Once again, the Fort Myers Miracle were the only member of the Twins farm system to get a game in on Friday, and once again they fell to the Sarasota Reds. In a game that ended 3-2 in 12 innings, the Miracle bats were once again anemic, though they got some great pitching. The Miracle are now 0-2 on the young season.
Oswaldo Sosa got the start for the Miracle, and he was very effective on this night. Sosa left the game with a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, though he was not in line for a decision. Sosa struck out two in 4.1 innings of work, and his one run allowed was unearned. David Shinskie was the first reliever to enter the game for the Miracle, and he pitched 0.2 innings of scoreless ball, striking out one.
Ryan Mullins made his 2007 debut, and looked in mid-season former. The young lefty pitched one inning of relief, striking out the side. He handed the ball to top prospect Eduardo Morlan, who worked two innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball. However, Frank Mata would pick up a blown save by walking four in his only inning of relief, and the Miracle would go on to lose.
Zach Ward picked up the loss for the Miracle in this one, though he did not pitch poorly. He allowed only one earned run in his 2.1 innings of relief, though the run would prove to be the game-winner. Angel Garcia struck out one in 0.2 innings of relief, making him the final reliever for the Miracle on this night.
The Miracle position players had a rough game at the plate, and in the field, as shortstop Toby Gardenhire went 0-4 with two errors. Matt Betsill struck out three times, and the bottom four in the lineup combined to go 0-15. Whitney Robbins led the way offensively, as his two hits made him the only Miracle starter with a multi-hit game. Robbins hit his first double of the season, while driving in two runs. Eli Tintor also had a double in the contest, and Edward Ovalle picked up his first stolen base of the season.