Curve Finally Score; Spikes Lose in 12 Innings
Bradenton Marauders 7, Fort Myers Miracle 5
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The top four batters in the Marauders’ line-up collected 2 hits each, and DH Calvin Anderson singled 3 times, as the Marauders overcame a 4-run inning by the Miracle.
The Marauders got onto the scoreboard first in the bottom of the 1st. RF Adalberto Santos singled and stole second base, then scored on 1B Aaron Baker’s single into right. Baker moved to second base on the unsuccessful throw to the plate, then he scored on Anderson’s single. A pair of doubles by Santos and C Ramon Cabrera brought in a third run in the 3rd. Cabrera tried to score on Anderson’s second single of the game, but he was thrown out at the plate.
Eliecer Navarro made his first start of the season (Quinton Miller was scratched from his start), and pitched 4 innings for the Marauders. He allowed only one hit in the first three innings, while striking out 4 batters. But he got into trouble in the 4th inning. A single and two walks loaded the bases with 2 outs. Back-to-back doubles brought in two runs each, and only an on-target throw from Santos to Cabrera kept another run from scoring, as Cabrera tagged out a runner at the plate. The Miracle led 4-3.
Porfirio Lopez relieved Navarro, and began with a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th. He gave up a ground-rule double and a walk in the 6th, but a fly out ended that inning.
The Marauders scored again in the 5th. SS Benji Gonzalez led off with a single, and moved to third on CF Robbie Grossman’s double. Santos’ ground out brought Gonzalez in with the tying run. Grossman scored the go-ahead run on Baker’s single into right field. The Miracle tied the score again in the top of the 7th, with a single, a bunt, a ground out, and an RBI single off Lopez. Grossman started another rally in the bottom of the 7th with a double by Grossman. A sacrifice bunt by Santos moved Grossman to third, then Cabrera’s triple plated Grossman. Baker’s sacrifice fly gave the Marauders an insurance run and the win.
Jason Erickson pitched the last two innings for Bradenton, and retired 6 batters in order.
Hickory Crawdads 9, West Virginia Power 4
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Zack Von Rosenberg had a tough night on the mound, surrendering 7 runs on 10 hits, though no walks, to take his 5th loss of the season (3-5 record). Von Rosenberg pitched 5 innings and allowed at least one run to score in each. Two singles and a 3-run homer gave Hickory a big start in the 1st inning. A solo homer led off the 2nd, and a triple and a sacrifice fly added a run in the 3rd. Two singles and another triple in the 4th accounted for the 6th and 7th runs for Hickory.
The Power plated one run in the top of the 1st, beginning with walks to SS Drew Maggi and RF Dan Grovatt. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, and CF Mel Rojas’ single through the right side of the infield brought in Maggi. Grovatt also tried to score from first, but was thrown out at the plate. 1B Justin Howard led off the 4th inning with a single, and Rojas doubled, putting Howard on third. Howard scored on a passed ball. Rojas moved to third on the passed ball, and tried to go home when C Elias Diaz walked, but he too was out at the plate.
More wildness by the Hickory pitcher gave the Power another run in the 5th. A single by 3B Eric Avila, a walk to Maggi (who walked 4 times in the game), and a wild pitch put the runners on second and third. The second wild pitch of the inning let Avila score. Two more walks loaded the bases, but a fly out ended the inning with all three runners still in place. That put the score at 7-3 in favor of Hickory.
In the top of the 6th, Diaz greeted a new Crawdads’ pitcher with a double, and tagged up to move to third on a fly out. Avila drove in Diaz with an RBI single into center field, for the Power’s final run.
Casey Sadler relieved Von Rosenberg in the 6th, and gave up a run on a single, a throwing error, and an RBI single. Sadler surrendered one more run in the 8th, with a hit batter, two wild pitches, and a line drive single.
Jamestown Jammers 7, State College Spikes 6
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A double, a bunt, and a fielding error by 3B Brian Sharp gave the Jammers a walk-off run in the bottom of the 12th.
It was a long haul for the Spikes, who scored 2 runs in the 4th, with a double by DH Justin Bencsko, a walk to C Derek Trent, and a pair of RBI singles by RF Carlos Mesa and LF Wes Freeman. They added another in the 6th: Trent walked, 3B Chris Lashmet singled, moving Trent to third, and Mesa brought Trent in with an RBI ground out.
Jamestown got to starter Stetson Allie early, with a run on a walk, a single, a stolen base an a throwing error by C Samuel Gonzalez in the bottom of the 1st. Allie loaded the bases with two walks and a single in the 2nd inning, but a pop out to second got him out of the jam. He got back into it in the 3rd, with a walk, a single, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly for another run. Cliff Archibald took over for Allie to finish the 3rd, but he gave up a single, a triple, and a 2-run homer in the 4th. A double and a single gave the Jammers their 6 run in the 5th.
The Spikes tied the game in the top of the 9th. SS Kirk Singer walked, then scored on singles by 2B Jorge Bishop and CF Alex Fuselier. Trent doubled, scoring Bishop, and a wild pitch on an intentional walk let Fuselier score. That sent the game into extras, which ended in the bottom of the 12th.
GCL Pirates 5, GCL Braves 4
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The Pirates squeaked out a run in the top of the 10th without recording a hit, to break a 4-4 tie and take the win. Singles by DH Jose Osuna and LF Gavi Navar, a ground out, and a wild pitch gave the Pirates their first run in the top of the 2nd.
Orlando Castro kept the Braves hitless for the first 4 innings. The only Braves’ base runner in those innings reached on a missed catch error by 1B Jared Lakind. Castro hit a batter and gave up two singles in the 5th, and the Braves scored one run, to tie the score. Joe Parsons relieved Castro and pitched a scoreless 6th, with one single. Parsons recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the 7th, then surrendered 4 consecutive singles, and with the help of a throwing error by CF Junior Sosa, that gave the Braves 3 runs.
The Pirates responded with 3 runs of their own in the top of the 8th. C Dyl
an Child walked, Sosa singled, and SS Alen Hanson brought both in with a triple into right field. Hanson was out at the plate on a fielder’s choice by 2B Jodaneli Carvajal, then 3B Yhonathan Barrios singled, moving Carvajal to third. Carvajal stole home and Barrios stole second, to tie the score at 4-4.
Logan Pevny, who had replaced Parsons, pitched scoreless innings in the 8th and the 9th. The Pirates began the top of the 10th with a walk by Hanson. Carvajal bunted Hanson to second base, and a passed ball let Hanson move on to third. RF Willie Garcia’s ground out let Hanson score the go-ahead run. Pevny retired the Braves in order in the bottom of the inning, to earn his second win of the season.