Fort Myers 5 at Sarasota 3
Record 9 - 6
W: D. Vais (3-0, 0.75); L: T. Wood (1-1, 1.23); SV: R. Delaney (5)
HR: SAR: J. Francisco (4).
Your Fort Myers Miracle stayed on the winning track Friday as they took game one of the back pair of the home-and-home series that started out on opening night.
Alex Burnett took the start on the mound, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and two walks while striking out 2 over 4.2 innings. The run came in the bottom of the second when a fielding error by Danny Valencia allowed Chris Heisey to get on base. Carson Kainer then ground into a force out that took down Heisey at second, but a runner still remained on first. A second fielding error, this one by Brian Dinkelman allowed Jason Louwsma to reach and moved Kainer to 3rd. A sac-fly by Eddy Rodriguez brought Kainer in to put the home team on the board first.
The run would be unearned.
The Miracle did not answer back until the top of the fourth, when Edward Ovalle singled, then moved to 2nd on a wild pitch by Travis Wood. Reserve catcher Rocky Palacios then singled a line drive out to left that allowed Ovalle to score. Palacios would try for a double, but was thrown out on second, ending the inning.
After Johnny Woodard drew a walk off Wood, the Reds would pull their starter and put in Logan Ondrusek. A triple by Ovalle out to center brought in Woodard. Wilson Ramos then doubled in Ovalle. Juan Portes would hit into a ground out, but Palacios followed up with a double out to left to bring in Ramos. Yancarlos Ortiz would strike out and Dinkelman would ground out to end the inning, but the three points would prove huge for Fort Myers squad.
With reliever Danny Vais on the mound on the bottom of the sixth stanza, Juan Francisco homered out to right. Sarasota will be back at The Bill for a game on May 14th, and you'll probably want to get Francisco's autograph if you've not already done so. Vais would then get Drew Stubbs and Heisey to fly out, and Kainer to ground out to end the inning.
There would a defensive change in the bottom of the 8th for the visitors, with Edward Ovalle moving to left field to replace Juan Portes and Danny Santiesteban taking over the center field post. Jose Lugo also replaced Vais on the mound for the Miracle, and allowed a single to Justin Turner to start off. Chris Valaika then doubled, to move Turner to 3rd. A sac-fly by Francisco brought the runner in, to cut the Miracle lead to just 1 run. Rob Delaney then took over the mound for Fort Myers, and the Sandman retired the next two batters on strikes to preserve the lead.
The Miracle would get an insurance point in the top of the 9th with Ortiz singling, stealing 2nd, and then coming home on a Rene Tosoni single.
Louwsma would draw a walk off Delaney in the bottom of the 9th, but the Reds never got a runner to 2nd base, as Delaney shut down Michael DeJesus on strikes to end the game.
The two teams meet up tonight for the final game of the series, a special 6:00 start. Cole Devries (1-1, 6.92) will get the start for the Miracle. The Reds will counter with Jordan Smith (2-1, 1.40) With the win, the Miracle move into a tie for first place with Dunedin, who lost again, this time to Clearwater.
The Miracle return home Sunday to face the Flying Tigers on Family Fun Day. Twin's pitcher Kevin Slowey will make a rehab start for the Miracle on Monday as he recovers from a strained right biceps muscle. He threw off a mound last Monday for the first time and reported feeling no discomfort from the injury.
Joe Benson and Steve Singleton delivered back-to-back home runs for the Beloit Snappers which claimed a rain shortened game from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Greg Yersich added a solo yarder at the bottom of the fourth, which gave the Snappers a 5-0 lead. Starter Brian Kirwan would surrender three runs the following inning however, and be replaced by Steve Hirschfield, who got the final out of the fifth inning before rain claimed the contest.
The Rock Cats rally attempt failed against the Trenton Thunder as the visitors went on to win 8-4 in Double A Action. Luke Hughes was 3-for-4 with 1 run and 1 RBI for the Cats. Hughes drove in Erik Lis, who'd tripled down near the bottom of the order. Oswaldo Sosa labored through four innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.
Jason Pridie knocked in Chris Basak for the only run in a Triple-A game that saw four Rochester pitchers combine to shut out the Richmond Braves. Naples native Carmen Cali picked up the win in relief, allowing 1 hits and walk while striking out 1 in 1.1 innings.