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Brevard County Manatees �5, �Bradenton Marauders �4 (box)

The Marauders too could not hold on to their lead in the late innings. �The Manatees got onto the scoreboard first, with a run in the 2nd inning on a solo homer, and another run in the 6th on a single, two stolen bases, and an RBI ground out. �Starter Jeff Locke pitched 6 strong innings and allowed only those two runs, on those two hits plus one more — a single in the 3rd. �He did not walk any batters, while striking out 8.

Bradenton batters went down in order for the first two innings, but threatened in the 3rd. �Singles by 1B Erik Huber and SS Greg Picart, plus a walk by C Eric Fryer loaded the bases with one out, but a strikeout and a fly out ended the inning with all three runners still on base. �The loaded the bases again in the 4th, this time with two outs, on a walk by DH Calvin Anderson and singles by CF Austin McClune and Huber. �Once again the inning ended with all three left stranded.

The Marauders finally got onto the scoreboard int he 7th. �With one out, Greg Picart singled, and then he advanced to second base on an error on a pick-off throw. �Eric Fryer walked, and RF Robbie Grossman drove in Picart with a double into center field. �Eric Fryer went to third, but he injured his ankle on the play, and had to leave the game. �He was replaced by pinch-runner Adenson Chourio. �After a walk to 3B Jeremy Farrell, 2B James Skelton singled, scoring both Chourio and Grossman. �Another single by Calvin Anderson brought in Farrell, to give the Marauders a 4-2 lead.

It wasn’t enough, though. �Ramon Aguero came on to pitch the 7th and 8th innings, and he threw 2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits. �Noah Krol took the mound for the 9th. �He got a ground out, then walked a batter. �Then he got a strikeout, and gave up a single. �Then a 3-run walk-off home run ended the game, with Krol charged with both the Blown Save and the loss.

No further word at this point on Fryer’s injury. �It does put the Marauders in a tough spot, as their two main catchers are now both out with injuries — Tony Sanchez sat out again today, after he was hit in the head with a pitch last week. �James Skelton stepped up to catch after Fryer had to leave the game.

West Virginia Power �5, �Asheville Tourists �1 (box)

The Power and the Tourists had to make up a game from April 19th. �Double headers are supposed to be two 7-inning games, but that presumes that there is a winner after 7 innings. �In Game 1, that was not the case, as the pitchers decided to duel.

The Power got a single from RF David Rubinstein in the 1st inning, then had two 1-2-3 innings. �2B Jarek Cunningham was hit by a pitch in the 4th, and moved to second base on a balk. �DH Jose Hernandez walked in the 5th. �None of those runners came around to score. �Finally in the 6th inning, the Power put the first run onto the scoreboard, with a walk by CF Evan Chambers, a fly ball force out at second to put Cunningham on first, and a double by Rubinstein, scoring Cunningham.

Phillip Irwin pitched 5 scoreless innings, scattering 5 hits, no walks. �He retired 9 batters in order from the 1st to the 4th innings. �Jhonatan Ramos came on for the 6th inning, and loaded the bases with a double, a walk, and a hit batter, but got out of the jam with a line out to center field. �Zach Foster was charged with a Blown Save when he gave up a tying run in the bottom of the 7th, on a walk and a double. �That sent the game into “extra innings”, beyond the scheduled 7 innings.

Both teams put runners on base without scoring in each of their at-bats over the next two innings. �Cunningham doubled in the 8th; �3B Elevys Gonzalez singled and Hernandez walked in the 9th. �Ramos gave up a walk in the 8th, and Marc Baca also gave up a walk in the 9th.

The top of the 10th began with a walk to Chambers. �Cunningham dropped down a sacrifice bunt, moving Chambers to second, but Cunningham beat the throw and was also safe at first. �A double play erased Cunningham, but moved Chambers to third. �LF Rogelios Noris drove in Chambers with a line drive single, and C Ramon Cabrera added another single. �That set up Jesus Brito, who had taken over for Gonzalez as a pinch runner in the 9th. �Brito took a long fly over the right field wall for a 3-run homer, and the Power had a 5-1 lead. �Baca earned the win when he retired the Tourists in the bottom of the inning.

Tourists �8, �Power �2 (box)

The second game went 7 innings like it was supposed to, with all the scoring happening early. �The Power began the game with a double by CF Evan Chambers. �2B Jarek Cunningham was hit by a pitch, and RF David Rubinstein loaded the bases with a single. �LF Jose Hernandez drove in both Chambers and Cunningham with a single into left field, and the Power had the early 2-0 lead.

The Tourists tied the game right away, with a 2-run homer following a double in the bottom of the frame off starter Maurice Bankston. They repeated the trick in the 2nd inning, with another double and another 2-run homer. �Then things really fell apart for Bankston in the 3rd. �A single, a stolen base, and a wild pitch put the first batter of the inning on third base. �At that point, Power pitching coach Jeff Johnson was ejected from the game by the home plate umpire. �The Tourists continued with an RBI double, a single, and their third homer of the game, �this one for 3 runs. �Another single and double followed, but Evan Chambers threw out a runner at the plate to end the inning.

Ryan Kelly gave up that last double in the 3rd inning, then pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 more hits. �Duke Welker pitched the 7th inning, also giving up a hit.

After the 1st inning, the Power put a runner on base in each inning, though could not come around to score. �Four batters reached on walks. �C Pat Irvine singled in the 4th, SS Benji Gonzalez singled in the 6th, and Cunningham doubled to lead off the 7th.

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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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