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Yankees mow down Miracle 8-1

May 10, 2013
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Tampa Yankees salvaged a series split by beating the Fort Myers Miracle 8-1 Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.

Each team won two games in the four-game series with Wednesday's finale being part of the annual Education Day.

Yankees pitcher Shane Greene dominated a punchless Miracle lineup. The right-hander pitched 8 1/3 innings, striking out 12 and allowing just one run on five hits. Greene struck out the side in the fourth and seventh innings. At one point between the second and fourth innings he struck out four in a row and six out of seven.

For the second straight game Twins top prospects Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario were given the day off. Unlike Tuesday's 4-2 win, the Miracle (25-7) were unable to muster enough offense to get a victory. Kennys Vargas hit a solo home run and that was all for Fort Myers.

Miracle starter Matt Summers was roughed up in five innings. He gave up nine hits and six runs.

The Yankees got on the board in the first on an RBI single by Gary Sanchez. After Vargas tied the game with his fifth homer of the season in the second, Ben Gamel singled in the third and scored on a double by Robert Refsnyder.

Later in the inning Anderson Feliz singled to right to bring home Refsnyder for a 3-1 Yankees lead.

Refsnyder and Sanchez padded the lead in the fifth back-to-back RBI hits to make it 5-1. Feliz made it three runs in the inning when his ground out scored Refsnyder.

The Yankees added two more in the ninth to pull away for good.

Gamel, Refsnyder and Sanchez each had three hits apiece for the Yankees. Tampa's offense registered 15 hits which tied for the most given up by Miracle pitching this season. Braden-ton also had 15 hits against the Miracle on April 7.

The Miracle, still in first place in the Florida State League South Division by a four-game margin, travel across Florida to begin a three-game series with the Jupiter Hammerheads on Thursday.



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