Big First Inning For Curve; Power Win In Extras

GCL Phillies� 2,� GCL Pirates� 1 (box)

The Pirates managed only one run on 7 hits this afternoon in Bradenton.� That run came in the 4th inning, when LF Exicardo Cayonez led off with a single, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and on to third base on a ground out.� 2B Jorge Bishop singled into left field, scoring Cayonez.

Bishop went 3-for-4 in the game, with a double and two singles.� On the rehabbing crew,� DH Starling Marte also had a single and a double, plus a walk;� C Eric Fryer was 0-for-2 with 2 walks; RF/LF Wes Freeman doubled and walked.� The Pirates had a few other missed scoring opportunities.� In the 1st, Marte doubled and went to third base on a wild pitch, and Fryer walked and stole second base, but the Pirates left both in scoring position.� Both Fryer and Freeman were on base in the 5th with walks.� In the 8th, CF Gregory Polanco reached on a fielding error and stole second, then 1B Michaelangel Trinidad walked and stole second too.� All were left on base.

James Archibald made the start for the Pirates and was responsible for both of the Phillies’ runs — both solo homers.� The first homer led off the 2nd inning, and the second came with one out in the 5th.� Archibald scattered 2 more hits and a walk over his 4.2 innings.� He was relieved by Yeyber Sanchez, who finished the 5th inning, then pitched 2 more scoreless innings.� Rinku Singh pitched the 8th inning, and gave up a single and hit a batter, then struck out two batters.� Yomar Pacheco pitched a scoreless 9th, with a single and a walk.

Lakeland Flying Tigers� 7,� Bradenton Marauders� 6 (box)

The Marauders had the early lead this evening, but a 6-run 7th inning clinched it for Lakeland.� Bradenton started the scoring in the 3rd inning with two home runs.� SS Adenson Chourio began the 3rd with a walk, then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Lakeland first baseman.� 2B Shelby Ford blasted a home run, his first with the Marauders, over the left field wall, to give the Marauders a 2-run lead.� Moments later, LF Quincy Latimore singled, and 1B Calvin Anderson smashed the second 2-run homer of the inning, and the Marauders were up 4-0.� They made it 6-0 in the 4th inning, when the first four batters of the inning singled — DH Jordan Newton, CF Austin McClune, Chourio, and Ford.� Chourio and Ford picked up the RBIs.

Starter Nate Baker pitched 5.1 innings for the Marauders.� He scattered 5 hits and a walk over the first 5 innings he worked, while striking out 5 batters.� When Baker came out to begin the 6th inning, he got an out, then walked a batter, and was relieved by Duke Welker. The first batter Welker faced reached on a fielding error by 3B Adam Davis, then a single drove in a run.� Marauders still ahead, 6-1.

But the wheels fell off in the 7th inning.� A fly out, a walk, and a strikeout began the inning, and so far, it wasn’t so bad.� Welker gave up a single, then was relieved by Tyler Cox. Cox loaded the bases with a walk, then surrendered a grand slam, with two of those runs charged to Welker and two to Cox.� The grand slam moved Lakeland to within one run of the Marauders.� After another walk, Cox was relieved by Diego Moreno. A fielding error put another runner on base, and a double drove in both base runners, giving Lakeland a 7-6 lead.� Moreno was charged with both the Blown Save and the Loss.� Matt McSwain pitched a scoreless bottom of the 8th for the Marauders.

Two more chances for the Marauders to score were not successful.� In the top of the 8th, walks to C James Skelton and McClune, and a single by Newton loaded the bases for the Marauders.� A new relief pitcher and two strikeouts left all three runners on base.� In the 9th, Anderson singled, but he too was left on base.

West Virginia Power� 5,� Lakewood Blue Claws� 4 (box)

The Blue Claws gave away a run in the top of the 11th inning, and the Power were happy to take it, and get the extra-inning win.� The 11th began with LF Rogelios Noris being hit by a pitch.� 3B Jesus Brito grounded into a force out, eliminating Noris at second, but leaving Brito at first.� SS Benji Gonzalez sacrifice bunted Brito to second, and a wild pitch let him advance to third base.� When CF Evan Chambers reached base on a fielding error by the Lakewood third baseman, Brito came in to score the go-ahead run.� Reliever Ryan Kelly kept Lakewood from scoring in the bottom of the inning, to give the Power the win.

Brito had also scored the Power’s first run in the 3rd inning.� He reached base on a fielding error, went to second on another sacrifice bunt by Benji Gonzalez, and to third on Chambers’ single.� Brito scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of 2B Jarek Cunningham. Lakewood tied the game with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, on a double and an RBI single.

Cunningham gave the Power 2 more runs in the 5th on a 2-run homer after Chambers’ double.� Lakewood got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning, on two doubles.� Two singles, by DH David Rubinstein and C Ramon Cabrera, and two ground outs, by Noris and Brito, added another run for the Power in the 6th.� Two home runs in the bottom of the 6th tied the game up for Lakewood.

Power starter Melkin Laureano pitched 5.1 innings and allowed the 4 runs with 2 home runs, 8 hits total, no walks, with 3 strikeotus.� He was relieved after the two home runs in the 6th, by Gabriel Alvarado, who finished the 6th, then kept Lakewood scoreless for the next two innings.� Ryan Kelly pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.� He was the pitcher of record when the Power scored in the 15th, so he earned his first win of the season.

Williamsport Crosscutters� 9,� State College Spikes� 5 (box)

Six runs in the 8th inning by the Crosscutters gave them the edge over the Spikes.� Williamsport scored first with a run in the top of the 1st on two singles, with a stolen base thrown in.� The Spikes took the lead in the 3rd, when three straight hits started the inning:� singles by LF Pat Irvine and C Matt Skirving, and a double by DH Cole White. White brought in both Irvine and Skirving, and then he scored on SS Gift Ngoepe’s triple into center field.� The added a run in the 5th, when White singled and stole second, then scored on CF Mel Rojas’ RBI single.

Colton Cain made the start for the Spikes, going 3 inning.� After the first inning, he gave up a lead-off walk in the 2nd, then retired the next 6 batters.� Kevin Decker pitched the next 4 innings and allowed only a double in the 7th.� But he got into trouble when he came back out in the 8th.� After a ground out, he gave up a walk, two singles, and a double, scoring 3 runs.� Trent Stevenson relieved Decker, and he gave up a walk and back-to-back doubles, bringing in another 3 runs (one charged to Decker).� Stevenson was also responsible for 2 unearned runs in the 9th, on a walk, a double, and a fielder’s choice with two separate throwing errors.

The Spikes got one run back in the bottom of the 8th, on a single by 1B Matt Curry, and a double by Pat Irvine. They put two runners on base in the bottom of the 9th, when White singled and Rojas walked, but thre next three batters went down in order to end the game.

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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