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Delmarva Shorebirds� 8,� West Virginia Power� 1 (box)

The Power started off hot, but quickly went cold in this loss.� 2B Jarek Cunningham doubled in the top of the 1st, and scored on LF Rogelios Noris’ RBI single.� Noris stole second base, too.� But then the Power went down in order in the next two innings.� Noris singled again and stole second again (his 4th of the season) in the 4th, but was left stranded there.� After that single, the next 10 Power batters went down in order.� C Ramon Cabrera and 1B Kyle Morgan both singled in the 7th, but did not come around to score, and the last 7 Power batters also were retired in order.

Brandon Holden pitched 5 innings, and allowed 7 runs on 9 hits and a walk, including 3 home runs.� A lead-off solo homer tied the score in the bottom of the 1st, and another lead-off homer gave the Shorebirds a 2-1 lead in the 2nd.� A double, a throwing error, a wild pitch, and two singles added two more runs in the 3rd.� A single, a triple, and a 3-run home run in the 5th gave the Shorebirds a 7-1 lead.

Ryan Kelly took over to begin the 6th, and pitched a 1-2-3 inning, including 2 strikeouts, in that inning.� In the 7th, he gave up the Shorebirds final run with a single, a hit batter, and another single.� Brett Lorin pitched the 8th, allowing 2 hits, but also struck out 2 batters.

Bradenton Marauders� 1,� Clearwater Threshers� 0 (box)

The Marauders were out-hit 5-3, but the Marauders needed only one hit to score the only run of the game in the 3rd inning.� With one out, CF Robbie Grossman walked and stole second base.� LF Quincy Latimore singled, moving Grossman to third base, and Latimore also stole second base.� 1B Calvin Anderson picked up the RBI with a grounder to third, allowing Grossman to score.

That was all it took.� Grossman and 3B Adam Davis had the other two hits, both singles.� Grossman’s was in the 1st, and he was left stranded.� Davis’s single came in the 6th, and he was left on base also.� Grossman was hit by a pitch in the 5th.� C James Skelton and RF Austin McClune both walked with two outs in the 2nd, but a strikeout ended the inning.� McClune also walked in the 4th, but was caught stealing.

Brian Leach earned his 4th win of the season with 5 shutout innings, scattering all 5 of the Threshers’ hits, but no walks.� He struck out 6 batters, including the side in the 3rd.� Duke Welker allowed just a walk in his scoreless 6th, and that runner was caught stealing.� Casey Erickson pitched 2 perfect innings, and Noah Krol earned his league-leading 22nd save with three ground outs in the 9th.

GCL Pirates� 12,� GCL Yankees� 5 (box)

The Pirates racked up 12 runs on 15 hits ths afternoon and took advantage of 3 Yankees’ errors.� SS Jorge Bishop led the charge with two doubles and a triple, and 5 RBI.� RF Junior Sosa also had 3 hits, with 3 RBI, and 2B Brian Friday (on a rehab assignment), DH Luis Solano, and 1B Dylan Child all recorded 2 hits.

The Pirates began the game with a walk to Brian Friday and an RBI double by Jorge Bishop.� The Yankees responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the 1st, then three more runs in the 2nd.� Pirates’ starter Bryce Weidman hit the first two batters of the inning, then gave up a 2-RBI single and an RBI double.

The Pirates came right back with 3 runs in the top of the 3rd to tie the game again.� Sosa singled and stole second base, then Bishop walked and CF Exicardo Cayonez was hit by a pitch to load the bases.� 3B Eric Avila’s double brought in both Sosa and Bishop, and a passed ball allowed Cayonez to score.� The Pirates took the lead in the top of the 4th.� Friday led off with a single, moved to second on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch.� He scored easily on Sosa’s single.� Sosa stole second base, and scored on Bishop’s triple.� Bishop came in on a sacrifice fly by Cayonez, and the Pirates had a 7-4 lead.

Shen-Cin Hong took over for Weidman to begin the 3rd inning.� He worked around a lead-off single in the 3rd, then allowed a run to score in the 4th on a single, a stolen base, a ground out, and a wild pitch.� That was the last run the Yankees would allow.� Hong gave up a single and a double in the 5th, but got out of the jam.� Jarryd Sullivan pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing only two singles, then Rinku Singh pitched the final inning.� Singh loaded the bases with a single and two walks, but a grounder force out got him out of that jam.

The Pirates continued scoring later in the game.� C Joey Schoenfeld walked to begin the 7th, then went to second base on a passed ball.� Child singled, putting runners on the corners.� LF Ping-Hung Chi grounded into a force out (Child out at second), but the Yankees did not get a double play, and Schoenfeld scored.� Chi stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error on the stolen base.� Sosa’s single plated Chi, giving the Pirates a 9-4 lead.� Chi and 2B Kevin Mort both walked to begin the 9th, and another throwing error put Sosa on board to load the bases.� Bishop cleared the bases with a double into center field, and the Pirates had 12 runs.

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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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