Bradenton Marauders 12, St. Lucie Mets 6
For the second time in three days, the Marauders put up a big first inning — and this one was even bigger than the 6-run inning two games ago. Bradenton sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 1st, scoring 10 runs. The fun began with back-to-back singles by RF Robbie Grossman and 2B Jarek Cunningham. CF Evan Chambers loaded the bases with a walk, and 1B Aaron Baker brought in Grossman with a sacrifice fly (1). After a strikeout by DH Adalberto Santos, C Ramon Cabrera walked to load the bases again, then LF David Rubinstein lined a single into left field, bringing in Cunningham and Chambers (2,3). 3B Elevys Gonzalez and SS Benji Gonzalez lined back-to-back doubles into center field, with Elevys driving in Cabrera and Rubinstein (4,5), and Benji plating Elevys (6). That brought Grossman up again. He walked, then Cunningham drove in Benji and Grossman with a 3-run homer (7,8,9). Chambers walked again, and Baker lined a single into right field, and with the help of a throwing error that sent the ball into the stands, Chamber came in with the 10th run of the inning. Santos’ second strikeout of the inning ended the rally
The Mets tried to come back, but fell far short. Starter Nate Baker scattered 6 hits over 5.2 innings, and the only run he allowed came in the 5th, on a double and an RBI single. Baker walked one and struck out 2. With one on and two out in the top of the 6th, Duke Welker relieved Baker, finishing that inning with a strikeout. Welker gave up 2 runs in the 7th, on two lead-off walks, a balk, and an RBI ground out, then an RBI single. He also walked a batter in the 8th, and had a batter reach base on a fielding error by SS Benji Gonzalez, but a timely double play got Welker out of that jam. Jhonathan Ramos pitched the 9th inning, and he gave up back-to-back doubles and a 2-run homer, but even that was not enough for the Mets to catch up.
The Marauders added another run in the 4th inning on a pair of doubles by Rubinstein and Elevys Gonzalez. Cunningham hit his second homer of the game (6th of the season) in the 7th inning to give the Marauders their final run.
The Indianapolis Indians played a double header tonight against the Columbus Clippers in Columbus, to make up for Saturday’s rain out — and the Indians lost both games.
Columbus Clippers 6, Indianapolis Indians 1 (Game 1)
The first game, which began at 5 pm, saw the Indians jump out to a good start. With two outs in the top of the 1st, LF Alex Presley lifted a home run over the right-center field wall to give the Indians a 1-0 lead. 1B Matt Hague tried to keep the inning going with a single lined into left field following the homer, but he was left on base.
Tribe starter Sean Gallagher (photo) could not hold on to that lead. With one out in the bottom of the 1st, Gallagher walked DH Cord Phelps and 3B Lonnie Chisenhall back-to-back, then loaded the bases with a single to LF Chad Huffman. Another single, by 1B Travis Buck, drove in both Phelps and Chisenhall, then a slip by Presley in left field let Huffman move up to third base. Gallagher caught a break when C Jason Jaramillo threw out Buck as he tried to steal second base, then Gallagher ended the inning with a strikeout.
Columbus increased the lead to 4-1 with two more runs in the 2nd inning. RF Jordan Brown led off with a double, and former Indy Indian C Luke Carlin walked. Jaramillo tried to pick Brown off second base, but the throw bounced off SS Pedro Ciriaco’s glove and into left-center field, putting Brown on third and Carlin on second. SS Luis Valbuena ripped a double into the left-center field gap, driving in both Brown and Carlin, and the Clippers were ahead by 3 runs. They added another run in the 3rd inning, on a walk and a stolen base by 2B Jason Kipnis, then a double into right field by Brown.
Gallagher came out to begin the 4th inning, but after a walk and two strikeouts, Gallagher had thrown 98 pitches (54 strikes), and he was relieved by Tony Watson. Watson finished the 4th with a fly out, but he gave up a solo homer to Huffman, the first batter in the 5th inning. He also gave up a walk and a single in the 6th, but kept the Clippers from scoring in that inning.
The Marauders had an early game today, for the school kids. The Curve and the Power play later:
Bradenton Marauders 8, Palm Beach Cardinals 1
The Marauders swept a series for the first time this season with today’s win over the Cardinals. It was an early game following a late night, but the Marauders were awake and ready to go at 10 am, less than 12 hours after last night’s rain-delayed game. For the second game in a row, every member of the line-up reached base at least once.
Phillip Irwin made his first start after coming out of extended spring training. He went 2 innings, and allowed a run in the 1st, as he had to work around an error in each inning. The top of the 1st began with a walk, then a stolen base, and the runner moved up to third when C Carlos Paulino’s throw to second base went wild for an error. That runner scored on the first of two singles, but Irwin closed down the inning with a strikeout and a ground out. A fielding error by SS Benji Gonzalez put another runner on base in the 2nd, and after a stolen base and a walk, the Cardinals had runners on the corners. Irwin got out of the jam with a fly out.
The Marauders took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning without posting a hit. LF David Rubinstein was hit by a pitch, then 1B Cole White walked. Two wild pitches let Rubinstein score and put White on third base. After a walk to 2B Kelson Brown, the third wild p itch of the inning let White come in to score. A passed ball and two more walks, to CF Robbie Grossman and 3B Elevys Gonzalez, loaded the bases, but a fly out ended that inning without any further scoring. The Marauders led 2-1.
