Curve Shut Out; Power Over-powering

Bradenton Marauders� 3,� Charlotte Stone Crabs� 2 ..������� (box)

LF Quincy Latimore had two hits for the Marauders, including the one that pushed across what would become the winning run in the 6th inning.� Starter Nate Adcock got out of a small jam in the 1st inning, but gave up a run on back-to-back doubles in the 2nd inning.� Another double, a wild pitch, and an RBI single gave Charlotte another run in the 3rd.� CF Starling Marte prevented a second run from scoring in that inning, when his throw in from center field on the next single went perfectly to C Eric Fryer and let Fryer tag out the runner at the plate.� Adcock gave up a total of 7 hits in his 5 innings, with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks.

The Marauders went down in order in the first two innings, then got going in the bottom of the 3rd.� DH Jordan Newton doubled with one out, and went to third on SS Greg Picart’s ground out.� 2B Shelby Ford singled up the middle, scoring Newton and cutting Charlotte’s lead in half.� They scored again in the 4th, when Latimore reached on a fielding error, then stole second base.� Fryer’s single brought in Latimore to tie the game.

The bottom of the 6th inning began with Marte being hit by a pitch.� Marte stole second, then scored on Latimore’s grounder up the middle for an RBI single, giving the Marauders a 3-2 lead.�� Latimore singled and again stole second base in the 8th inning.

Casey Erickson retired the Stone Crabs in order in the 6th and 7th innings.� He began the 8th with a ground out followed by two singles.� Tyler Cox relieved Erickson and began by throwing a wild pitch, then walking the bases full.� He got out of the jam with a timely double play, preserving the Marauders’ slim lead.� Erickson was the pitcher of record when the Marauder’s scored the winning run, so he was credited with the win.� Noah Krol earned his 33rd save of the season with a scoreless 9th inning, allowing only one single.

West Virginia Power� 10,� Rome Braves� 4 ..������ (box)

Eight late-inning runs gave the Power the boost they needed to run over the Braves.� The Power posted 14 hits, with each member of the line-up but one collecting at least one hit. RF Jose Hernandez did not have a hit, but he got on base with a walk and contributed an RBI.� The Power scored first, with a run in the bottom of the 1st without a hit.� 2B Elevys Gonzalez walked, but was forced out at second base on a grounder by DH Andy Vasquez that probably should have been a double play.� Vasquez took advantage of the opportunity, stealing second base, and getting to third on a passed ball.� Hernandez’ sacrifice fly brought him in and the Power had a 1-0 lead.

The Braves tied the score in the top of the 3rd on a single and a walk, then a throwing error by SS Benji Gonzalez, and an RBI single.� The Power came right back in the bottom of the third, taking a 2-1 lead on a double by 3B Jesus Brito, a sacrifice bunt by Benji Gonzalez, and a sacrifice fly by Elevys Gonzalez.� Vasquez also tripled in that inning, but was left on base.

A walk, two singles, and a double gave the Braves 3 more runs in the top of the 5th, as they took the lead again, 4-2.� Jason Erickson pitched 5 innings in his start for the Power, and gave up those 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, with 3 strikeouts.� He was on line for the loss when he left the game, relieved by Ryan Kelly to begin the 6th.

But the Power were not done yet.� They picked up another run in the 5th on three singles, by LF Rogelios Noris, Elevys Gonzalez, and Andy Vasquez.� Then they took the lead with 3 more runs in the 6th.� 1B Aaron Baker singled, CF David Rubinstein smacked a ground rule double, and C Ramon Cabrera brought in Baker with an RBI ground out.� Noris, Brito, and Benji Gonzalez contributed three consecutive singles, plating Rubinstein and Noris, before a double play ended the inning with the Power up, 6-4.� The Power batted around again in the 7th, for another 4 runs.� Vaquez singled, Hernandez walked, Baker singled, and Rubinstein walked to force in the first run, all without an out.� Hernandez tried to steal home, but was out on the play, though Baker and Rubinstein both moved up a base.� Cabrera brought them both in with a 2-RBI single.� Noris walked, then Benji Gonzalez’s single drove in Cabrera, and the Power had a 10-4 lead.

Kelly pitched 3 hitless and scoreless innings, with only one batter reaching base when Kelly hit him with a pitch.� When Kelly tried to pick the runner of first base, he threw wide, and the runner went on to second base.� So Kelly picked him off second base instead.� Mike Williams relieved Kelly for the final inning, and kept the Braves scoreless, despite a fielding error by Brito and a single.

Batavia Muckdogs� 6,� State College Spikes� 2 …���� (box)

Two 3-run innings by Batavia pushed the Muckdogs past the Spikes.� Starter Brandon Cumpton held Batavia to a hit in each of the first two innings, but got into trouble in the 3rd.� A single, and a double brought in one run.� After a ground out, a walk, and a fielding error added a second run, and an RBI single plated a third run.� One more walk, and Cumpton was relieved by Kevin Decker, who finished the third inning, then retired the side in order in the 4th and gave up just one single in the 5th.� Decker got into his own trouble in the 6th, with back-to-back doubles, a balk, and a sacrifice fly, giving Batavia 2 runs.� Justin Ennis relieved Decker, gut Ennis gave up a single and a double, for Batavia’s 6th run of the game.� Ennis pitched a scoreless 7th, then Mitch Fienemann pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th.

The Spikes posted 6 hits, including a single and a double by LF Adalberto Santos, and doubles by 1B Matt Curry and 2B Kelson Brown. They also walked 4 times.� There was at least one Spikes’ runner on base in all but two innings, but they could not push most of them around to score.� The first Spikes run came in the 6th inning on RF Cole White’s solo home run.� They scored again in the 9th, when Brown reached third base on a fielding error in right field, then scored on DH Gerlis Rodriguez’s RBI single.

The Spikes have added reliever Rinku Singh to their roster, promoted from the GCL Pirates now that the Gulf Coast League season has ended.

Spikes’ manager Gary Robinson is the star of the show on YouTube after his post-ejection rant on Friday night.� The Spikes were wearing uniforms reading “Haymakers” as part of a “What If Night” promotion — apparently the “Haymakers” was the runner-up for the name of the team back in 2005.

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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