fifth inning with 2 outs on the board. Venice native Chris Cates doubled in the top of the 6th, moved to 3rd on a passed ball and was plated by Jair Fernandez's fly ball single.

Ben Revere was 0-for-4 in the contest, a turn about for the young slugger that is batting .412 on the season. Steve Singleton also went without a hit, falling to .336 on the season. Joe Benson had the fifth Snappers hit but it did not factor into the scoring.

Berlind would finish the game giving up 4 runs, earned, on six hits and 4 walks while striking out 4 over six innings.

The series continues tomorrow at 7:00 PM central time with Brian Kirwan (3-1, 3.68) on the mound for the Snappers.


Harrisburg at New Britain - Postponed

Tuesday's Eastern League game between the Harrisburg Senators and the New Britain Rock Cats was postponed by rain Monday night. The teams will play a pair Wednesday, May 21, starting at 5:05 PM eastern time.

Rochester 2 at Syracuse 3

W: J. De Jong (3-1, 3.60); L: T. Lahey (2-4, 3.93)
HR: None.

The Rochester Red Wings fell in extra innings to the Syracuse Chiefs, with former Miracle Tim Lahey taking the loss on the mound. Syracuse had lead 2-0 up until the ninth inning when two Fort Myers alumni - Garrett Jones and Jose Morales - hit back-to-back doubles to lead off. Jason Pridie would replace Morales as a pinch runner and would come home on a Chris Basak single one out later to tie up the game.

Naples native Carmen Cali replaced Lahey on the mound with one runner on in the 10th inning. He'd allowed Buck Coats to reach on a throwing error. After getting Adam Lind to pop out, Matt Watson's ground out moved Wyane Lydon to 3rd, and he'd score as an inherited runner on an Adam Russ single.

Tommy Watkins was 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of walks but did not factor into the scoring for Rochester. Morales was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a pair of strike outs. Matt Macri was 2-for-5, also with a pair of strike outs. Rochester would record 10 hits on the night - and 10 strike outs as well.

Denard Span broke a finger in the game while attempting a bunt in the 9th inning, and is expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks.

Span was honored as the International League Batter of the Week on Monday. Span had 13 hits during the week and lead the league with a .619 average. 3 of his 13 hits were for home runs, and five of his six games were multi-hit efforts. Span also lead the International League in on-base percentage (.704), Slugging percentage (1.190) and was second in the league in runs (9) and hits (13). (Press Release)

Red Wings manager Stan Cliburn will throw out the first pitch for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats Wednesday night. Cliburn was selected as the manager on the New Britain 25th Anniversary All-Time Team in the fall. The Wings rest on Wednesday so Cliburn will not be missing a game. They then head on the road for a 4-game series against Pawtucket starting on Thursday at 7:05 PM

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