Marte Homers, Three Hits For Grovatt
Augusta GreenJackets 4, West Virginia Power 1
RF Dan Grovatt led the Power offense with 3 singles, as the Power out-hit the GreenJackets 8-6. But the GreenJackets turned 3 double plays on the Power, and 5 Power batters were left on base, and so the Power could not capitalize on their opportunities.
The only run the Power scored came in the 2nd inning. DH Justin Howard and Grovatt led off with back-to-back singles, then CF Mel Rojas walked to load the bases. C Kawika Emsley-Pai bounced into a 6-4-3 double play, allowing Howard to score from third, though no RBI for Emsley-Pai with the double play.
The Power put two runners on base with two outs in the 3rd inning. 2B Drew Maggi walked, then 1B Matt Curry singled, but a grounder force out ended the inning. Grovatt and Rojas both singled to open the 4th, but Emsley-Pai again bounced into a double play. Another ground out ended the inning with Grovatt left on third. Grovatt singled again in the 6th, and again was left on base. Emsley-Pai doubled in the 7th, and also reached third base, but was also left stranded. Augusta turned their third double play in the 8th inning, eliminating SS Gift Ngoepe, who had singled.
Zack Von Rosenberg pitched 6 innings for the Power. He buzzed through the first two innings, retiring all 6 batters. Augusta scored 2 runs in the 3rd inning, with a lead-off single and a 2-run homer. Von Rosenberg allowed only one hit over the next two innings, then gave up another single and 2-run homer in the 6th inning. He struck out a total of 6 batters in his 6 innings. Zac Fuesser pitched the last two innings, and allowed just one single, while striking out 3 batters.
Charlotte Stone Crabs 12, Bradenton Marauders 0
Oops. Well, the Marauders found themselves without any firepower as they were being bombarded by the Stone Crabs. Starter Quinton Miller suffered the brunt of the barrage, allowing 9 runs (8 earned) on 10 hits in 5 innings. The Stone Crabs began with 3 runs in the 2nd inning, on a double, a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt, a fielding error by SS Benji Gonzalez, and RBI double, and an RBI single.
Miller settled down and got through the 3rd and 4th innings allowing only a walk. But then the wheels fell off in the 5th with pair of doubles to open the inning, then a wild pitch, a single, a triple, two more singles, and another double. Duke Welker replaced Miller to begin the 6th. Welker pitched 2 scoreless and hitless innings, allowing a walk in each, and with 3 strikeouts. Jason Erickson pitched the final inning, and he gave up another 3 runs — two singles and a 3-run homer.
The Marauders posted 5 hits, all singles. They also had two walks, but all 7 batters were left on base. RF Adalberto Santos beat out an infield single in the top of the 1st, then stole both second and third bases, but got no further. C Travis Scott had the single in the 2nd, and Benji Gonzalez had the one in the 3rd. 3B Elevys Gonzalez singled in the 4th, and DH Calvin Anderson singled in the 9th.