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St. Lucie Mets� 4,� Bradenton Marauders� 3 …����� (box)

The Marauders were leading 3-1 going into the bottom of the 6th inning.� The Mets scored one run in the 6th on� single, a walk, and an RBI single.� Reliever Noah Krol came on to pitch the 7th, but the Mets tied the score at 3-3 with another run on a double, a fielding error, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.

The Marauders went down in order in the 8th.� They put two runners on in the top of the 9th, on a single by LF Quincy Latimore and an intentional walk to 3B Adam Davis, but could not bring them around to score.� Krol kept the Mets from scoring in the 8th, then turned the mound over to Duke Welker for the 9th.� Welker struck out the first batter, then gave up a walk.� A passed ball put that runner on second base, and a ground out moved him to third.� An RBI single into left field brought that runner in with the winning run, and Welker suffered his first loss with the Marauders.

Both teams had scored one run in the 3rd inning.� C Eric Fryer walked, stole second base, and scored on 1B Calvin Anderson’s double in the top of the frame.� Aaron Pribanic gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, but he was the one who committed the errors.� After a single, Pribanic made a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, then made a fielding error on a second sacrifice bunt.� With the bases loaded, Pribanic got the next batter to bounce into a double play, but the lead runner scored from third base on the play.� The Marauders added 2 more runs in the 5th.� Latimore led off with a double, Fryer walked, and both scored on Anderson’s double.

Pribanic pitched 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (one earned) on 4 hits and a walk, with 3 strikeouts.� Craig� Hansen finished the 6th inning, but gave up the single that brought in the Mets’ run.� Noah Krol was charged with a Blown Save.

Marauders 3,� Mets 3� …. suspended …. � (box)

The second game, which was a make up from some other rain out was suspended in the middle of the 6th due to, of course, more rain.

This time it was the Mets who had the early lead and the Marauders who were catching up.� Matt McSwain made the start for the Marauders, and he got off to a tough start, with the first three batters reaching base on two singles with a fielding error for one run, then a hit batter.� Two ground outs brought in another run.� McSwain buzzed through the next two innings, but gave up another run in the 4th on a double and an RBI single.� He had struck out two batters in the 6th when play was halted.

2B Shelby Ford led off for the Marauders with a walk, and he advanced to second base on a wild pitch, but the next 10 batters went down in order.� With one out in the 4th, CF Starling Marte reached on a throwing error, then Quincy Latimore walked.� C James Skelton doubled, plating Marte.� A walk to SS Greg Picart opened the 5th inning.� Ford was hit by a pitch, and Marte singled to load the bases.� Latimore’s sacrifice fly brought in Picart, bringing the score to 3-2.� A walk to Skelton loaded the bases again, but a fly out ended the inning.

The Marauders tied the score in the top of the 6th.� 1B Erik Huber singled, but was forced out at second on a grounder by Picart.� Ford and RF Austin McClune both singled, bringing in Picart to tie the score.� The game is scheduled to be resumed at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, before the regularly scheduled game.

Rome Braves� 3,� West Virginia Power� 1 …���� (box)

Power pitchers held the Braves to just 3 hits, but the Braves made better use of their hits, and were helped by two Power errors.� In the top of the 2nd, a fielding error by 2B Jarek Cunningham put the first runner on base.� A bunt single with a throwing error by Power starter Eliecer Navarro gave the Braves runners on the corners, and a home run gave them a 3-0 lead.� Navarro had walked one batter in the 1st inning, but erased him with a double play.� After the homer, Navarro retired the remaining 14 batters he faced in order.� Marc Baca relieved Navarro to begin the 7th.� He struck out the side in that inning, then hit a batter and gave up a single in the 8th, but worked out of the jam to keep Rome from scoring again.� Gabriel Alvarado retired the side in order in the 9th.

The Power posted 6 hits, and also worked one walk, but scored only once.� In the 5th, DH Andy Vasquez singled into right field, then scored from first on a single by SS Benji Gonzalez and a throwing error by the Rome left fielder.� The Power also had two runners on base in the 6th, when both Cunningham and 1B Aaron Baker both singled.� 3B Elevys Gonzalez and RF David Rubinstein also had singles, but did not score.� Cunningham was hit by a pitch but was caught stealing.

Batavia Muckdogs� 12,� State College Spikes� 11 … (box)

Both teams put up a big inning early, and both teams rallied in the 11th inning, but the Muckdogs came out on top.� State College had the early lead.� They scored twice in the 2nd inning on a single by 1B Matt Curry, a double by LF Pat Irvine, and a single by 3B Kelson Brown. SS Gift Ngoepe led off the 3rd with a triple.� He scored on a fielding error, then Curry and RF Cole White both singled, bringing in another run.

Colton Cain retired the first 7 batters he faced, but then got in big trouble with one out in the 3rd.� A double, a walk, and a single brought in one run, then a hit batter loaded the bases.� Another walk forced in a second run, then a grand slam gave Batavia a 6-4 lead.

The Spikes came roaring back with 5 runs in the 4th.� C Miguel Mendez led off with a single, and a passed ball and a ground out put him on third base.� Ngoepe brought him in with a sacrifice fly, but a fielding error allowed Ngoepe to reach third.� 2B Walker Gourley doubled, plating Ngoepe.� 1B Gerlis Rodriguez singled, bringing in Gourley.� Curry blasted a 2-run homer, and the Spikes had regained the lead, 9-6.

Batavia tacked on one run at a time over the next three innings to tie the score.� Trent Stevenson gave up a solo homer in the 5th, then allowed another run in the 6th on a double, a single, and a wild pitch.� Brooks Pounders was next out of the bullpen, and he allowed an unearned run in the 7th on his own throwing error, a wild pitch, a fly out, and a sacrifice fly.

The Spikes had two runners on in the 8th, on walks to Ngoepe and Curry, but did not score.� They wend down in order in the 9th and the 10th.� Batavia had a runner on due to a walk in both the 8th with Pounders on the mound, and in the 9th with Ryan Beckman pitching, and a single in the 10th.

The top of the 11th began with a one-out walk by Curry.� A fielding error put Irvine on first and Curry on second, then White loaded the bases with another Walk.� Brown singled into center, scoring both Curry and Irvine.� Mendez was hit by a pitch, loading the bases again, but a line out and a strikeout ended the inning.� But disaster struck in the bottom of the inning.� With Jason Townsend on the mound for the Spikes, a double, a triple, and a single drove in two runs to tie the game.� Townsend got a strikeout, but Mendez dropped strike three, and the runner from second base saw that as the perfect opportunity to advance to third base.� 1B Rodriguez took the throw from Mendez, and then threw to third to try to get the runner from second, but the throw to third went wild, and the runner continued on to the plate to score the winning run.

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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