Curve Fall Apart in 9th; Grossman and Huber With 4 Hits Each

Bradenton Marauders 14, �Fort Myers Miracle 4 (box)

The Marauders scored 3 runs in each of 3 consecutive innings, then tacked on 5 more runs in the 7th for good measure, as they recorded 21 hits. �The Miracle had 12 hits, for a game total of 33. �Each member of the Marauder’s line up had at least one hit, including pinch-hitter James Skelton, who only had one plate appearance. �RF Robbie Grossman missed being the second Pirates’ farmhand in 2 days to hit for the cycle by the home run; DH Erik Huber hit four singles.

The Miracle got onto the scoreboard first with 2 runs in the 2nd inning. �A double a walk, and a single off starter Jeff Locke brought in the first run. �A double steal of second and home gave the Miracle their second run. �Locke allowed only one hit over the next three innings, and he struck out 7 in his 5 innings of work.

The Marauders answered with 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd. �SS Greg Picart led off with a triple, and after a walk to 2B Adenson Chourio, 3B Jose De Los Santos’ ground out allowed Picart to score. �Grossman doubled, scoring Chourio from second, and C Eric Fryer singled, scoring Grossman with the go-ahead run. �The Marauders were up 3-2 and they never looked back.

CF Austin McClune led off the 4th with a double. �Huber singled, and a throwing error on Picart’s grounder brought in McClune. �Grossman added two more runs with a triple that brought in Huber and Picart. �It was 1B Calvin Anderson who started things off in the 5th with a double. �After a walk to McClune, Huber plated Anderson with a single. �Picart again reached on an error, loading the bases. �Chourio brought in one run with an RBI single, and De Los Santos brought in the third run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

And as if a 9-2 lead weren’t enough, the Marauders piled on 5 more in the 7th, as they sent 10 batters to the plate. �McClune began the inning by reaching on a fielding error. �Huber, Picart, and De Los Santos all singled, bringing in 2 runs. �The Miracle changed pitchers, but Grossman, LF Quincy Latimore, and Anderson all singled, for three more runs.

Matt McSwain relieved Jeff Locke to begin the 6th. �McSwain gave up a total of 4 hits over the next 3 innings, including a triple and an RBI ground out to give Ft. Myers a run in the 8th. �McSwain began the 9th by giving up a solo home run, then a single and a double. �Tyler Cox came in for McSwain, and after loading the bases with a walk, Cox ended the game with a double play.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, �West Virginia Power �4 (box)

A late-inning rally fell short for the Power, as Greensboro took the 5-game series 4 games to one. �The Power scored first, with one run in the 2nd inning on back-to-back walks to C Ramon Cabrera and DH Jose Hernandez, then a single by 3B Elevys Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly by SS Benji Gonzalez. �It was all Greensboro for the next 6 innings. �Power starter Brandon Holden gave up a solo home run to tie the game, then allowed a single, and RBI double, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI grounder for 2 more run in the 2nd inning. �Holden kept the Grasshoppers from scoring despite men on base over the next three innings, but the 6th also began with a solo home run. �A single, a stolen base, and two ground outs gave the Grasshoppers a 5-1 lead after the 7th inning.

The Power rallied in the 8th. �Elevys Gonzalez led off with a double, and Benji Gonzalez singled. �CF Evan Chambers‘ grounder scored Elevys. �2B Jarek Cunningham walked. �After a pitching change, RF�David Rubinstein doubled, plating Chambers, and 1B Aaron Baker’s sacrifice fly brought in Cunningham. �But the inning ended with a strikeout, and the Power still one run short. �Maurice Bankston struck out the Grasshoppers in order in the 8th. �The Power put two runners on, with singles by Cabrera and Hernandez in the top of the 9th, but a strikeout and a double play ended the threat and the game.

Jamestown Jammers �8, �State College Spikes �3 (box)

A 4-run 4th inning put the Jammers over the top, as the Spikes scored early, but not late. �The two teams traded runs in the 1st inning. �RF Justin Bencsko and LF Adalberto Santos both walked for the Spikes, and a missed catch error on 3B Kelson Brown’s ball allowed Bencsko to score. �A walk and a double by the Jammers tied it up in the bottom of the inning. �The Spikes added two more in the 3rd, on a double by SS Walker Gourley, a single by DH Chase Lyles, and another double by C Matt Skirving. That was all for the Spikes, though. �They put runners on base in most of the remaining innings, but could not bring anyone around to score.

Zack Von Rosenberg made the start for the Spikes. �He gave up the run in the 1st, then his missed catch error started the Jammers’ rally in the 4th. �A single, back-to-back triples, and another single drove in four runs. �Trent Stevenson relieved Von Rosenberg to begin the 5th. � He gave up a run in that inning on two singles and a wild pitch, then two more runs in the 6th on three singles and a sacrifice fly. �Jarryd Sullivan pitched the last inning for the Spikes. �The first batter of the inning reached on a fielding error, but a double play erased him, and a ground out completed the frame. �Von Rosenberg suffered the loss, his third of the season.

GCL Pirates �15, �GCL Tigers �13 (box)

These two teams combined for 35 hits and 28 runs in the afternoon slug-fest. �Pirates’ LF Exicardo Cayonez had just one hit, while all the rest of the line up had at least 2 hits. �Each team went 3-up-and-3-down in the 1st inning, and then the fun began. �The Pirates scored 2 in the 2nd on RBI singles by SS Kevin Mort and 1B Daan Cornelissen, and they added another run in the 3rd on back-to-back doubles by C Elias Diaz and CF Gregory Polanco. The Tigers came back with 3 in the bottom of the 3rd to tie it up at 3-3.

The Pirates broke the tie with a run on two singles and a sacrifice fly in the top of the 5th. � The Tigers roared back with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning (Tigers 7, �Pirates 4). �Then the Pirates exploded with 6 runs in hte 7th inning, on a double, three straight singles, a hit batter, and a grand slam by Polanco (Pirates 10, Tigers 7). �The Tigers took the lead again with their second 4-run inning in the 8th, to make it 11-10. �The Pirates tied it again in the top of the 9th, on RF Junior Sosa’s home run.

Mort singled to lead off the top of the 10th inning, and he moved to second and then scored on a passed ball then a throwing error by Tigers’ C Patrick Leyland. �The Pirates increased that one-run lead with a 2-run homer by 2B Jorge Bishop, then Sosa gave the team another insurance run on a walk, a single, and sacrifice fly. �They needed those insurance runs in the bottom of the inning.

Colton Cain made the start and allowed the first 3 runs in on 5 hits, no walks, with 3 strikeouts over 2.2 innings. �Joan Montero pitched 2 innings and allowed 4 unearned runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. �Barrett Phillips was next, with 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in 2.1 innings. �Rinku Singh pitched 2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, no walks, with 3 strikeouts, and he was charged with the Blown Save and also credited with the win, as he was still the pitcher of record in the top of the 10th. �Sheng-Cin Hong pitched the bottom of the 10th, and gave up a lead-off double and a home run (that’s why they needed the insurance runs), but then got the next three batters out to finish the game.

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Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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