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Bradenton Marauders� 7,� Palm Beach Cardinals� 3 (box)

Jeff Locke won his 9th game of the season as the Marauders staged two late-inning rallies to shoo away the Cardinals.� Locke was shaky in the first two innings, giving up 2 runs in the 1st on a double, a walk, and two singles.� Another double and a single, aided by a fielding error by CF Quincy Latimore (not his usual position in the outfield) brought in another run in the 2nd inning.� But Locke settled down after that, and retired 10 batters in order to finish his night’s work.

The Marauders countered with a run in the top of the 2nd on C James Skelton’s solo home run.� They were quiet at the plate for a few innings, then took the lead with 3 runs in the 6th.� With two outs, DH Calvin Anderson singled, and he scored on 3B Adam Davis’ double.� LF Jordan Newton walked, and both Davis and Newton scored on Skelton’s double.� Marauders ahead, 4-3.

They added 3 more insurance runs in the 9th.� Newton began with a single, 1B Erik Huber walked, and SS Adenson Chourio beat out a bouncer back to the mound to load the bases. � Newton scored on 2B Jose De Los Santos’ ground out.� RF Austin McClune walked, loading the bases again, and Latimore singled, driving in

After the Cardinals scored in the 2nd inning, they did not have another hit for the rest of the game.� Matt McSwain relieved Locke to begin the 6th, and pitched two perfect innings.� Mike Colla pitched a perfect 8th, and Noah Krol did the same in the 9th, including two strikeouts.

West Virginia Power� 6,� Lexington Legends� 5 (box)

Both teams posted a 4-run inning, but the Power rallied for a run in the bottom of the 8th to take the win.� The Power jumped out to the early lead with their 4-run inning in the 1st.� CF Evan Chambers walked, stole second base, and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Legend’s catcher on the stolen base.� 2B Jarek Cunningham brought in Chambers with a single, then Cunningham echoed Chambers by stealing second base and advancing to third on the Legend’s catcher’s second throwing error.� A walk to 1B Aaron Baker and LF Rogelios Noris being hit by a pitch loaded the bases.� C Ramon Cabrera grounded out to short, as Cunningham scored.� 3B Jesus Brito’s sacrifice fly brought in Baker, and RF Jose Hernandez’s RBI single scored Noris.� They added an insurance run in the 3rd, when DH Kyle Morgan was hit by a pitch, and scored from first on SS Benji Gonzalez’s double.� Power ahead, 5-0.

Power starter Jason Erickson faced the minimum over his first 3 innings — he walked a batter, but then got a double play.� He gave up a 2-out solo home run in the 4th, and gave up another single after the homer.� Erickson retired the side in order in the 5th and 6th, then gave up a single and a 2-run homer in the 7th.� After a double and a single brought in another run, Erickson was relieved by Maurice Bankston. Bankston gave up two more singles, bringing in the fourth run of the inning, and tying the score at 4-4.� (Run charged to Erickson, Blown Save for Bankston.)

The Power threatened in the 7th, when Baker singled, Noris walked, and Cabrera’s ground out moved both into scoring position.� Brito bounced to short, but a fielder’s choice throw to the plate was in time to tag Baker out at the plate.� Noris stole second base, and Hernandez walked to load the bases, but a pop out ended the inning.

In the bottom of the 8th, Benji Gonzalez led off with a single, and Chambers’ sacrifice bunt put Gonzalez on second base.� Baker’s line drive into right field brought Gonzalez around from second base to score the go-ahead run.� It was left to reliever Marc Baca to finish things up, by putting the Legends down in order in the 9th — fly out, strikeout, strikeout.� Baca earned his 4th save of the season, and Bankston earned his 4th win.

Brooklyn Cyclones� 9,� State College Spikes� 3 (box)

Zack Dodson was charged with his first loss of the season, as the Cyclones spun out runs in all but two of their 8 times at bat.� Dodson pitched 3 innings, and surrendered a 2-run homer after a double in the 1st inning.� A walk and a single followed the home run, but a double play got Dodson out of the inning.� A fielding error, a wild pitch, two doubles, a hit batter, and a walk brought in two more runs in the 2nd inning.� Another double play ended that inning.� Dodson faced the minimum in the 3rd — he gave up a single, but the runner was out at second base when he tried to stretch it into a double.

Ryan Beckman took over for Dodson to begin the 4th inning, and he gave up another 3 runs in his 3 innings of work.� A double, a single, and a run scored on a double play added one in the 4th, and a 2-run homer gave the Cyclones a total of 7 runs after the 6th.� Brooks Pounders gave up a lead-off� home run in both the 8th and the 9th innings.

The Spikes’ batters just couldn’t keep up.� They scored 2 runs in the 1st, on back-to-back singles by SS Gift Ngoepe and 2B Walker Gourley, followed by a double by 1B Matt Curry. Ngoepe reached third base in the 3rd inning, on a bunt single, a sacrifice bunt by Gourley, and a ground out, but he was left stranded there.� They added a run in the 5th, when CF Kyle Saukko singled, moved to second on Ngoepe’s sacrifice bunt, to third on Gourley’s single, and scored on LF Adalberto Santos’ ground out.� That was all the Spikes could manage, though.� They had a runner on with a 2-out walk in each of the last two innings (RF Cole White in the 8th, and Ngoepe in the 9th), but they too were left stranded.

GCL Pirates� 5,� GCL Tigers� 4 (box)

The Pirates came from behind to tie the score, then won the game in the top of the 10th inning this afternoon.� The game didn’t start out well for the Pirates or their starter Emmanuel De Leon, who was making his Gulf Coast League debut.� De Leon walked the first batter he faced, then loaded the bases with two singles.� He forced in a run with another walk, then gave up a 2-RBI single.� He struck out the next batter, and was relieved by Yeyber Sanchez. Sanchez finished the 1st inning, but two errors, two walks, and a sacrifice fly gave the Tigers another run in the 2nd inning.

Jarryd Sullivan pitched three scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits.� Joan Montero took care of the 6th and 7th innings, also scoreless, with one hit batter.� Yerfi Taveras pitched the last 3 innings, again scoreless, with two hits and a walk.

The Pirates were hitless until the 5th inning, though they did have CF Junior Sosa reach base on catcher’s interference int he 3rd inning, and once on base, Sosa stole second base (his 8th steal of the season).� SS Kevin Mort singled in the 5th but was left on base, and rehabbing DH Brian Friday singled in the 6th, but was erased with a double play.

The Pireates got onto the scoreboard in the 7th inning.� With one out, 3B Eric Avila singled, and moved to second on a balk.� The next two batters struck out, but Diaz’s strike three got away from the Tigers’ catcher.� The throw down to first base went wild, allowing Avila to round third and score before the Tigers could get the ball back to the plate.

In the 8th inning, the Tigers’ pitcher had the same type of problem that De Leon had in the 1st.� The first three Pirates’ batters reached base — singles by 1B Dan Cornelisson and Sosa, and an RBI double by Friday.� A new Tiger’s pitcher took the mound, and he gave up another double to 2B Jorge Bishop, scoring both Sosa and Friday, and tying the score at 4-4.

Taveras worked around two base runners to keep the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the 8th, and retired the side in order in the bottom of the 9th.� Sosa singled for the Pirates in the top of the 9th, but was caught stealing, and the game went into extra innings.� Brian Friday was the hero in the top of the 10th, when he led off the inning with his third hit of the game, a solo home run over the left field wall.� The next three Pirates went down in order, but Taveras kept the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the frame for the Pirates’ win.

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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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