7 Shutout Innings For Locke; Error-o-rama For Bradenton

Bradenton Marauders� 8,� Jupiter Hammerheads� 7 (box)

The Marauders and the Hammerheads were not having a pitching duel like the Curve and the Sea Dogs were.� Instead, they were having an error duel and a hit-fest.� The two teams combined for 8 errors (as many errors and the Curve and the Sea Dogs had hits) and 27 hits.� CF Starling Marte led the way with 3 hits and 2 RBI.� 3B Jeremy Farrell and C Eric Fryer each had 2 hits.� While the Marauders posted 8 runs, they had only 3 RBI, with their other 5 runs being unearned.

The Marauders batted around and scored 5 runs in the wild 3rd inning, aided by four throwing errors by Jupiter.� DH Austin McClune and SS Shelby Ford led off with back-to-back singles.� RF Robbie Grossman reached base on the first throwing error, loading the bases.� Starling Marte’s single scored McClune.� A wild pitch and a throwing error by the catcher allowed Ford and Grossman to score.� LF Quincy Latimore reached on the third throwing error, and the fourth throwing error was also made on the play, allowing both Marte and Latimore to score.� All that happened before an out was recorded.� Jeremy Farrell also singled, then the error gremlins took a break and let the Hammerheads get three outs to end the inning.

Marte doubled in a run after Grossman singled in the 4th inning.� Jupiter’s fifth error of the game aided the Marauders to score two more unearned runs in the 5th.� Latimore reached on a fielding error, then Fryer doubled and 1B Erik Huber singled, plating Latimore.� A wild pitch brought Fryer across the plate, to give the Marauders an 8-0 lead.

All the scoring in the late innings was done by the Hammerheads.� Starter Tim Alderson retired the side in the 1st inning, but had to work his way out of jams in the next four innings to keep Jupiter from scoring.� He loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the 2nd, but got a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.� He worked around two lead-off singles in the 3rd, and worked around a single and a batter reaching on an error in the 4th.� Alderson’s luck ran out in the 5th.� The inning began with a single, a triple, and two more singles, which brought in two runs.� an error and a sacrifice fly added another run, cutting the Bradenton lead to 8-3.

Tyler Cox relieved Alderson, and he surrendered 2 runs in the 6th, on two walks, two ground outs, and an RBI single.� Cox was also responsible for a run in the 7th, coming on two singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.� That further cut the Marauders’ lead to 8-6.� Diego Moreno finished the 7th for Cox, then retired the side in order in the 8th.� Noah Krol earned his 29th save of the season, despite giving up a run in the 9th. Krol struck out the first two batters he faced, then gave up three singles, complicated by a fielding error.� Finally a ground out ended the inning before the Hammerheads could catch up.

Asheville Tourists� 10,� West Virginia� 6 (box)

This hit-fest was too one-sided, as the Tourists just kept pounding away at the Power pitchers.� Quinton Miller lasted only into the 4th inning, allowing 6 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks.� He gave up 3 runs in the 1st on two doubles and two singles, then another run in the 2nd on a single, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly.� Miller loaded the bases in the 3rd, with a double, a single, and a walk, but escaped that jam with a strikeout and a timely double play.� The 4th inning began with two singles and a double, for 2 more runs.� After a walk, Miller was relieved by Marc Baca. Baca retired the first 4 batters he faced, then began the 6th with a walk.� A second walk and two singles added 2 runs to the Tourists’ total.� Gabriel Alvarado took over for Baca to begin the 7th.� He retired the first 6 batters he faced, but began the 9th by hitting two batters.� A single drove in the Tourists’ 9th run, and a sacrifice fly added the 10th.

The Power had runners on base in every inning but the 8th, but could not capitalize on their hits, nor on 9 walks and 2 errors by the Tourists.� C Ramon Cabrera singled three times but scored only once.� 2B Jarek Cunningham tripled and singled, and CF David Rubinstein and RF Jose Hernandez each had 2 RBI.

The first Power runs scored in the 3rd.� Back-to-back walks to Cunningham and Hernandez opened the inning.� A wild pitch moved both into scoring position, and Cunningham came in on LF Rogelios Noris’ sacrifice fly.� Cabrera also walked, and Rubinstein plated both Hernandez and Cabrera with his triple.� At that point, the score was 4-3, and the Power were still in the game.