Brett Lorin took over for Irwin to begin the 3rd inning. Lorin pitched 6 scoreless innings, scattering 6 hits and a walk, plus 4 strikeouts. Palm Beach had 2 singles in the 4th, though the first runner was tagged out trying to reach third base on the second single. The Cardinals also had 2 singles in the 6th, but Lorin was not worried by either of those threats.
The Marauders picked up some insurance runs in the 5th, with DH Aaron Baker having his second big-hitting game in a row. Elevys Gonzalez walked and went to second on a wild pitch. He scored on Baker’s RBI double into center field. After a walk to Rubinstein, Paulino singled in Baker. A wild throw by the Cardinals’ catcher on a pick-off throw allowed Rubinstein to score the third run of the inning, and the Marauders were up 5-1. They added 2 more runs in the 6th. Grossman lined a double into left field, and Elevys Gonzalez singled, moving Grossman to third. Baker plated Grossman with a single into right field. When the Cardinals’ right fielder went to catch Rubinstein’s fly ball and had his feet slip out from under him, that was ruled an error, and Gonzalez scored as well. That gave the Marauders a 7-1 lead.
The final run of the game came in the bottom of the 8th, when Grossman doubled into left field, Elevys Gonzalez singled, and RF Adalberto Santos brought in Grossman with a sacrifice fly. Porfirio Lopez finished the game for Bradenton with a scoreless 9th inning, allowing just a single. Lorin earned the win — his first win of the season.
Columbus Clippers 6, Indianapolis Indians 4
A big inning by the Clippers and too many missed opportunities by the Indians added up to another loss for the Tribe as the two teams opened a 3-game series at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. Neither starting pitcher made it out of the 4th inning. 3B Josh Harrison (photo) had two hits for the Indians and came around to score twice.
The Indians got started with an unearned run in the top of the 1st. With one out, SS Chase d’Arnaud singled up the middle and LF Alex Presley singled into left field, sending d’Arnaud to third. Presley stole second base, then 1B Matt Hague walked to load the bases. DH Andy Marte grounded to short, where Columbus SS Cord Phelps had the ball pop out of his glove. Everyone was safe on the error and d’Arnaud scored from third. But the inning ended with a strikeout by C Dusty Brown, and all three runners were left on base. Josh Harrison made it a 2-0 lead when he led off the top of the 2nd with a long and high blast into the left field bleachers.
Brian Burres, in his fourth start of the season, zipped through the bottom of the 1st, thanks to a stunning play by Harrison at third. His counterpart at third base, Lonnie Chisenhall, smacked a sharp grounder to third, where Harrison made the scoop, then made a throw across his body on the run, in time to nab Chisenhall at first. Burres gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd, to RF Travis Buck, followed by a double by Phelps, though Burres was able to work around the double and leave Phelps on base.
The Altoona Curve and the West Virginia Power have scheduled days off today.
Bradenton Marauders 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 3
1B Aaron Baker gave the Marauders a boost with his grand slam in the 1st inning, and Jason Erickson won his first game of the season.
Starter Quinton Miller began the game with two outs, then gave up a double and a single, to give the Cardinals one run. The Marauders thundered back with 6 runs in the bottom of the frame, as the first 6 batters reached base before an out was recorded. RF Robbie Grossman led off with a walk, then went to third when 2B Adalberto Santos doubled. CF Evan Chambers walked to load the bases and set up Baker, who blasted a grand slam over the right field wall. DH Calvin Anderson followed the home run with a single, then he advanced to third on C Ramon Cabrera’s double. After a ground out and a strikeout, SS Benji Gonzalez sent the Palm Beach starter to the showers with a 2-RBI single. Grossman singled also, but a pop out ended the inning with the Marauders ahead 6-1.
Then it started raining…. and the game was delayed for more than 2 hours. When they did get back to business, Erickson took over on the mound for Miller. Erickson pitched 4 innings, and had trouble in only one, the 4th. He gave up a single, a double, a single, and a double, to give the Cardinals 2 runs. With two runners in scoring position, Erickson maintained his composure to strike out the next two batters and get out of the inning. Diego Moreno pitched the next two innings for Bradenton, allowing a walk and a wild pitch. He also had a runner reach base due to a throwing error by Gonzalez, but erased that runner with a double play. Ryan Beckman took the final two innings, and earned his 2nd save of the season, as he retired all 6 batters he faced, including a pair of strikeouts.
Baker did not stop hitting after the 1st inning, though the Marauders did not score again in the game. He singled in the 2nd, and Anderson doubled behind him, but Baker was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice play. LF David Rubinstein reached on a fielding error at short, loading the bases, but a ground out ended the inning without a run scoring. Gonzalez was thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd inning, after a walk, a stolen base, and a fly out. The Marauders had two runners on base due to a single and a walk in both the 4th and 5th innings. In the 4th, Rubinstein walked and 3B Elevys Gonzalez singled; in the 5th, Santos singled and Chambers walked. Baker’s third hit came in the 8th, when Chambers drove a ball off the glove of the Palm Beach right fielder. Chambers rounded second and headed for third, but the center fielder was able to pick up the ball and fire it in to third, where Chambers was tagged out. Baker singled after Chambers’ hit, but was left on base.
The Marauders posted a total of 12 hits. Each member of the lineup reached base at least once, and Rubinstein was the only one without at least one hit.