Miracle Creep To .500 Mark

The Fort Myers Miracle were the only Twins affiliate to play on Wednesday, and they made the most of that, by beating Clearwater 5-4. The team jumped out to a 5-2 victory, and staved off a late rally by the Threshers in order to seal the victory. Closer Eduardo Morlan picked up his third save of the season, as Erik Lis provided the pop once again.

The Fort Myers Miracle were the only Twins Minor League affiliate to play on Wednesday, and they made sure they would come away with the victory. Playing against Clearwater, the Miracle jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the fourth inning, and while the Threshers rallied late, Fort Myers was able to hold on to the lead. With the win, the Miracle got back to .500 on the young season.

Alexander Smit got the start for Fort Myers, and had some trouble locating his pitches. He tossed four innings of three-run ball, walking four, while striking out three. It was a rough outing for Smit, who was coming off his best start of the season, and seemed to be getting better every time out. In his last start, Smit struck out seven over 5.0 frames, walking only one.

Angel Garcia took the ball next for the Miracle, and pitched two innings without allowing an earned run. In his six appearances this season, Garcia has allowed an earned run in only one. Frank Mata would pick up his second victory of the season in relief, as he threw two no-hit frames, while striking out one. Mata has also only allowed an earned run in one of his six outings this season, and has a nice 1.00 earned run average.

Eduardo Morlan is looking like a closer more and more each day, and on Wednesday, he nailed down his third save of the season. Morlan has been great this season, posting a 0.93 earned run average, while allowing only one run in 9.2 innings of work. He has appeared in six games, striking out seven, and has walked only two.

The big hitters in the game were the usual suspects, as Erik Lis and Steven Tolleson both had big nights. Lis stroked his seventh, and eighth doubles of the season, while driving in his seventh run in the last six games. He has bumped his batting average to .323 on the year, which is the fifth best mark in the organization.

Tolleson picked up his organizational-best fifth stolen base in the game, and had two hits in four chances. He also walked, bringing his batting average to .286 in 2007. He has been a great surprise from the leadoff spot for Fort Myers this season. Dwayne White had his second multi-hit game in as many days, and is now four for his last ten. He has lifted his batting average from .254, to .275 in the process.

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