Marauders Finally Win a Game, Sampson Looks Much Better This Time

The Bradenton Marauders finally won their first game of the season, beating the St. Lucie Mets 4-3. Bradenton had several chances to win a game over the last week, but blew a lot of those chances. Yesterday they threw the game away with six errors. Today the play was much better all around, with good pitching, timely hitting, and not as many errors on defense. Adrian Sampson got off to a rough start in the first inning, giving up two...

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Indians Split Doubleheader in Columbus

A single pitch separated the Indianapolis Indians from twin shutouts at Columbus’ Huntington Park on Saturday evening: Kris Johnson’s sixth-inning offering to Clippers’ designated hitter Matt Carson in game one of the International League doubleheader. Carson connected with Johnson’s middle-of-the-plate fastball and drove it over the left-field wall, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory and registering the only significant blemish...

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The Marauders Defense Has Been Pretty Offensive So Far

The Bradenton Marauders have a lot of offensive talent. They feature Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco, the two biggest breakout players from last season. They’ve got Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia, guys who have just as much talent as Hanson and Polanco, but didn’t put up the ridiculous numbers. Dan Gamache was a sixth round pick who hits for average and gets on base. The offense is there. The defense? So far it has been...

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Sadler, Cunningham lead Curve to victory in home opener

The Altoona Curve defeated the Harrisburg Senators 5-4 in their first home game of the year. Starting pitcher Casey Sadler was solid in the victory, going six innings and surrendering three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two. Offensively, the Curve were led by second baseman Jarek Cunningham who went 3-for 4, including a two-run homer in the third inning. Gift Ngoepe added a solo shot in the 6th inning on a high...

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The Most Impressive Thing About Gregory Polanco

Last year Scott Diamond made 27 starts for the Minnesota Twins. He posted a 3.54 ERA in 173 innings, with a 90:31 K/BB ratio. Today, Diamond was on a rehab assignment, pitching for Fort Myers against the Bradenton Marauders. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Gregory Polanco took him opposite field for his first home run of the 2013 season. If there’s one thing that has impressed me about Polanco more than anything else,...

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Nick Kingham Gets Too Comfortable With His Fastball In Marauders Loss

Nick Kingham got off to a good start early in his high-A debut. He retired his first nine batters in order, getting three strikeouts in the process. Kingham was in total command, allowing only one ball to leave the infield, and getting a lot of ground ball outs. Then the right-hander ran into trouble in the fourth inning. After giving up a leadoff double, Kingham allowed a single through the hole on the left side. Alen Hanson was...

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