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Weather Wins... and so do the Miracle

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The weather conditions have wreaked havoc on the baseball schedule for much of this week. Games from the Midwest to the Northeast have been postponed, and the story was the same for Friday night. The Cedar Rapids Kernels were weathered-out for the fourth straight day. New Britain was supposed to play a late-morning game on Friday but it was postponed. Finally, the Rochester Red Wings scheduled game in Pawtucket was postponed by rain. Doubleheaders are scheduled, hopefully for days that the weather will allow.

However, one of the teams off to the fastest starts in the 2013 season, the Ft. Myers Miracle, was back on the field, looking to improve upon their 7-0 record. So how did they do? Well, come on, you’ll have to read a little further to find out.

The game started a bit as a pitching duel. Through the first four innings, just one run scored. In the top of the third, catcher Matt Koch singled to score Eddie Rosario with the game’s first run.

Charlotte did tie the game in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out double off of starting Matt Summers. However, in the top of the sixth frame, the Miracle loaded the bases. Angel Morales came up and cleared them with a double. He then scored on a Rosario double to make the score 5-1.

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Matt Summers left the game after five innings. He gave up just the one run on three hits. He did walk three and struckout just one. He was relieved by Cole Johnson who was greeted in the sixth by a triple and a run scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

However, the Miracle responded right away again with a single run when Andy Lee scored on a Michael Gonzales sacrifice fly.

Johnson gave up the one run over his two innings. He gave up three hits, walked none and struckout none. Adrian Salcedo came in for the eighth inning, and like Johnson, he gave up a run in his first frame. He gave up a quick double. The runner advanced on a groundout and then scored on a sacrifice fly to make the score 6-3. Salcedo gave up another run in the ninth to give the final 6-4 score.
Matt Koch went 4-5 on the game. Eddie Rosario was 2-5 with his fifth
double.

The Miracle improved to 8-0 to start the season, the winningest team in minor league baseball at his point. If they can win in Charlotte on Saturday, a 9-0 record would match the 1994 team and be the best start in team history. Madison Boer is scheduled to make the start for the Miracle.

Rochester is schedule to start a doubleheader in Pawtucket on Saturday at 11:05 central time. Alex Meyer will take the mound for New Britain to start a game against Portland at 5:35 central time. Cedar Rapids is scheduled to play two games in Clinton, starting at 4:00 central time.

Oh yeah, in case you missed it, the Twins got destroyed by the Mets in the first game of their three-game, inter-league set.
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