Power Go Long; Curve Cut Short

Daytona Cubs  9,  Bradenton Marauders  5
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The Marauders scored 5 runs in the 5th inning, but Daytona came back with 9 unanswered runs over their last 4 innings to take the win.  Marauders’ starter Quinton Miller and the Cubs’ starter Jeffrey Lorick both worked around runners on base to keep their opponents from scoring over the first 4 innings.  3B Elevys Gonzalez singled and DH Calvin Anderson doubled for the Marauders, and RF Robbie Grossman worked a walk.  Miller gave up two singles and a walk in the 1st to load the bases, but got out of the inning with a ground out.  He gave up a triple in the 2nd, but the runner was out at the plate when he tried to score on a wild pitch.  Miller worked around a single in the 3rd, then retired the side in order in the 4th.  

1B Aaron Baker started the big 5th inning with a solo home run.  LF Cole White followed the homer with a double, and went to third base on a sacrifice bunt by 2B Kelson Brown.  SS Benji Gonzalez was hit by a pitch, and Grossman walked to load the bases.  C Ramon Cabrera’s sacrifice fly plated White, then Anderson’s ground-rule double brought in Benji Gonzalez.  Elevys Gonzalez drove in two more, Grossman and Anderson, with a double lined into center field.  

The Marauders’ 5-0 lead did not last, though.  In the bottom of the frame, two singles, a double, and an RBI ground out gave the Cubs 2 runs.  In the 6th, the Cubs took a 6-5 lead.  A double and a single brought in one run, then another single put two runners on base.  Miller was relieved by Eliecer Navarro, who gave up a 3-run homer to the first batter he faced, giving the Cubs 4 runs in the inning.  

Navarro pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 7th, then Ryan Beckman came on for the 8th.  A double and a fielding error put Cubs’ runners on the corners.  A triple added 2 more runs, then a throwing error by Brown let another run score, for a 9-5 lead.  

The Marauders did not have a hit after the 5th inning.  Baker reached base on a throwing error in the 6th, but he was out when White grounded into a double play.  In the 9th, White reached base when he struck out but strike three was a wild pitch.  A ground out and another wild pitch put White on third base, but a strikeout ended the inning and the game.

Delmarva Shorebirds  5,  West Virginia Power  4
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Nineteen innings!
This game ended just after midnight, when the Shorebirds led off with a double, had the runner advance to third on a ground out, then had a runner reach on a throwing error by 3B Eric Avila, letting the runner from third cross the plate.  Casey Sadler, who had just entered the game to being the bottom of the 19th, was the losing pitcher.

The game began innocently enough.  SS Drew Maggi opened the game with a single, but was erased on a double play in the 1st.  1B Matt Curry homered in the 2nd inning to give the Power a 1-0 lead.  Power starter Zack Von Rosenberg faced the minimum over the first two innings, but the two singles and a double in the 3rd gave the Shorebirds a 2-1 lead.  Both teams put a runner on base (walk to Curry) in the 4th, and both runners were erased with double plays.  

The Power tied the game in the 5th.  LF Rogelios Noris doubled, and scored when 2B Kevin Mort reached on a fielding error.  Walks to Avila and Maggi loaded the bases, but the Power couldn’t bring any of those runners in to score.  They took the lead in the 6th, with another walk by Curry and an RBI double by DH Justin Howard.  

Von Rosenberg pitched 3 more scoreless innings, allowing only a single in the 4th, but again taking advantage of a timely double play to take that runner off the bases.  He finished his start with 2 runs on 5 hits, no walks, and 3 strikeouts over 6 innings.  Zac Fuesser relieved Von Rosenberg for the 7th inning.  He retired the side in order in the 7th, and allowed only a single in the 8th.  The Power also went down in order in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings.  

The Power went into the bottom of the 9th with a 3-2 lead.  But the first batter in the bottom of the 9th homered off Fuesser to tie the game again.  That sent the game into extras.  Porfirio Lopez took over for Fuesser.  He had a batter reach on a fielding error by SS Maggi in the 10th, but kept the Shorebirds from scoring.  Lopez also gave up a triple to lead off the 11th, but left that runner on third base.  The Power went down in order in the 10th, and had two runners on base in the 11th, when RF Dan Grovatt reached on an error and C Kawika Emsley-Pai walked.  They were also left on base.  

The Power got excited when Mort doubled to lead off the 12th, then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly.  But the Shorebirds kept the game going with a run on three singles in the bottom of the 12th.  Grovatt singled to open the 13th, but was caught stealing.  Curry doubled, but was left on base, and in that inning Power manager Gary Robinson was ejected by the first base umpire.  Mort singled in the 14th, and was also left on base.  Lopez worked around a fielding error by Avila and a single in the 13th, and around a single and two walks in the 14th, which included a runner called out on batter interference. 

Kevin Decker took over for Lopez in the 15th.  He dealt with a single and another error by Avila, with a runner thrown out at the plate to preserve the tie.  Then Decker worked around a Delmarva batter on base in each of the next three innings, never allowing any of those runners to score.  CF Mel Rojas singled and Curry walked for the 3rd time in the 15th, and Noris singled in the 16th.  Howard singled in the 18th, and all were left on base.  The Power went down in order in the top of the 19th, as midnight approached. 

Casey Sadler relieved Decker to begin the bottom of the 19th, when the double and Avila’s third error of the game gave Delmarva the win.  The Power committed 5 errors in the game, while the Shorebirds committed 3 errors.  Delmarva posted 17 hits, to the Power’s 11.  

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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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