Fort Myers 2 at Daytona 4
W: H. Chen (1-0, 3.47); L: A. Burnett (6-4, 3.78); SV: B. Parker (4)
HR: FTM: S. Singleton (3). DAY: D. Barney (3).
During the first half the the season, the Daytona cubs were not known for being a home team. It appears they've remedied that situation in the second half, and the Fort Myers Miracle found out the hard way, dropping game one of a four game series, 4-2 to the Cubs.
The Cubs would sent Hung-wen Chen to the mound, and he'd get a quick awakening when Steve Singleton took him yard over the right field fence. It was Sing's third home run of the season in a Miracle uniform.
In the bottom half of the lead off inning, Tony Thomas would single off Alex Burnett and then Darwin Barney homered off the Miracle right hander to put the Cubs up by one.
Ty Wright would take a walk off Burnett in the bottom of the fourth, and Steve Clevenger followed that up with a line drive to left. Marque Smith's line drive brought Wright in, and Yusef Carter sacrificed in Clevenger. Burnett would then get Russ Canzier to ground out and Ryan Harvey to strike out, stranding Smith.
On the whole, Burnett's performance wasn't bad. He'd allow 4 runs but on only 4 hits and a walk while fanning 7. The Miracle should have been able to deal with that, but with the exception of Sing, the offense was MIA.
Singleton tripled in the top of the sixth, and was sacrificed in by Wilson Ramos.
Sadly, that would be it for our boys in blue, as Dustin Sasser, Michael Cooper and Blake Parker blanked the Miracle through the next 3.1 innings.
Chen would pick up the win, Burnett would suffer his 4th loss of the season. Carlos Gutierrez finished up for the Miracle, allowing a pair of hits in the 8ths but no runs.
Singleton was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs and a RBI. Garrett Olson was 2-for-4 and Danny Lehmann was 1-for-3. Sort of makes you wonder where some of the big bats from the first half of the season were (i.e. Ovalle, Portes).
The two teams rematch tomorrow in what was a partly cloudy, but mostly dry Daytona Beach. The Miracle will try to locate their bats against lefty Rich Hill on a major league rehab assignment from Chicago. Deolis Guerra (9-4, 4.28) will counter for the Miracle.
Mood Rings, Lava Lamps and Rubik's Cubes were all part of the fads of the 70's, and the Miracle will return home on Sunday, July 20th to 70's night at the Bill, sponsored by the Breeze Newspapers. Come dressed for the disco, gear yourself out in your glam, parade your Punk, or perhaps engage in a bit of streaking while the home town boys take on the St. Lucie Mets.
Tampa Bay Buccaneer running back Earnest Graham will be on hand to sign autographs to benefit the Earnest Giving Foundation, there will be a 70's car show on the mall, a pre-game concert by local band AsIz and a 70's costume contest (with prizes) as well. It's also a Fox 4 Miracle Kids' Club night. Pick up a coupon from the Breeze and get four reserved seating tickets for only $10! And, since it's 70's night, your pet rock gets in for Free!
FACTS about the 70's:
Unemployed in 1970: 4,088,000
National Debt: $382 billion
Average salary: $7,564
Food prices: milk, 33 cents a qt.; bread, 24 cents a loaf; round steak, $1.30 a pound
Life Expectancy: Male, 67.1; Female, 74.8
Among the top names in popular music were Aerosmith, the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Three Dog Night, and The Who. "Easy listening" regained popularity with groups such as the Carpenters, and Bob Marley gained a huge core of fans in the U.S. performing Jamaican reggae music.