Fort Myers 5 at Dunedin 2
W: M. Fox (3-1, 3.80); L: K. Ginley (5-3, 4.12); SV: A. Slama (13)
HR: DUN: B. Emaus (6).
The newly retooled Fort Myers Miracle downed the Dunedin Blue Jays 5-2 at Knology Field Monday to add to their 1st half win record. The newcomers added little offensively, but the remaining core of the 1st half West Division Champions was up to the task.
Matt Fox would make the start and he too would add to something, allowing a home run to Bradley Emaus in the bottom of the first to start the game. Fox has been primarily a reliever in the first half, but has only one fewer home runs allowed the Delois Guerra, a starter.
The Miracle would answer back in the top of the 3rd. Yangervis Solarte would single in the lead off position, then steal his way to 2nd. After Edward Ovalle was taken out on strikes, Juan Portes singled to bring the speedy Solarte home. Portes would advance to second on the throw. Whit Robbins would then smack a line drive out to left to bring in Portes, making it 2-1 Fort Myers.
Solarte would be hit by a pitch in the top of the fifth, then moved to second on Ovale's single to right. Portes hit a grounder to left that loaded the bags. Robbins would be taken out on strikes, but Wilson Ramos singled to bring on Solarte. Recently promoted Garrett Olson would ground into a double play however to end the inning.
With a triple to lead off the top of the 7th, Solarte would come home one out later on a wild pitch by Dunedin reliever Celson Polenco. Portes would follow that up with a double and make it all the way to 3rd before Ramos would strike out to leave him stranded.
Fox would work six inning, allowing only the one run on 3 hits and one walk while striking out 7. Blair Erickson took over on the mound in the 7th using a pair of fly outs and a strike out to end the inning. He did not fair so well to open up the eighth however, allowing walks to Sean Shoffit and Luis Sanchez. Field manager Jeff Smith would get Jose Lugo out of the bullpen. He would get Chris Emanuele out on strikes before Adam Calderone singled ot bring in Shoffit. Brad Emaus would strike out and Brian Dopirak ground into a force out to end the inning.
The Miracle took one more for good measure in the top of the ninth. Ovalle doubled with one out on the board, and moved to 3rd on Portes ground out. Robbins fly ball single to right served to plate him.
Anthony Slama would work the bottom of the ninth, closing the door on Dunedin to secure the win.
Solarte finish up 2-for-4 with three runs on the night, Portes was 3-for-5 with a run and a run scored, Ovalle, Robbins and Ramos all went 2-for-5, Ovalle with a run, Robbins with a pair of RBIs and Ramos with a run scored. Danny Lehmann in the designated hitter role and Yancarlos Ortiz were the one hit wonders of the night.
The two teams rematch Tuesday with Cole Devries (5-5, 3.11) getting the start against Kenny Rodriguez (4-6, 3.76). First pitch is slated for 7:00 PM.
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DSL Twins 0 at DSL Diamondbacks 4
W: M. Gil (1-1, 2.00); L: O. Villaroel (0-2, 1.20)
Not surprisingly, the DSL Twins were once again blanked on the road, this time by the DSL Diamondbacks. (Hint: try taking bats along when you go!)
Jean Carlos Mercedes and Jairo Rodriguez had the only hits for the DSL Twins, one each.
Orlando Villaroel suffered the loss allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 1. Carlos Carrillo gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and one walk while striking out 1 over 2 innings of relief.
The Twins host the DSL Orioles Tuesday for a 10:30 AM (Dominican Time) contest.