Alderson Gets The Win And A Homer; Welker Promoted

Bradenton Marauders �5, �Charlotte Stone Crabs �2 (box)

The Marauders scored single runs in each of three consecutive innings to break a 2-2 tie and take the win from the Stone Crabs. �1B Calvin Anderson provided the Marauders with 3 of the 5 RBI in the game, and he was the one who got them onto the scoreboard in the top of the 1st. �2B Jose De Los Santos opened the game with a walk, and CF Robbie Grossman singled. �C Eric Fryer was hit by a pitch (no word on where, or how severe an injury) and had to leave the game, replaced by Andrew Walker. That loaded the bases, and moments later, Anderson knocked a single into right field, driving in De Los Santos and Grossman for a 2-0 lead.

Starter Melkin Laureano retired the Stone Crabs in order for the first two innings, and worked around a lead-off single in the 3rd. �He gave up one run in the 4th when he loaded the bases with two singles and a walk, then gave up a sacrifice fly. �The Stone Crabs added the tying run in the 5th on a double and a single.

The Marauders’ bats were quiet for three innings, until they put two runners into scoring position in the 5th, on lead-off singles by SS Greg Picart and De Los Santos. �Picart went to third on De Los Santos’ hit, and De Los Santos stole second base. �Both were left on base, though, when two pop outs ended the inning.

Bradenton did score in the 6th, to take the lead again. �Anderson was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. �He was forced out at second base on a grounder by RF Austin McClune, who was safe at first base. �3B Adam Davis moved McClune to third base with a single, and he scored on DH James Skelton’s RBI ground out. �They added another run in the 7th, when they loaded the bases on Grossman’s walk, Walker’s single, and LF Quincy Latimore being hit by a pitch. �Anderson drove in Grossman with a sacrifice fly. �An unearned run gave the Marauders a little more insurance in the 8th. �Skelton singled, and advanced to second on a missed catch error. �He scored on De Los Santos’ double.

Laureano earned his second win, going 5 innings and allowing those 2 runs on 5 hits and one walk, with 4 strikeouts. �He was relieved by Casey Erickson, who pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing one single. �Tyler Cox pitched the 8th inning, and hit a batter — who proceeded to steal both second and third bases, but was left standing on third base. �Noah Krol earned his Florida State League- leading 18th save with a scoreless 9th inning.

UPDATE: Eric Fryer�was hit in the face by a pitch. �He has broken facial bones and will require surgery. �That will keep him out of action for at least several weeks.

West Virginia Power �8, �Delmarva Shorebirds �3 (box)

Home runs by 1B Aaron Baker and LF Jose Hernandez sparked the Power, who posted 11 hits in the game. �Both home runs came in the 2nd inning — the solo blast by Baker to lead off the inning, followed by a double by C Ramon Cabrera, and the 2-run shot by Hernandez to give the Power a 3-0 lead. �They added 2 more runs in the 4th, when Hernandez and 3B Jose Brito started the inning with back-to-back singles. �A wild pitch scored Hernandez from third base, and a sacrifice fly by CF Evan Chambers brought in Brito to make it 5-0.

Nate Baker made the start for the Power, and he retired the first 14 batters he faced, including striking out the side in the 3rd inning. �A 2-out double in the 5th was the first hit by the Shorebirds. �In fact, all four of the hits Baker surrendered in his 6 innings were doubles. �With 2 outs in the 6th, Baker gave up three doubles in a row, to bring in 2 runs. �Baker did not walk any batters in his 6 innings, and he struck out 7. �Maurice Bankston pitched 2 innings in relief, and gave up one run in the 7th on a double and a single, which tied the score at 3-3.

The tie did not last long. �With one out in the bottom of the frame, Chambers and 2B Jarek Cunningham both walked (Chambers also stole second base), and a ground out by RF David Rubinstein moved both into scoring position. �Aaron Baker hit towards first base, and a fielding error allowed both Chambers and Cunningham to score, giving the Power a 5-2 lead. �They added an (earned) insurance run in the 8th, on Brito’s double and SS Benji Gonzalez’s RBI single.

Bankston and�Marc Baca each retired the side in order in the 8th and 9th to end the game.

State College Spikes �8, �Williamsport Crosscutters �3 (box)

Five runs in the 2nd inning gave the Spikes the edge, as 1B Gerlis Rodriguez went 3-for-3 and C Miguel Mendez had 2 hits. �The Spikes began their night with 2 runs in the 1st inning. �2B Walker Gourley walked and went to third on LF Adalberto Santos’ line drive single. �Santos stole second base and when the Crosscutters’ catcher threw wildly to second base for an error, Gourley scored from third. �A single by DH Chase Lyles brought in Santos, to give the Spikes a 2-0 lead.

The Crosscutters tied the score in the top of the 2nd, on a hit batter, a walk, a bunt, then a sacrifice fly and an RBI single. �Then the Spikes broke it open when they sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning. �RF Justin Bencsko began with a walk and stole second base. �Mendez singled and SS Gift Ngoepe walked to load the bases. �Gourley cleared the bases with a double into left field, and the score was 5-2. �Gourley advanced to third base on a balk, and walks to Santos and Lyles loaded the bases again. �Rodriguez walked next, forcing in another run, and 3B Kelson Brown’s ground out plated the 5th run of the inning: �Spikes ahead, 7-2.

Two more walks began another rally in the 6th. �Ngoepe and Gourley worked back-to-back free passes to open the inning. �Santos’ grounder forced out Gourley at second, leaving runners on the corners. �Lyles grounded to short, and a fielder’s choice play had Ngoepe out at the plate. �Rodriguez’s single to third brought in Santos moments later.

Kevin Decker started for the Spikes and allowed those 2 runs in the 2nd inning. �He worked around a single in each of his other 5 innings, but did not allow another run to score. �Jhonatan Ramos gave up just one run in 3 innings of relief, and erased that base runner with a double play. �Jason Townsend made his pro debut in the 9th inning for the Spikes, and allowed the Crosscutters one more run, on a double, a single, and a sacrifice fly, then retired the next two batters to end the game.

GCL Blue Jays �5, �GCL Pirates �2 (box)

The Blue Jays scored early and the Pirates could not catch up in this afternoon’s game. �Pirates’ starter Vincent Payne pitched a scorelesss 1st inning, then gave up a walk, an RBI double, and a 2-run homer in the 3rd. �Yerfi Taveras took the next 4 innings for the Pirates, allowing one run on 4 hits. �The run came in the 3rd inning on two doubles.

The Pirates answered with 2 runs in the 5th inning. �LF Exicardo Cayonez singled through the hole into left field, C Dylan Child singled into center, and RF Daan Cornelissen walked to load the bases with one out. �SS Kevin Mort singled into right field, scoring both Cayonez and Child. �The Pirates had only two more base runners in the rest of the game — 3B Eric Avila singled in the 6th, and Cayonez singled again in the 9th.

Joan Montero pitched the final two innings for the Pirates. �He gave up a single and a walk in the 8th, and a fielding error by Child allowed the runner to score the unearned run for the Blue Jays. �Montero’s own throwing error and a balk put a runner on second base in the 8th, but he settled down and got the next three batters out.

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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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