Fort Myers 2 at Palm Beach 4
W: B. Dickson (5-5, 3.45); L: J. Rainville (0-1, 3.12); SV: F. Samuel (13)
Jay Rainville gave up 4 runs, 3 earned, on 9 hits while fanning 7 to suffer his first loss back in a Fort Myers Miracle uniform. The Miracle bats also lacked the necessary zip to overcome the early deficit.
In the bottom of the opening inning, James Rapoport doubled to lead off for the Red Birds. Donovan Solano would strike out, but a ground out to Tony Cruz moved the runner to 3rd. A Brandon Buckman single would plate him to the put the Cards on the board.
Rapoport would again take a single in the 3rd, and Solano would single as well putting two runners on. Following a line out by Cruz, Buckman would single a ground ball out to left field to plate Rapoport for the second Red Birds run.
Wilson Ramos would single in the top of the 4th and Yangervis Solarte doubled to move him to 3rd. Eli Tintor sacrificed in Ramos to cut the Cards lead in half.
I was just remarking on Saturday night that Whit Robbins has been a much better choice at first base, defensively, than Johnny Woodard. Robbins however would allow Rapaport to reach on a fielding error.* Solano then doubled to bring him in. A Cruz single plated Solano to double up the Red Birds total.
Ramos would draw a walk in the top of the sixth, and one out later, Tintor walked as well. Danny Lehmann singled to score Ramos. Unfortunately, that was all the Miracle would put in the runs scored column.
The tying runs would make it to second and third in the top of the ninth with two outs, but Juan Portes went down swinging to end the game.
Steve Singleton was 2-for-5, but did not factor into the scoirng. Ramos was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, and both Mirale runs. Edward Ovalle, Robbins and Solarte were all 1-for-4, Solarte with the double, the other two qualifying as one hit wonders. Lehmann was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Jose Lugo would finish up the game, going 1.1 inning, allowing only 1 hit.
Game two of the series is Monday. Cardinals Brad Furnish (6-3, 4.23) will throw out the first pitch at 7:05, while Deolis Guerra (7-3, 4.83) will attempt to out duel him on the mound.
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* Sorry, but I do not miss Woody. I do not miss his bat either. I do however, happen to know that Woody is missing his little buddy Danny Valencia something fierce.