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Bradenton Marauders� 12,� Jupiter Hammerheads� 8 (box)

Another hit-fest in Bradenton, as the Marauders hammered Jupiter again, scoring 3 runs in each of 4 innings.� The Marauders posted 16 hits, with everyone in the line-up recording at least one.� C Eric Fryer had 3 singles; 1B Calvin Anderson had 2 singles and 4 RBI, and 2B James Skelton drove in 4 runs, 3 of which came on� a home run.

Bradenton got started in the bottom of the 1st, scoring 3 runs when RF Robbie Grossman was hit by a pitch, and CF Starling Marte, LF Quincy Latimore, 3B Jeremy Farrell, and Anderson all singled.� After a walk to DH Jordan Newton and a single by SS Adenson Chourio, Skelton’s 3-run home run in the 2nd inning gave the Marauders a 6-1 lead.

Starter Tim Alderson pitched 5 innings.� He gave up one run in the 2nd inning on a double, a walk, and a single.� Alderson retired the side in the 1st, the 3rd, and the 4th, then gave up 2 more runs in the 5th on a double, two singles, and a sacrifice fly.� Tyler Cox took over for Alderson to begin the 6th, and he gave up another 2 runs on two singles and a double, and Jupiter had gotten close to the Marauders, 6-5.

The Marauders broke out with two more 3-run innings to pull well ahead.� In the 6th, the first three batters reached base — singles by Fryer and Newton, and a walk to Chourio, loading the bases.� Skelton’s sacrifice fly drove in Fryer, and Grossman’s sacrifice fly brought in Newton.� Starling Marte lined a single into center field, and Chourio scored.� Marte stole second base, then when the Jupiter catcher’s pick-off attempt went sailing into the outfield, Marte raced for third, rounded, and headed for the plate.� But the Marauders were allowed only 3 runs per inning in this game, and Marte was out at the plate.

The bottom of the 7th began with Latimore and Farrell both being hit by a pitch.� Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch, then both scored on Anderson’s single in to left field.� Two more singles, by Fryer and Newton, brought in Anderson.

Craig Hansen relieved Cox, and began by retiring the side in the 7th.� He allowed 2 unearned runs in the 8th, on two fielding errors by Chourio, a walk, and a single.� Diego Moreno took the 9th, and allowed a run on a triple and a ground out.

Aberdeen Ironbirds� 3,� State College Spikes� 2 (box)

This game took “only” 11 innings, and it ended when the Ironbirds scored one run in the bottom of the 11th, on a double and an RBI single off reliever Justin Ennis.� Zac Fuesser had made the start for the Spikes, going into the 5th inning, and allowing one run on 3 hits and 4 walks, with 5 strikeouts.� The run came on a solo homer in the 2nd inning.� He had walked 2 batters with 2 outs in the 5th, when Fuesser was relieved by Mitch Fienemann. Fienemann hit the first batter he faced with a pitch, but then struck out the next batter to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.� He gave up a run in the 6th, on two doubles.�

The Spikes scored their first run in the top of the 2nd.� Three consecutive singles, by DH Matt Curry, RF Cole White, and 1B Gerlis Rodriguez loaded the bases, then 2B Kelson Brown’s sacrifice fly brought in Curry.� Curry walked in the 4th, but was caught stealing second base.� Brown singled in the 5th, but was erased in a double play.� The Spikes responded to the Ironbird’s 6th-inning run with a run in the top of the 7th, to tie the game again.� LF Adalberto Santos led off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Rodriguez’s RBI single.

Four scoreless innings followed.� Reliever Jhonatan Ramos pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing only a single in the 8th.� Justin Ennis gave up a single in the bottom of the 10th, but erased that runner with a double play.� C Miguel Mendez singled for the Spikes in the 8th, but was left stranded.� The Spikes went down in order in the 9th and the 10th, then 3B Andy Vasquez singled in the 11th, but was also left on base.� The Ironbirds sent everyone home in with their walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th.

West Virginia Power� 10,� Lexington Legends� 8 (box)

The Power came from behind, scoring 8 late-inning runs to slip past the Legends.� They also had a hit parade, with 14 hits for the Power and a combined 25 hits in the game.� SS Elevys Gonzalez led the way with 3 singles, and both CF Evan Chambers and LF Rogelios Noris homered for the Power.

The game did not begin well for starter Jason Erickson. He gave up a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 1st, then a 2-run homer in the 4th.� He got the first two outs but gave up 2 singles and a run in the 5th, and was relieved by Marc Baca. The first batter Baca faced hit a 2-run homer, and the Power were behind 8-2.

Two Power runs had come in during the 3rd inning.� 2B Jarek Cunningham singled, Chambers doubled, and Cunningham scored on 1B Aaron Baker’s RBI ground out.� DH Jose Hernandez’s sacrifice fly brought in Chambers.� Then the Power got their power going in the top of the 6th.� They loaded the bases on a walk by C Ramon Cabrera, Noris being hit by a pitch, and a single by 3B Jose Brito. Gonzalez’s single brought in both Cabrera and Noris.� Brito scored on RF David Rubinstein’s sacrifice fly, and the Power were back in the game, at 8-5.

Two home runs gave them the lead in the 7th.� With one out, Chambers blasted a solo home run.� Baker followed the homer with a double, and Hernandez walked.� Cabrera singled, but Hernandez was forced out at second base on the throw in from right field.� Noris lined a 3-run homer, bringing in Baker and Cabrera with him, and the Power were ahead, 9-5.� Cabrera added an insurance run in the top of the 9th, when he doubled, and advanced to third on a fielding error, then scored on Brito’s RBI single.

Marc Baca finished the 5th inning, then pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing a single and two walks.� He earned the win, because he was the pitcher of record when the Power took the lead in the bottom of the 7th.� Gabriel Alvarado earned his 3rd save with 2 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk.

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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