Saturday, July 26, 2008

Rain, curfew suspends Miracle game

Fort Myers Miracle

Fort Myers 2 at Clearwater 2 - Suspended

Pitching: M. Williams (FTM); Batting: F. Hernandez (CLE)
HR: None.

The game between the Fort Myers Miracle and the Clearwater Threshers was suspended after 14 innings and a lengthy rain delay.

With two outs on the board in the top of the 2nd inning, Danny Lehmann drew a walk off Joe Savery. Danny Santiesteban laced a line drive to left to plate the Miracle catcher. A missed catch by Orlando Guevara behind the Thresher plate saw Santiesteban home as well to give the Miracle two.

John Urick walked off Miracle starter Ozzie Sosa in the bottom half of the stanza. Kevin Maher singled him to second and Michael Taylor hit into a force out to put him at 3rd. Guevara then singled to bring him in. A wild pitch would put Thresher runners on second and third, but Sosa got Fidel Hernandez to ground out to end the inning.

It would stay that way until the bottom of the ninth, when Anthony Slama gave up a single to Taylor. Gary Cates sac-bunt moved him and pinch hitter Alan Robbins reached on a throwing error by Garrett Olson. A sac-fly by Hernandez plated Taylor to tie up the game. Quintin Berry singled and advanced to 2nd on defensive indifference before Slama would get Robert Watson to ground out to end the inning.

The conclusion of the game will begin at 5:00 PM on Saturday. The regular contest will follow at 6:30 and will be nine innings. Both teams will be restricted to a depleted bench and bullpen when the game resumes.

The game was suspended at 1:00 AM under the Florida State League curfew rule.


Click it for Ticket

The Florida Department of Transportation Safety Office has partnered with the Fort Myers Miracle to encourage Miracle fans to buckle up. Local law enforcement will be “ticketing” motorist and their passengers for wearing their seat belts in the “You have been ticketed” promotion.

Local law enforcement personnel will be on hand at the August 1st game to distribute tickets to a future Miracle game to fans that are caught wearing their seat belt by the law enforcement officials.

In addition on August 29th the first 1,000 people into the stadium for the Miracle versus Tampa Yankees, who pledge to wear their seat belt every trip, every time, day and night will receive a Miracle buckle up logo baseball. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. and the gates open at 6 p.m.

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