Fort Myers 1 at Clearwater 4
W: D. Naylor (3-7, 5.20); L: C. Devries (9-9, 2.97); SV: M. German (5)
HR: FTM: E. Tintor (6). CLE: M. Eylward (1).
The rains abated somewhat Saturday allowing the Fort Myers Miracle and the Clearwater Threshers to get in a game at Bright House Network Fields.
Game between Sarasota and Tampa, and Daytona and St. Lucie were postponed, while a contest between Palm Beach and Brevard County was canceled.
Cole Devries took the start after a couple of weeks off, resting a sore back and was a bit on the rusty side. John Urick would single off of him to start the bottom of the 2nd inning. Mike Eylward then put a ball over the left field fence for his first home run of the season, giving the Threshers a two run lead.
Eli Tintor would do the same in the top of the 3rd, but his sixth homer of the season was a solo-shot, halfing the Threshers lead.
Brian Finegan and Quintin Berry took back-to-back singled of Devries in the top of the 3rd. Jesus Villegas Andino sacrificed in Finegan. After Gus Milner flew out to 3rd, Berry would go to steal second. Wilson Ramos overthrew the the base and sent Berry to 3rd while the ball bounced off into the outfield. Urick's line drive would plate Berry to make it 4-1 Threshers.
The Miracle would manage seven hits the game, but never posed a threat to Clearwater.
Steve Singleton and Edward Ovalle were both 2-for-4 in the game, Sing with a double, but neither could score. Tintor and Portes finished of 1-for-4 each, Tintor of course with the only tally, on his yarder. Ramos was 1-for-3 with a walk to finish off the offensive end of things.
Devries would work four innings, allowing six hits and striking out only 1. Spencer Steedley took the next 3 allowing a two hits and two walks while fanning two. Matt Williams finished off for the Miracle.
The two teams rematch Sunday for a 4:00 PM game, The Miracle go golfing in the morning with a 8:30 am shotgun start at Pelican Preserve for the 9th Annual Charity Golf Classic.
Upon returning to Clearwater, Matt Fox (7-6, 3.55) will take the mound for the Miracle against the Threshers Carlos Monasterios (4-8, 5.84).
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Team USa defeated Team Japan 8-4 to win Bronze in the Olympics. Port Charlotte native Matt Laporta had a pair of hits and a home run in the contest Korea would top Cuba to win the Gold. The United States finished up 6-3 overall. It was the second bronze medal won by the US in Olympic baseball competition. The first came in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. (USABaseball.com)
Danny Valencia was 2-for-4 Saturday with 2 runs, including a home run, and 1 RBI as the Rock Cats defeated the Akron Aeros 3-2 in New Britain Stadium. Dustin Martin (1-4) also went yard for the Cats, who are 17 games below .500 on the season.
The Rochester Red wings slipped past the Pawtucket Red Sox, 4-3, at Frontier Field. Reining IL Offensive Player of the Week Matt Macri knocked his 10th home run of the season out of the park in the 7th with one man on. Former Miracle Trevor Plouffe was 2-for-3 with 2 runs and 1 RBI. Kyle Snyder, who had been rehabbing earlier in the season with the GCL Red Sox suffered both the blown save and the loss.
A day after the Appalachian League Twins clinched their Division title and a spot in the playoffs, the Low A Beloit Snappers saw their playoff hope all but dashed as the Burlington Bees stung the Snappers, 5-3. Mike McCardell took the loss, his fourth of the season. Yangervis Solarte was 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI and catcher Allan de San Miguel was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run. (Bees) The Snappers are 5 back in the wild card race, with 8 left to play.