Solid Starts From Locke, Adcock, Miller, and Cain

Bradenton Marauders 14,� Jupiter Hammerheads� 0 (box)

The Marauders scored early, then added on a 6-run 6th inning as they hammered the Hammerheads with 24 hits in Bradenton.� Nate Adcock pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 6 batters.� He gave up only one single over the first 4 innings, and then retired that base runner with a double play.� Two more singles came in the 5th, but Adcock struck out the next two batters to end that inning.� He walked one in the 6th, but two more strikeouts took care of that too.

Meanwhile, the Marauders’ batters were holding a hit-a-thon.� Singles by SS Shelby Ford and LF Quincy Latimore, doubles by RF Robbie Grossman and DH Jeremy Farrell, and a sacrifice fly by CF Starling Marte brought in two runs in the 1st inning.� Then the Marauders batted around and scored 4 more runs in the 2nd, all after two outs had been recorded.� Grossman, Marte, and Latimore hit three consecutive singles, with Latimore’s bringing in Grossman.� Farrell doubled, plating Marte and Latimore, and 1B Calvin Anderson singled to score Farrell.

They kept the momentum going in the 3rd inning.� 2B James Skelton and SS Adenson Chourio led off with singles, though Skelton was picked off second base.� Grossman walked, and a wild pitch put Chourio on third and Grossman on second.� Marte’s line drive into left field drove in both runners, giving the Marauders an 8-0 lead. They loaded the bases in the 5th, on Skelton’s single, a fielding error on Grossman’s grounder, and a walk to Marte, but left all three on base.

Ten batters came to the plate in the 6th, as the Marauders tacked on another 6 runs.� The first 6 batters reached base safely:� singles by Anderson and C Eric Fryer, walk by Davis, single by Skelton (RBI), walk by Chourio (RBI), and single by Grossman (RBI).� Marte’s ground out also brought in a run (RBI), and Latimore’s double added two more (2 RBI).

Duke Welker allowed one hit and hit a batter in 2 scoreless innings.� Yerfi Taveras wrapped it up with a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Marauder batters with 3 hits in the game: Grossman, Marte, Latimore, Anderson, Fryer;� 2 hits in the game:� Ford, Farrell.� RBI:� Marte (4), Latimore (4), Farrell (2), and one each:� Chourio, Grossman, Anderson, Skelton.

West Virginia Power� 4,� Lexington Legends� 2 (box)

Quinton Miller pitched 7 innings and allowed only 2 unearned runs in his 4th start back with the Power.� Miller breezed through the first three innings, giving up only 2 walks, one of which was erased with a double play.� The first unearned run came in the 4th inning.� A lead-off single was followed by a fielding error by 2B Elevys Gonzalez. A ground out and a sacrifice fly brought in the run.� The second unearned run scored in the 6th, and this time it was Milller’s own error that caused the problem.� After another lead-off single and a wild pitch, Miller made a throwing error on a pick-off move.� He hit the next batter with a pitch, then got a double play, but the runner scored from third base on the play.

Elevys Gonzalez and LF Rogelios Noris each had 2 hits for the Power.� The team scattered 3 hits over the first 5 innings, but got onto the scoreboard in the 6th with a double by RF David Rubinstein and a 2-run homer by Gonzalez.� DH Jose Hernandez walked and Noris also doubled in that inning.� They took a 3-2 lead in the 7th inning when a walk to 3B Jesus Brito and two hit batters (SS Benji Gonzalez and Rubinstein) loaded the bases, then Elevys Gonzalez drove in his third run of the game with a sacrifice fly.� Brito gave the Power an insurance run with a lead-off homer in the 9th.

Maurice Bankston relieved Miller for the final two innings.� He allowed a single in the 8th and walked a batter in the 9th, but kept the Legends from scoring, earning his 3rd save.

State College Spikes 1,� Lowell Spinners� 0 (box)

One run by the Spikes in the 2nd inning was all the scoring there was going to be in this pitching duel.� 1B Matt Curry singled and RF Cole White walked to begin the inning.� DH Gerlis Rodriguez grounded to short, for the force out on White, but the second baseman’s throw to first went wide for an error, and Curry rounded third base and scored the unearned run.

The Spikes had other scoring opportunities but couldn’t capitalize.� In the 1st inning, both CF Mel Rojas and SS Gift Ngoepe walked, but both were picked off first base.� Ngoepe also doubled in the 3rd inning.� White and Rodriguez hit back-to-back singles in both the 4th and the 9th innings, but both times they were left stranded.

Colton Cain pitched 4 scoreless innings for the Spikes.� He allowed two walks in the 2st, then worked around a single in each of the 2nd and 4th innings, while striking out 4 batters.� Kevin Decker followed with 4.1 scoreless innings.� He gave up a single, but followed it with a double play, and after retiring 9 more batters in a row, allowed a walk.� Decker began the 9th inning with a ground out and a double.� He was relieved by Jason Townsend, who earned his 4th save by inducing a line-out double play to end the game.

GCL Pirates� 4,� GCL Braves� 2�� (Game 1) (box)

Joely Rodriguez and Joan Montero held the Braves to just 2 runs in the first game of the double header.� The two runs came on two solo home runs (not back-to-back) in the 4th inning.� Rodriguez retired the first 8 batters he faced, before allowing only a single in the 3rd inning.� He gave up another single after the home runs, for a total of 4 hits with 5 strikeouts in 4.1 innings.� Montero took over in the 5th, with one out and two runners on base, due to a fielding error and a walk.� Montero ended the inning with a double play, and went on to pitch 2 more scoreless innings, earning his first win of the season.

The Pirate hitters got busy in the top of the 1st.� CF Junior Sosa opened the game with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by SS Jorge Bishop, to third on a wild pitch, and scored on 1B Michaelanegel Trinidad’s sacrifice fly.� Bishop gave the Pirates another 2 runs in the 3rd inning with a 2-run homer (his third of the season) following Sosa’s walk.

Another sacrifice fly brought in the final Pirates’ run in the top of the 7th.� RF Gregory Polanco led off with a walk, and C Elias Diaz singled.� A throwing error on a pick-off attempt let both runners move up a base, and when LF Wes Freeman was hit by a pitch, the Pirates had the bases loaded with no outs.� 2B Kevin Mort hit the sacrifice fly, scoring Polanco.� A double play ended the threat.

Braves 7,� Pirates� 3�� (Game 2) (box)

The Braves exacted their revenge in the second game, beginning with a 4-run 1st inning.� With Jarryd Sullivan on the mound, a single, a wild pitch, and a missed catch error by Sullivan put runners on the corners with no outs.� A double, a triple, and a single brought in 4 runs, all before an out had been recorded.� Then Sullivan settled down and retired the next three batters to end the inning.� He retired the next 7 batters in order too, then gave up a single in the 4th, but erased that runner with a double play.� Sullivan began the 5th inning, but 3 doubles gave the Braves another 2 runs.� Barrett Phillips relieved Sullivan, who was charged with the loss, and he allowed one more run, a solo home run in the 6th.

The Pirates were never able to catch up.� They were held to just 5 hits.� Two of those hits were homers, and those accounted for all of the Pirates’ runs.� 2B Luis Solano led off the bottom of the 3rd with a solo home run.� 3B Eric Avila homered in the 6th, with CF Junior Sosa on base after a walk, for the other two Pirates’ runs.� Both SS Kevin Mort and 1B Dylan Child singled in the 5th, but were both left on base.� C Joey Schoenfeld also singled in the 1st inning, but was picked off base.

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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