The Miracle jumped out to a 10-0 lead against Brevard County, but the Manatees struck for four runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings. Kyle Aselton threw five shutout innings to pick up his sixth win of the season, while seven of the nine Miracle starters posted multi-hit efforts.
Brandon Roberts and David Winfree each drove in three runs on the night, as Winfree blasted his seventh home run of the season. After being injured for most of the season, Winfree is heating up down in Fort Myers, and already has 32 runs batted in on the year. Roberts, who has been incredible since coming over from the Reds farm system, and is now batting .347 as a member of the Miracle.
Jeremy Pickrel and Erold Andrus combined for six hits from their eighth and ninth spots in the batting order, scoring five runs between them. Trevor Plouffe continues to shake his long slump, as he stroked two hits and drove in two.
Incredibly, the Miracle still left 38 batters on base.
Deacon Burns and Brock Peterson also notched two hits a piece, and Burns stole his 19th base of the season. Peterson has been a steady bat all season long for the Miracle, and is hitting at a .291 clip at press time. Burns, who was a multi-hit machine for Beloit in 2005, has struggled for most of the season, but he did hit a respectable .297 last month.
In the Beloit game, Lis was the hero, as he smacked a home run and a triple in the game. The sweet-swinging lefty finished a double away from the cycle, and his six runs batted in were a season-high. Lis has been one of the best bats in the Twins farm system this season, and some are starting to wonder if he is going to join the Miracle soon.
Newly promoted Matt Betsill stroked three hits in five at-bats to lead a group of hitters who all notched at least one hit. His three hits ran his average up to .429 since being promoted from Elizabethton, and he also scored a run. Edward Ovalle joined Lis and Betsill in stroking three hits on the night, and Juan Portes smacked a three-run home run.
Ryan Mullins pitched well in victory for the Snappers, allowing three runs in six innings of work, while striking out seven. Armando Gabino picked up his first Midwest League save of the season, as he three the final three innings for the Snappers.
With all the talk of how good the Twins' pitching prospects are, it is good to see the bats pick up the slack once in a while.