Asheville scored 2 runs in the top of the 4th, and the Power came back with 2 of their own in the bottom of the frame.� The inning began with the Power loading the bases on walks to both Gonzalezes (SS Benji Gonzalez and DH Elevys Gonzalez), then a single by Cunningham.� Hernandez’s sacrifice fly and an RBI ground out by 1B Aaron Baker brought in the Gonzalezes, and the score was 6-5.� When the Tourists added 2 more runs in the top of the 6th, the Power responded with a run on Elevys Gonzales’ double and Cunningham’s triple in the bottom of the 6th. � The Tourists were ahead 8-6.� Two more insurance runs in the top of the 9th, and the Tourists had the win.

Jamestown Jammers� 5,� State College Spikes� 4 (box)

Two runs in the top of the 9th gave Jamestown a come-from-behind win over the Spikes.� The two teams had traded the lead back and forth already in the game.� The Spikes began the scoring with one run in the 2nd inning.� 3B Chase Lyles was hit by aa pitch, and he scored on singles by 2B Kelson Brown and DH Gerlis Rodriguez. They added a second run in the 3rd, when SS Gift Ngoepe walked, advanced to second base on a passed bal, then scored on RF Adalberto Santos’ RBI single.

A lead-off home run gave Jamestown their first run in the top of the 4th, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Spikes.� Jamestown took the lead in the 6th on a 2-run homer:� 3-2.� The Spikes answered with their own 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th.� Lyles doubled, LF Pat Irvine walked, and Brown doubled, driving in both Lyles and Irvine.� Spikes up, 4-3.

Zach Von Rosenberg pitched 5 innings and allowed one run on 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6 batters.� Casey Sadler pitched the 6th inning and gave up the 2-run homer, as well as a walk and another single.� Justin Ennis pitched two scoreless innings, the 7th and 8th, including striking out the side in the 8th, as the Spikes clung to their slim lead.� But Ennis suffered the loss when he began the 9th inning with a single, a double, and two more singles, for 2 runs.� That gave the Jammers the lead again, 5-4.� Ryan Beckman releied Ennis to finish the inning with a strikeout and a double play.� The Spikes went down in order in the bottom of the 9th, and Jamestown had the win.

GLC Yankees� 7,� GCL Pirates� 6 (box)

A 6-run outburst in the 7th inning gave the Yankees a lead they would not give up, despite a late-inning rally by the Pirates.� CF Junior Sosa gave the Pirates a run in the 1st inning without a hit being recorded, when he walked, stole second base, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on another ground out, with 3B Eric Avila picking up the RBI.� The Pirates could not capitalize on a bases-loaded situation in the 2nd inning — C Elias Diaz reached on a fielding error, 1B Michaelangel Trinidad singled, and 2B Luis Solano walked, but a fly out by Sosa ended the inning.� They did score again in the 3rd, when Trinidad lined a double into right field, plating Avila, who had singled, and Diaz, who had walked.

Starter Joely Rodriguez faced just the minimum over the first three innings.� He gave up a single in the 3rd, but picked that runner off base.� The only other hit Rodriguez allowed was a solo homer to lead off the 4th inning.� He had to work around two base runners in the 5th, when his infield committed two fielding errors to put the runners on.

The Pirates held the 3-1 lead until the top of the 7th.� Yeyber Sanchez retired the side in the 6th, and began the 7th with a strikeout.� A walk and a throwing error by Sanchez put two runners on, then Sanchez got another strikeout.� After that, it got ugly.� A wild pitch and two walks forced in a run, then a single drove in two more runs.� Sanchez was relieved by Fraylin Campos, but the first batter Campos faced smacked a 3-run homer, and the Yankees had a 7-3 lead.

The Pirates rallied in the bottom of the 8th, beginning with LF Ping-Hung Chi reaching on an error.� Avila doubled, and RF Exicardo Cayonez was hit by a pitch to load the bases.� Diaz grounded to short, and the Yankees went to start a double play.� Cayonez was forced out at second, but the relay throw to first went wild (error) and both Chi and Avila were able to score.� Trinidad singled, bringing in Diaz, and the Pirates were within one run, 7-6.� But with a new reliever, the Yankees were able to get SS Kevin Mort to bounce into an inning-ending double play.� The Pirates had one last chance in the 9th.� Sosa walked with two outs, but was caught stealing 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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