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Rogers, Miracle blank Yankees 5-0

August 4, 2013
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TAMPA - Taylor Rogers tossed a complete game shutout of the in a 5-0 win for the Fort Myers Miracle over the Tampa Yankees Saturday night .

Rogers (9-5) scattered five hits and worked around three walks for his second complete game shutout of the season. Rogers tallied seven strikeouts and induced 16 ground ball outs including three double plays turned by the Miracle infield.

In the third inning, the Miracle plated two runs. With one out, Darin Mastroianni, J.D. Williams and D.J. Hicks connected for three consecutive singles. On an MLB rehabilitation stint, Mastroianni laced a base hit into center field. Williams laid down and bunt single and Hicks drove in Mastroianni with a rope shot down the first base line.

Kennys Vargas struck out for the second out of the inning, but the breaking ball from Tampa starter Bryan Mitchell bounced away from catcher Tyson Blaser and Williams came in to score on the wild pitch.

The Miracle pushed the lead to 4-0 in the fifth. Mastroianni led off with a double into center field and moved to third on Williams' infield hit. With Hicks at the plate, Williams swiped second. The throw down by Tampa catcher Tyson Blaser went into center field and Mastroianni strolled home.

After Hicks walked, Vargas chopped a high hopper over third base and into left to plate Williams from second. For Vargas, the RBI was his 79th of the season.

Hicks completed a 3-for-4 night with his second RBI single in the ninth to plate Mastroianni. Hicks now has 91 total RBI between stints with Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. Mastroianni finished 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored.

Mitchell (4-10) lasted six innings and allowed four runs on nine hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.

The Miracle (67-40, 22-18) match up with the Yankees (37-60, 19-20) at 1 p.m. Sunday.



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