Sarasota 5 at Fort Myers 2
W: J. Fogg (1-0, 3.32); L: M. Fox (3-2, 4.04); SV: C. Vazquez (1)
I was trying to come up with something poetic to say about the fury of nature, when in fact there was no fury involved. The game got way after a rain delay of about an hour and the Fort Myers Miracle bats got off to a delayed start as well. Sadly they delayed until the ninth inning as the Miracle lost 5-2 to the Sarasota Reds.
Major leaguer Josh Fog made the best of his rehab, going 8.2 innings, allowing 2 hits on 12 runs and four strike out. I wish that I could say Nick Punto was as impressive. Instead I found myself wishing that it was Yancarlos Ortiz out there at short for the Miracle.
Matt Fox tossed a pretty good game as well. But I had gone up for hot dog though and when I came back, boom! It was 2-0.
Jose Castro and Jake Kahaulelio had both doubled, which brought in Castro. Fox then uncorked a wild pitch that moved the Windsor, California, native to 3rd. Heisey would take a single off Fox to score Kahaulelio. Yup, with the name like that, he's not from Hawaii.
Eddy Rodriguez doubled in the top of the 7th. After Castro had popped out, a wild pitch moved Rodriguez to 3rd. Kahaulelio then singled out to left to score Rodriguez. Field Manger Jeff Smith then pulled Fox, bringing Oswaldo Sosa into the game. One of the things Ozzie is here to work on is his walks, so, of course, the first thing he does is walk Chris Heisey. As Todd Frazier went down on strikes, Kahaulelio and Heisey both stole. Juan Francisco then doubled off Sosa to drive them in.
There was a glimmer of hope when Solarte doubled in the 8th, but the Cincinnati pitching machine did not start tiring until the ninth. Steve Singleton hit a line drive to right and Edward Ovalle tripled to drive him in. Ovalle would score on Garrett Olson's ground out. Danny Santiesteban ground out as well, but Solarte would single. Camilo Vazquez came in for the final out, getting Punto to ground into a force out.
Punto was a very impressive 1-for-5 on the night, to become one of our one hit wonders, and hit an average of .250 over the last three games. Whit Robbins, Ovalle and Solarte were all 2-for-4 at the plate, Ovalle with a run and a run batted in. Portes was 3-for-4 but much like Robbins, did not get the hits at a time when they might be useful. Ramos was the other one hit wonder of the contest, going 1-for-4, while Singleton, who was also 1-for-4 had a run.
The Miracle now head out for a four game road trip against the Palm Beach Cardinals. Jay Rainville will make the 6:05 PM start, his first since re-joining the Miracle. The team returns to Fort Myers on Thursday to face the Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee Brewers).
NP: Promotion Commotion
I did get Punto's autograph and overall, during the last three games was pretty good in that regard. The only Red I didn't get was Danny Guerrera. Alex Smit told me Guerrera'd been reassigned to Daytona.
I also did not get Mr. Rainville's signature, and am hoping he'll stick with the team through the next homestand. Rene Tosoni and Kyle Waldrop were in the stands to watch the game as well. Tosoni has had a pin inserted in his foot and no longer has a brace on. He says he's still four weeks away from being able to being playing again.
It was rather unusual as we almost never see the rehabbers. They do their work down at the training facility, then go home and take the night off. I made a comment to that extent about Milt and pointed out that since they were drawing a salary, it wouldn't hurt them to come to the games and do some public relations work by signing autographs for the fans. That made him think for a bit. After that he went off to buy some launch a balls.
(Brett, you took off with my gold pen, I'd like it back please.)
Kudos to Gary Sharp who did actually turn the sound down for the game so we could talk over the music. This helped us in cajoling Mr. Punto into using the pen.
Beloit 11 at Peoria 5
W: S. Arias (3-3, 2.76); L: K. Kreier (2-2, 4.66)
HR: BEL: C. Parmelee (13). PEO: D. Johnston (9), L. Bautista (3).
I hear that Ben Revere is happy to be out of Florida because he doesn't like the weather here. Midwest flooding must be more to his taste. He also seems to think he's going to get promoted to the Miracle, which makes me wonder why, if he doesn't like the weather, he wants to come back.
Revere was not in last night's contest however, instead the story of the night was Chris Parmelee, who went 4-for-5 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs.
Chris Cates and Deibinson Romero hit back-to-back singles. Parmalee singled as well, out to center to plate Cates. Ozzie Lewis' ground ball to left drove in Romero. After Joe Benson was called out on strikes, Mario Mercedes would mis-throw on a pick off attempt and Parmelee scurried home for the 3rd run.
Mark Dolenc would double in the top of the 2nd, move on a sac bunt from Estarlin De Los Santos and come home on a Cates ground out. The top of the fourth would see Allan de San Miguel walk move to second on Greg Yersich's single and to 3rd on a Dolenc sac-bunt. De Lo's line drive single drove him in.
Brandon Guyer would single off Beloit starter Santos Arias. One out later Luis Bautista took him deep going over the left field wall for this 3rd home run of the season.
Parmelee put his own ball over the right field fence in the top of the fifth as Zach Ashwood came into replace the oft-hit Kevin Kreier.
The top of the sixth saw Dolenc double then steal 2nd. Cates would bring him in on a sac-bunt.
Bautista walked for the Chiefs in the bottom of the stanza and Cliff Anderson doubled. Dylan Johnson would then go yard over the right field fence to bring in the pair, giving Peoria their five runs for the night.
Ozzie Lewis singled in the seventh and moved to 2nd on Benson's sac-bunt. Stephen Ventro was then trotted out of the bullpen to try to stop the hemorrhaging, but instead went wild, with a pitch that is, moving Lewis to 3rd. After walking de San Miguel, a passed ball by Mercedes brought Lewis home. Yersich would reach on a throwing error which also plated the Aussie catcher.
Chris Siegfried replace Vento on the mound for the top of the eighth, and saw Romero single, then move on another passed ball. Parmelee doubled him in. Lewis' single moved Parms to 3rd, and he'd score when Joe Benson hit into a double play.
Dolenc had a good game, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs to get his average up to .217. Lewis was 3-for-5 with a run and a RBI, Romero was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs. De Lo was 1-for-5 with a RBI, while Yersich, also 1-for-5 was the one hit wonder. The teams finish up on Sunday with a 2:00 PM game. Snapper's right hander Steve Hirschfield (5-1, 2.06 ERA) will face off against the Chief's Robert Hernandez (0-0, 5.79 ERA).