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Bradenton Marauders� 10,� St. Lucie Mets� 1 (Game 1) ..� (box)

The Marauders took both ends of this double-header, and in Game 1, it was all Bradenton.� They started with 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st, when RF Robbie Grossman and CF Starling Marte walked, LF Quincy Latimore was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then 1B Calvin Anderson blasted a grand slam.� More walks contributed to more scoring in the 2nd inning.� DH Jordan Newton and SS Greg Picart got free passes, then Marte brought them in with a triple.� A wild pitch let Marte score too, and the Marauders had a 7-0 lead.� They added another 3 runs on 2 homers in the bottom of the 6th.� 2B Shelby Ford led off with a solo bomb, then after Grossman walked again, Latimore hit a 2-run shot.

Tim Alderson, who has mastered the art of being in two places at one time, since he also “started” the first Altoona Curve game tonight, pitched 5.2 scoreless innings for the Marauders.� He scattered four singles, no walks, over those innings and never had more than one runner on base at a time.� He also struck out 6 batters in his 4th win for the Marauders.� Casey Erickson took over to get the final out of the 6th, then gave up a lead-off homer to begin the 7th.� After a single and a hit batter, Erickson got a strikeout and a grounder force out to finish the game.

Marauders� 4,� Mets� 1�� (Game 2) ..� (box)

Aaron Pribanic held the Mets to just one run in game 2 as well, to earn his 7th win.� He allowed a 2-out ground rule double in the 1st, then retired the next 10 batters in order.� He gave up the one run in the 5th, on four singles, though Starlin Marte made an excellent throw in from center field, relayed by Shelby Ford, to C James Skelton, to tag the second runner out at the plate.� Pribanic gave up only one more run in the 6th inning, but did not let the runner score.� Noah Krol earned his 32nd save of the season with a perfect 9th inning.

Meanwhile, the Marauders’ batters were providing Pribanic and Krol with some run support.� They scored one run in the 1st on Robbie Grossman’s double and Marte’s RBI single up the middle.� In the 3rd, they loaded the bases with one out on three consecutive singles by Shelby Ford, Grossman, and Marte.� Quincy Latimore drove in Ford with a sacrifice fly.� Skelton singled, bringing in Grossman.� Marte scored on a wild pitch to give the Marauders a 4-0 lead, which turned into a 4-1 win.

Augusta Green Jackets� 18,� West Virginia Power� 1 …��� (box)

Oops.� Well, the good news is that the Power scored first, in the top of the 1st.� DH Elevys Gonzalez led off with a single and moved to second base on a wild pitch.� He was out at third on a grounder fielder’s choice off the bat of 2B Jarek Cunningham. When the Augusta catcher tried to pick Cunningham off first base, the throwing error sent Cunningham to third.� He scored from third on RF Jose Hernandez’s sacrifice fly.� That was all the scoring the Power would do.� They scattered 5 more hits, including a double and a single by Hernandez, plus three walks. The Power threatened again in the 7th, when LF Andy Vasquez and SS Benji Gonzalez walked and C Jairo Marquez singled to load the bases, but a strikeout ended that inning.

And the bad news — beginning in the bottom of the 2nd, Augusta scored 18 unanswered runs on 21 hits.� With Brett Lorin on the mound, the Green Jackets sent 13 batters to the plate in the 2nd, to score 8 runs (3 earned).� It started with two singles and two outs, then two doubles, for the three earned runs.� After a hit batter and a fielding error by 3B Jesus Brito, a 2-run double and a 3-run homer made the score 8-1.� Marc Baca finished that inning, then pitched into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the 3rd.� Baca began the 5th with a single and a hit batter, and two outs.� Mike Williams relieved Baca, but gave up a wild pitch, a walk, and three singles, and 4 more runs came in (2 charged to Baca and 2 to Williams.� In the 7th, Williams surrendered four singles and a double, then was relieved by Gabriel Alvarado, ho gave up another single and a double.� Six runs scored in that inning, 5 charged to Williams and 1 to Alvarado.� The loss went to Lorin, his first with the Power.

State College Spikes� 10,� Mahoning Valley Scrappers� 1 ..�� (box)

Six runs in the 8th inning put this game into the Spikes’ pockets for good.� Colton Cain earned his first win with 5 innings of work, allowing one run on just one hit and two walks, while striking out 6 batters.� The run came in the 1st inning, on a walk, a double, and a sacrifice fly.� He also walked a batter in the 2nd, then retired the next 12 batters he faced.� Casey Sadler pitched the next two scoreless innings, with a single and a strikeout in each.� Ryan Beckman added two scoreless and hitless innings to finish up, with the only blemish being a runner reaching on a fielding error.

The Spikes also scored a run (unearned) in the 1st.� SS Drew Maggi reached on a fielding error, went to third on CF Mel Rojas’ single, and scored when LF Adalberto Santos bounced into a double play.� Santos added a run in the 4th, when he doubled, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on RF Cole White’s sacrifice fly.� The Spikes added two more runs in the 6th.� Maggi led off with a walk, then went to second on a ground out.� He stole third base, and when the Scrappers’ pitcher made a throwing error on the steal attempt, Maggi scored.� Santos followed that run with a solo homer.

Ten Spikes came to the plate in the 8th inning, beginning with Maggi, who reached on an error, then stole second.� Rojas and Santos both walked to load the bases, and when 1B Matt Curry was hit by a pitch, he forced in Maggi.� White walked too, forcing in Rojas.� Then DH Chase Lyles completed the fun with a grand slam.

GCL Tigers� 6,� GCL Pirates� 1 ..���� (box)

The Pirates were held to just 3 hits this afternoon — a single by 2B Kevin Mort, a double by 3B Eric Avila, and a solo home run by SS Jorge Bishop. Bishop’s homer led off the 3rd inning, and it was the only run the Pirates would score.� They never had more than one runner on base in any inning, and left 6 runners on base.� LF/CF Junior Sosa walked and stole second base, and Mort worked a walk.� Bishop also reached base on an error, and LF Exicardo Cayonez reached base on a missed catch error by the Tigers’ first baseman on the throw from the catcher on strike three.

James Archibald pitched 3 innings in his start, and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits and a walk.� A walk and two doubles brought in 2 runs in the 1st inning.� In the 3rd, Archibald gave up three singles, driving in one run, then a 3-run homer.� Bryton Trepagnier pitched 2 scoreless innings with one hit, two walks (oen picked off and one erased in a double play), and 3 strikeouts.� Joan Montero threw 3 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3 batters.

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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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