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Bradenton Marauders� 8,� Clearwater Threshers� 7 (box)

A walk-off wild pitch gave the Marauders the win in the bottom of the 9th inning.� 2B Brian Friday has been moved up in his rehabbing assignment and is now with the Marauders (not much of a geographical move, of course).� After the Threshers scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning on two singles and a double, Friday began a rally in the bottom of the inning that tied the score.� Friday singled and CF Robbie Grossman walked, though Grossman was out at second when LF Quincy Latimore grounded into a force out, though Latimore was safe at first, avoiding the double play.� 1B Calvin Anderson grounded to short, and the Threshers tried again for the double play, but their second baseman had trouble both catching and throwing the ball, allowing Friday to score and Latimore and Anderson to end up on third and second respectively.� Another ground out by 3B Adam Davis brought in Latimore, and the score was tied.

Clearwater took the lead again in the top of the 3rd.� Starter Nate Adcock gave up two singles, two doubles, and a walk, and a fielding error by Latimore –� 3 more runs for the Threshers.� The Marauders again responded in the bottom of the frame.� Grossman singled, Latimore was hit by a pitch, and Anderson walked, loading the bases with no outs.� A balk scored Grossman and moved the other two up one base.� DH Erik Huber grounded out, bringing in Latimore, and the Marauders were within one run, 5 – 4.

The Marauders took the lead in the 4th.� With two outs, Friday singled and Grossman doubled, driving in Friday.� A passed ball put Grossman on third base, and he scored on a fielding error, to give the Marauders a 6-5 lead.

Nate Adcock pitched 4 innings and gave up those 5 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks.� He was relieved by Matt McSwain, who worked around a single in both the 5th and the 6th innings.� He gave up the tying run in the 7th inning, on a single, a walk, and a sacrifice fly, to make it 6-6.

The Marauders were quiet over the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings, with only one base runner , when Huber doubled in the 5th.� Clearwater took the lead again in the 8th.� Mike Colla was on the mound for Bradenton, and he gave up two doubles with a walk in between, to score one run and take a 7-6 lead.

C James Skelton walked in the 8th, but could not come around to score.� Noah Krol pitched the top of the 9th for the Marauders, and gave up singles to the first two batters he faced, then got out of the jam with a fly out and a double play.

That brought the Marauders to the bottom of the 9th.� Brian Friday led off and struck out, but the Clearwater catcher missed on strike three for a passed ball, and by the time he got to the ball, Friday was safe at first.� Grossman walked, and Latimore’s sacrifice bunt moved Friday to third and Grossman to second base.� Anderson’s sacrifice fly scored Friday, and the Marauders had tied the game again.� Grossman tagged up and went to third base on the sac fly, and when the Clearwater pitcher made a wild pitch, Grossman scrambled home with the winning run.� Krol earned the win, his 5th, as he was the pitcher of record when the runs scored.� Friday and Grossman each had 2 hits and each scored 3 runs.

Delmarva Shorebirds� 3,� West Virginia Power� 0 (box)

The Power were held to just 3 hits as they were shut out by the Shorebirds.� LF Rogelios Noris had the first of those hits, a single to lead off the second inning, but he was left on base.� 2B Jarek Cunningham doubled to lead off the second inning, and was caught stealing third base.� SS Benji Gonzalez also led off an inning, the 6th, with a hit, but he was thrown out at second base as he tried to stretch it into a double.� 3B Jose Brito walked in the 5th, and 1B Aaron Baker reached on an error in the 7th, but they were both left stranded.� The last 9 Power batters in the game were retired in order.

Kyle McPherson pitched 6 innings for the Power, and had an excellent start, allowing only 3 hits — one was a home run — and struck out 9 batters.� That one run was enough to give him the tough luck loss, though.� Gabriel Alvarado began the 7th inning on the mound, but he faced six batters and retired only one, giving up a single, a double, a walk, another single, and another walk, to give the Shorebirds 2 more runs.� Eliecer Navarro came on to finish the 7th, with a strikeout and a groundout, then pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

Pitcher Nate Baker was promoted to Bradenton today.� He had earned a 6-5 record with the Power, and a 2.99 ERA in 16 starts.� In 87.1 innings, Baker had allowed 68 hits and 29 earned runs, with only 20 walks and 63 strikeouts.� Batters had been hitting .210 against him.

Connecticut Tigers� 5, � State College Spikes� 0 (box)

The Spikes were also shut out and also held to just 3 hits, plus 3 walks.� 2B Walker Gourley, 1B Matt Curry, and pinch-hitter/C Miguel Mendez had the hits, all singles.� CF Adalberto Santos walked once and LF Pat Irvine walked twice in the game.� The Spikes had two runners on base in the 6th inning, when Mendez singled and moved to third on a ground out and a fly out, then Santos walked.� That was the only time a Spikes runner got as far as third base.� They also had two runners on base in the 9th, when Curry singled and Irvine walked, but again both were left on base.

Zack Dodson made the start for the Spikes and pitched 4 innings.� He struck out 5 batters but gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.� Dodson allowed only one walk over the first two innings he pitched.� The runs came in the 3rd inning, after two outs had already been recorded.� A double and a single brought in one run.� Two walks loaded the bases, and another single drove in two more runs.

Ryan Beckman pitched the next two innings, allowing one run in the 5th on two singles and a double.� He gave up a 2-out triple in the 6th but ended the inning with a strikeout.� Brooks Pounders came on to pitch the 7th and 8th.� He gave up a single and a walk to begin the 7th, then struck out the next 3 batters to get out of the jam.� In the 8th, a single, two stolen bases, and a sacrifice fly gave Connecticut their final run.

GCL Pirates� 8,� GCL Yankees� 5 (box)

The Pirates came from behind, aided by a 5-fun 7th inning to snatch the win from the Yankees this afternoon.�� With Yerfi Taveras on the mound for the Pirates,� the Yankees scored one unearned run in the 1st inning on a lead-off single, a stolen base and an interference error by 2B Jorge Bishop, and a sacrifice fly.� Taveras retired the side in order in the 2nd and 3rd innings, then gave up 2 more runs (earned) on a single, a double, and a 2-RBI single.� He loaded the bases with a hit batter and a walk, but then ended the inning with a strikeout.

The Pirates had only one hit and one walk over the first four innings, but they came back to tie the score in the bottom of the 5th.� 3B Kevin Mort walked, and DH Luis Solano singled.� They pulled off a double steal, then 1B Dylan Child singled, scoring Mort.� A wild pitch allowed Solano to cross the plate and put Child on second base, LF Daan Cornelissen also singled, moving Child over to third base.� SS Eric Avila’s sacrifice fly brought in Child, and the score was tied at 3-3.

Righty reliever Bryton Trepagnier made his pro debut out of the Pirates’ bullpen, pitching the 5th inning.� He gave up one single, but got two strikeouts in his scoreless inning.� Yomar Pacheco relieved Trepagnier to begin the 6th, and he gave up 2 more runs to the Yankees.� With two outs, the Yankees smacked 3 consecutive singles, complicated by a missed catch error by Gregory Polanco in right field, scoring 2 runs.

Then the Pirates started booming in the 7th.� Mort singled and advanced to second base on a throwing error.� Solano was hit by a pitch, and two wild pitches moved Solano to second base and brought Mort in to score.� Child dropped down a sacrifice bunt, pushing Solano to third, but a fielding error and a throwing error left Child safe at second base.� Cornelissen walked to load the bases, and Eric Avila came through with a grand slam, to give the Pirates 5 runs in the inning and an 8-5 lead.� Pacheco retired the Yankees in order in the next two innings, to preserve the win, his first of the season.

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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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