Dunedin 7 at Fort Myers 2
W: G. Chacin (1-6, 7.78); L: D. Guerra (6-2, 4.89); SV: R. Gonzalez (1)
HR: DUN: J. Arencibia (11). FTM: Y. Solarte (2).
To use a horse racing term, Deolis Guerra is not a mudder.
After a start delayed by rain, Guerra got on the mound to allow 7 runs (5 earned) on five hits and 3 walks in 1.2 innings.
Guerra opened up the game by issuing back-to-back walks to Chris Emanuele and John McDonald. J.P. Arencibia then took him yard, putting his 11th home run of the year over the left field wall. After Brian Dopirak popped out, Bradley Emaus would triple. Jesus Gonzalez also hit a pop out before Adam Calderone's line drive plated Emaus. Calderone would be caught stealing for the 3rd out.
Gustavo Chacin made short work of the Miracle in the bottom of the inning, allowing a single to Danny Valencia.
Kevin Nelson would get plunked by a Guerra pitch to open the 2nd inning. Sean Shoffit doubled out to center, and Emanuele walked to load the bags. Following a fly out to McDonald, Arencibia reached on a fielding error by Valenica, driving in Nelson and Shoffit. Dopirak would fly out to left and Emaus would single to score Emanuele before field manager Jeff Smith had seen enough and called Matt Fox from the mound. Fox would get Gonzalez to fly out to end the inning.
For a man who's not seen much work on a 12-man pitching staff, Fox threw well through the next three innings, allowing only 3 hits and fanning 2.
Yangervis Solarte would hit a solo shot home run, his second of the season, off Chacin in the bottom of the 3rd.
The rains would start again in the and the game was halted in the bottom of the 5th. The Miracle had been held to 3 hits through five, with Ovalle collecting a single in the bottom of the 3rd.
TRe conclusion of the game would see the Miracle rally back. Ovalle tripled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and came home, one out later on a Wilson Ramos line drive.
Ovalle and Rocky Palacios were the only two Miracle with multi-hit games, both went 2-for-4, Ovalle with a run.
The Miracle head out on the road and will play tomorrow in Spacecoast Stadium, home of the Brevard County Manatees. Alex Burnett (4-2, 3.07) will handle the Miracle pitching chores. For the Manatees, lefty Zach Braddock (2-2, 3.46) will toss out the first pitch at 7:00 PM.
Quad Cities 11 at Beloit 6
W: W. Daman (2-1, 3.00); L: M. Tarsi (3-7, 5.62)
HR: QC: M. Arburr (8).
The Quad Cities River Bandits annihilated the Beloit Snappers 11-6 on Wednesday. Southpaw Mike Tarsi would get roughed up for 6 runs, 3 earned on 8 hits while striking out 3 over five innings.
Tarsi and Ramon Santana each had a pair of errors in the game, and Ben Revere was also tagged for missing a catch for his 5th error of the season.
Revere would go 1-for-4 at the plate with a walk, a pair of runs and 2 runs scored. Chris Cates was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Ozzie Lewis, Joe Benson and Santana were the one hit wonders of the night, with Lewis collecting 3 strike outs, and Benson 4.
Danny Lehmann also collected a single on 3 at bats, and picked up a walks and a pair of runs as well.
Reliever Luke Van Mil gave up a pair of runs on 3 hits and 1 walk while fanning 3 over 3 innings; Charles Nolte allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk striking out only 1 in an inning's worth of work.
Beloit now heads out on the road to face the Kane County Cougars for a four game series.
New Britain 7 at Altoona 10
W: J. Sues (2-0, 3.27); L: Z. Ward (2-1, 2.29)
The Miracle weren't the only soggy team on the diamond Wednesday night. The New Britain Rock Cats and the Altoona Curve got off the a late start after a rain delay. And the Red Wings weren't the only team to suffer a bullpen collapse, as Zach Ward gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk in .2 innings to let the Curve rally past the Cats for a win.
Starter Anthony Swarzak kept the Cats in the game through six, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks whiles striking out 2.
Meanwhile the Cats got their bats working early, with Dustin Martin singling out to center and Trevor Plouffe drawing a walk with one out on the board. A passed ball by Altoona Catcher Ryan Doumit moved the pair, and a Felix Molina single would score Martin. Following a fly out to Drew Butera, Steve Tolleson doubled in Plouffe for the early Rock Cats lead.
Plouffe would double in the top of the 4th. Following a Felix Molina fly out, Drew Butera would single to plate him, giving the Cats yet another run.
Molina would reach on a fielding error and Butera would double. Following a fly out to Tolleson, Matt Moses singled to score the pair.
After the damaging 7-run eighth inning, Brock Peterson, Erik Lis and David Winfree all hit doubles to put another run on the board. Dustin Martin would sacrifice in Lis, but the attempt to tie the game fell short.
Peterson and Lis were both 3-for-5 with a run, Lis also had the 1 RBI. Tolleson was 2-for-5 with an RBI, and Butera was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
The teams rematch tomorrow with Jay Rainville (5-5, 6.02) on the mound for New Britain. Yoslan Herrera (3-6, 4.14) is expected to make the start for the Curve.
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Rochester 7 at Buffalo 8
W: E. Buzachero (2-2, 3.29); L: M. Gomez (1-1, 2.41)
HR: ROC: D. McDonald (8), G. Jones (6), R. Ruiz (5), J. Pridie (4).
Brian Duensing worked 8 innings for the Rochester Red Wings, allowing 4 hits and fanning 3. It was a pity he couldn't go for nine. The Red Wings bullpen suffered a major breakdown, allowing 6 runs in the 9th inning to allow the Bisons to tie up the game. The would go on to win 8-7 in 10.
Bobby Korecky gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk, and former Miracle closer Tim Lahey gave up 2 more on 3 runs. He would eventually strike out 3 to get out of the inning.
Mariano Gomez took the loss, allowing 2 runs - 1 earned - on a run and a walk.
Garrett Jones was 2-for-4 in the game with a walk, a pair of runs including a solo shot home run, and a run scored. Howie Clark was 3-for-5 with a run and a RBI, Randy Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run in the designated hitter role, driving in 3, including 2 on his 5th home run of the season.
Jason Pridie and Darnell McDonald also when yard for the suddenly mighty Red Wings and were each 1-for-5 at the plate.
The series continues with a 1:05 afternoon game with southpaw Francisco Liriano (0-2, 4.18) on the mound for the Red Wings and looking for his first win of the season.
DSL Twins 0 at DSL Rockies 7
W: E. Cabrera (1-0, 0.00); L: O. Villaroel (0-1, 0.00)
Orlando Villaroel was the hard luck looser for the DSL Twins, allowing only one unearned run on 2 hits and a walk while fanning three over five innings. He got virtually no run support from the DSL Twins, who were held to just 2 hits in the contest.
The Rockies' Dewar Cabrera fanned 10 over 7 innings, sat down 7 on ground outs and 4 on fly outs to leave the Twins offense in shambles.
Manuel Soliman and Jairo Rodriguez were the two one-hit wonders for the DSL boys, although Soliman did draw 2 walks. Eliei Sierra also had a pair of walks for the Twins who got runners to 3rd in the 4th inning and 6th innings, but who could progress no further.
The DSL Twins host the DSL Diamondbacks on Thursday for a 10:30 AM (Dominican Time) game.