Marauders and Spikes Win Shut-Outs

Bradenton Marauders� 5,� Dunedin Blue Jays� 0 (box)

Nate Adcock, Casey Erickson, and Tyler Cox combined for a shut-out and held the Blue Jays to 3 hits.� None of them walked a batter or hit a batter with a pitch.� Adcock gave up a single in the 1st inning, then retired the next 9 batters in order.� A batter reached on an error in the 4th, and another one reached on an error in the 5th.� Adcock gave up another single in the 5th, but that batter was doubled off on a line drive.� Erickson gave up just one hit in his 2 innings of work, and that was to the first batter he faced.� A double play erased that runner too.� Tyler Cox pitched the 9th inning and struck out the side.

The Marauders got going in the 2nd inning.� 1B Calvin Anderson began the inning with a double.� Singles by C James Skelton, RF Austin McClune, and SS Adenson Chourio, plus DH Jordan Newton being hit by a pitch combined to score 2 runs, with RBI by Skelton and Chourio.� Skelton added two more runs in the 6th inning with a 2-run homer after 3B Adam Davis’s single.� Anderson collected an RBI in the 7th with his single, driving in 2B Jose De Los Santos who had doubled.

Anderson, Skelton, and McClune each had 2 hits int he game, and Skelton led the way with 3 RBI.

State College Spikes� 1,� Mahoning Valley Scrappers� 0 (box)

Casey Sadler, Brooks Pounders, and Jhonatan Ramos each pitched 3 scoreless innings in an even more exciting shutout, and these three did not walk a batter or hit a batter either.� The Scrappers out-hit the Spikes 8-4, but the pitching trio made sure the hits didn’t matter.� Sadler gave up a hit and worked around a batter who reached on a throwing error in the 1st.� He got around another single in the 2nd.� Two batters singled in the 3rd, but one was picked off first and the other was left stranded.� Pounders gave up two singles, and erased both of them with double plays.� Ramos also gave up two hits, but did not let them score either.

The Spikes had only 4 hits, and two of those were by 2B Gift Ngoepe. CF Mel Rojas walked and Ngoepe singled in the 1st inning, but neither scored.� LF Pat Irvine singled in the 2nd inning, but was also left on base.� The other two hits, and the Spikes’ only run, came in the 6th.� With one out, Ngoepe hit a ground-rule double over the center field wall, and RF Adalberto Santos followed with a triple, scoring Ngoepe.

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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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