Heredia’s Debut, SAL All-Star Game; 3 Homers In One Inning For The Marauders

South Atlantic League All-Star Game
South All-Stars  6,  North All-Stars  3
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Three members of the Power were named to the North Division All-Star team:  OF Dan Grovatt, and pitchers Jameson Taillon and Brandon Cumpton.  

The North squad took the early lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st.  Two singles and a passed ball put two runners into scoring position.  RF Bryce Harper grounded out to second, bringing in the lead runner, and a sacrifice fly added the second run. 

Cumpton pitched the top of the 2nd for the North team.  He hit two batters with pitches, but got a strikeout and two groundouts, to leave both runners on base.  The South team burst out with 5 runs in the top of the 3rd.  A single, a double, and a fielder’s choice started the scoring.  A two-run homer gave the South a 3-2 lead, then a walk and another 2-run homer boosted the score to 5-2.  A walk and two singles added another run for the South in the 4th.  

Grovatt entered the game as a replacement in center field in the top of the 6th.  He got a turn at the plate in the bottom of the 6th, and flied out.   He flied out again in the bottom of the 8th.  

The North squad scored another run in the 7th.  A walk and two ground outs put a runner on third, then an RBI single drove in the run, to cut the score to 6-3.  The North managed only one hit over the last two innings, and the South took the win.  

New Hampshire Fisher Cats  1,  Altoona Curve  0
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The Curve and the Fisher Cats engaged in a pitching duel tonight.  The Curve scratched out more hits (4-2), but it was the Fisher Cats who came out on top.  Mike Colla pitched 7 innings for the Curve and struck out 5 batters.  He allowed only one walk over the first 5 innings.  In the 6th, Colla surrendered a walk and a wild pitch to put a runner on second base.  An RBI double broke up Colla’s chance for a no-hitter and drove in the only run of the game.  Colla also allowed a single in the bottom of the 7th.  Tim Alderson pitched a scoreless inning in the 8th, allowing a walk to former Indy Indian (2005-06) 3B Craig Stansberry, but eliminating Stansberry in a double play.  

CF Starling Marte had two of the Curve’s 4 hits, both singles.  DH Kris Watts also singled, and RF Anthony Norman tripled.  Watts and pinch-hitter Jose Hernandez both walked, but none of the runners could get around to score.  Marte singled to open the game, but was thrown out trying to steal second base.  Norman’s triple came in the 3rd, and he was stranded there.  After the triple, the next 12 Curve batters were set down in order, until Watts walked in the 7th.  The Curve had another runner on third in the 8th.  Hernandez walked, and was replaced by pinch-runner Brad Chalk.  A pick-off attempt let Chalk advance to third, but he was left there when a ground out ended the inning.  Marte beat out an infield single to lead off the 9th inning, and after a fly out, Watts lined a single into left field.  Marte stole third base (his 15th of the season), but two strikeouts ended the game.  

Bradenton Marauders  10,  Jupiter Hammerheads  4
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A big 7-run 4th inning let the Marauders blow the Hammerheads out of the water tonight.  Both teams started scoring in the 2nd inning.  Jupiter scored on a solo homer in the top of the inning.  The Marauders tied the score at 1-1 with a single by CF Evan Chambers and a triple by 3B Elevys Gonzalez in the bottom of the inning.  The bottom of the 4th began with a solo homer by Chambers.  Elevys Gonzalez singled, then LF David Rubinstein smacked a 2-run homer.  Three consecutive walks, to SS Benji Gonzalez, RF Robbie Grossman, and 2B Jarek Cunningham loaded the bases.  Jupiter brought on a new pitcher, and C Ramon Cabrera greeted him by slugging a grand slam, to give the Marauders an 8-1 lead.  

Nate Baker made the start for the Marauders.  The only run he allowed was the homer in the 2nd, and he gave up 5 other hits, with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.  In the 5th, after a hit batter and a single and two fly outs, Baker was relieved by Tyler Cox.  Cox got a strikeout to end the inning, then went on to pitch a scoreless 6th inning.  

The Marauders added 2 more runs in the bottom of the inning.  A walk to Cunningham and singles by Cabrera and 1B Aaron Baker loaded the bases.  DH Calvin Anderson grounded out, plating Cunningham.  Chambers grounded to third, and Jupiter tried for the out at home on a fielder’s choice, but Cabrera scored anyway, pushing the score to 10-1.  

Eliecer Navarro took over for Cox in the 7th and retired the side in order.  Jupiter scored one run in the 8th, on three singles, charged to Navarro.  Zach Foster came on for the top of the 9th.  He loaded the bases with Jupiter runners with a walk, a hit batter, and a single.  A passed ball allowed one run to come in, and an RBI single added the second run, but it was too little too late for the Hammerheads.  

Auburn Doubledays  9,  State College Spikes 0
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The Spikes were held to just 3 hits and committed 2 errors as they fell to Auburn.  DH Derek Trent, LF Wes Freeman, and 1B Michaelangel Trinidad had the only Spikes’ hits, with Trinidad’s being a double.  Trent, along with C Matt Skirving and SS Kirk Singer also walked in the game.  

Trent was the only Spikes’ base runner over the first 5 innings, when he singled to lead off the 2nd inning.  Skirving walked and Singer was hit by a pitch to begin the 6th, but the next three batters went down in order.  Trent walked and Freeman singled in the 7th, but a double play ended that inning without a run scoring.  The Spikes also put 2 runners on in the 8th, when Singer walked and RF Justin Bencsko was hit by a pitch, but they were also left stranded. Trinidad’s double came with 2 outs in the 9th, but a strikeout ended the game with Trinidad still on second.  

Joely Rodriguez pitched the first 3 innings for the Spikes.  He allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits, no walks, with 2 strikeouts.  Auburn scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st, on two singles and a fielding error.  A double and two singles added a run in the 2nd, and three singles gave Auburn a 4-0 lead in the 3rd.  Vince Payne allowed only a walk over the 4th and 5th innings, but was responsible for 3 runs in the 6th.  He hit a batter, and gave up a double and a single with 2 strikeouts, for one run.  Payne was relieved by Justin Ennis.  A wild pitch by Ennis let the runner from third to score, and a single brought in the third run of the inning.  Joan Montero pitched the 8
th and surrendered one run on a pair of walks, a hit batter, and an RBI single, then struck out the next three batters.  Mitch Fienemann allowed an unearned run in the 9th, with his own throwing error, a walk, and a single.  

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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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