Sarasota Reds – Baseball – Reds vs Miracle, Game Two – Recap and Photo Journal

5 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

2323232327ffp53657nu3396834388wsnrcg3246-74647344nu0mrjThe Sarasota Reds knew they faced a tough go of it during a three-game home stretch against the Fort Myers Miracle that began on Monday evening.

After nearly rallying from behind in the bottom of the ninth only to lose 8-6 the previous night, quickly let things get out of hand against their opponent in Game Two on Tuesday.

Sarasota looked like it might keep things close through the first three innings, but faltered badly in the top of the fourth with the score 2-0 in favor of Fort Myers when Miracle short stop Chris Cates, left fielder Ben Revere, second baseman Steve Singleton, and third baseman Deibinson Romero all scored on a total of six hits allowed by starting pitcher for the Reds, Luis Montano, and reliever, Joseph Krebs.

The Reds responded in the bottom of the fourth, when second baseman / short stop Alex Bucholz grounded out on a hit toward third base, but left first baseman Yonder Alonso already well on his way toward home plate.

Sarasota added two runs in the seventh inning, with Bucholz scoring from second base on a double by catcher Devin Mesoraco, then third baseman Neftali Soto tagging up from third and heading home on a sacrifice fly to center field by left fielder Daniel Perales.

Yet, by the start of the eighth inning, the Reds faced the insurmountable task of closing a five run lead by Fort Myers with the score 8-3.

The Miracle added to that lead in the top of the ninth, as center fielder Joe Benson knocked a two-run homer off replacement pitcher Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette, scoring both himself and right fielder Chris Parmalee.  Sarasota failed to respond in the their last at-bat, going three-and-out up against the pitching of Fort Myers’ closer, Henry Arias.

Starter for the Miracle, Carlos Gutierrez, was awarded the win having thrown seven complete innings and allowing only six hits and three runs; he also collected six strike outs for the game.  Gutierrez now moves to 1-1 for the year.

In contrast, the Reds sent four total pitchers to the mound in Tuesday night’s loss, with Montano leading off, then followed by Krebs, Steven Otterness, and Valiquette closing.

Fort Myers now leads the series 2-0 and maintains a single game hold on first place in the FSL South over second place Charlotte.

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