Altoona Gets Paid Back; Alderson’s Unhappy Bradenton Return; Rojas’ Debut

Tampa Yankees� 9,� Bradenton Marauders� 2 (box)

There was a high-scoring inning in this game too, but it belonged to the Yankees.� Tim Alderson’s A+ return was not a happy one, as he did not make it out of the 2nd inning.� He threw 52 pitches total, but 32 of them in the second inning before being relieved, and was responsible for 7 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.� It was the shortest start for a Marauders’ starter this season.

Twelve Yankees came to the plate in the 2nd inning.� A single and an RBI double started the mess, then Alderson got a ground out.� A walk and a single brought in the second run.� Then came a 2-RBI double, a walk, and a runner caught stealing for the second out.� A single and a double drove in another run, and that was the end of Alderson’s afternoon.� Matt McSwain came on in relief, but gave up two more singles, for two more runs (charged to Alderson), then ended the inning with a ground out.

The Marauders got 2 of the runs back in the top of the 3rd.� SS Adenson Chourio walked, RF Robbie Grossman singled, and rehabbing 2B Brian Friday singled to drive in Chourio.� LF Quincy Latimore also singled, bringing in Grossman. That accounted for half of the Marauders’ runs in the game, and those were the only runs they would score.� DH Jordan Newton led off the 4th with a single but was forced out at second base.� The Marauders went down in order for the next three innings, then Chourio walked and CF Austin McClune singled in the 8th.� Two strikeouts and a fly out left both of them stranded.� C James Skelton also singled in the 9th, but was also left stranded.

McSwain pitched 3 scoreless innings after the booming 2nd, allowing just one double.� Then in the 6th, he gave up two more runs, on a double, a single, and a triple.� Mike Colla and Noah Krol each pitched a scoreless inning to finish the game for Bradenton, with each allowing one hit.

West Virginia Power� 9,� Delmarva� Shorebirds� 8 (box)

The Power continued the big-inning trend with a 6-run 4th inning, but still had to come back to score again in extra innings to get the win.

Starter Phillip Irwin pitched 7 innings, matching his longest starts of the season, and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk, while striking out 9 batters.� He gave up a run in the 1st inning on a triple and a sacrifice fly, then kept the Shorebirds scoreless over the next 5 innings.� In the 7th, he gave up another run on a 2-out double and a single.

The Power gave Irwin a six-pack of run support when they sent 10 batters to the plate in the 4th.� 2B Jarek Cunningham was hit by a pitch to begin the excitement.� Singles by DH David Rubinstein and 1B Aaron Baker scored Cunningham.� C Ramon Cabrera sacrifice bunted Rubinstein and Baker to third and second bases, and they both scored on LF Kyle Morgan’s double.� Walks to 3B Jesus Brito and SS Benji Gonzalez loaded the bases for CF Evan Chambers, who cleared those bases with a triple.� Cunningham flied out to end the inning.� Chambers added a solo homer in the 7th, to give the Power a 7-1 lead.

After the Shorebirds scored in the bottom of the 7th, they scored again in the 8th off reliever Maurice Bankston. Two walks, a ground out, and a single brought in that run.� Marc Baca came on to begin the bottom of the 9th, with the Power leading 7-3.� But disaster occurred.� Baca gave up a single, two walks, and another single, driving in two runs.� OK, Power still ahead 7-5, with one out.� Baca was relieved by Gabriel Alvarado, who had a run score on a wild pitch, then another run came in on a single, to tie the score.� Two more walks loaded the bases with two outs, then Alvarado got a grounder to end the inning.

Extra ininngs…..� The Power got a 2-out single by Jose Hernandez in the 10th, but he was left on base.� Alvarado retired the Shorebirds in order in the top of the 10th.� Then Cunningham blasted a solo home run, his 8th of the season, in the top of the 11th.� Rubinstein followed the home run with a single, but was thrown out trying to steal second.� Baker walked, and Cabrera reached on a fielding error at short.� Morgan’s line drive single into left field scored Baker from second base, and the Power had a 9-7 lead.

Alvarado made it interesting in the bottom of the 11th.� A lead-off single was followed by a grounder to second, for a force out there, but the batter was still safe at first.� Afer a wild pitch put that runner on second base, another single brought him around to score, and the Shorebirds were within one run of the Power.� Mitch Williams relieved Alvarado, and he finished things off with a strikeout and a fly out, to earn his second save and give Alvarado the win (he also was charged with a Blown Save).

Auburn Doubledays� 6,� State College Spikes� 5 (box)

1B Matt Curry went 3-for-4 this evening, but his hits and DH Gerlis Rodriguez’s 2 RBI were not enough for the Spikes to overcome the Doubledays.

The Spikes scored first, when Curry led off the 2nd innign with a single and 3B Chase Lyles walked.� LF Pat Irvine’s single brought in Curry, and Lyle scored when Rodriguez bounced into a double play (no RBI for that one).

Starter Zac Fuesser pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing only two walks in the 2nd and two singles and a walk in the 3rd.� Auburn tied the score with 2 runs in the 4th inning, on two singles and a 2-RBI double.� Trent Stevenson finished the 4th for Fuesser, but he gave up the go-ahead run in the 5th on a single and a double.

The Spikes took the lead again in the 7th.� Curry singled but was forced out at second when Lyles grounded into a force out.� Lyles stole second base and Irvine walked, and both scored on Rodriguez’s 2-RBI double.� The Spikes were up, 4-3.� But the Doubledays came right back to retake the lead in the bottom of the inning.� With Stevenson still on the bump, Auburn collected a walk, a single, a sacrifice bunt with a fielding error by Curry at first, then a sacrifice fly to tie the score.� A grounder force out at second put runners on the corners, and both runners scored on another RBI double.

The Spikes got one of the runs back in the 8th, when the newest Spike to make his debut, Mel Rojas, picked up his first professional hit, a single.� Rojas advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on 2B Walker Gourley’s RBI single.� A line drive double play ended the inning.� Curry picked up his third hit of the game in the top of the 9th, but was left stranded in the Spikes’ last chance to catch up.

Colton Cain pitched a scoreless bottom of the 8th, allowing only a walk.

Author: 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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