Marauders Start With A Rampage; Crotta Shines For Curve

Bradenton Marauders 18, �Fort Myers Miracle 3 (box)

The Marauders began their inaugural season in the Florida State League with a hit-a-thon, as they posted 16 hits on their was to 18 runs. �Two 7-run innings took care of most of the scoring and sent the Ft. Myers’ pitching staff scrambling. �Each member of the Bradenton lineup except one had at least one hit, and most had two hits. �1B Calvin Anderson did not have a hit, but he walked twice and came around to score. �LF Quincy Latimore went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI singles. �RF Robbie Grossman had a 3-run homer, and 3B Jeremy Farrell contributed 7 RBI with a 3-run homer in the 7th inning and a grand slam in the 4th. �CF Starling Marte singled and doubled, walked, and scored 4 times. �C Tony Sanchez had two RBI singles.

The scoring started with Latimore’s homer in the bottom of the 2nd. �Singles by Latimore and Grossman, plus an error by the Miracle and a passed ball added two more runs in the 3rd. �The 7-run 4th inning followed, as the Marauders sent 11 batters to the plate. �Grossman’s homer and Farrell’s grand slam, plus a wild pitch with the bases loaded accounted for those 7 runs. �Marte’s double and an RBI single from Sanchez tacked on a run in the 5th. �The 7th was the second 7-run inning, as the Marauders sank the Miracle with two walks, four singles, a wild pitch that allowed a run to score, and Farrell’s 3-run shot.

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Farrell Homers For Pirates In Loss

The Indianapolis Indians did not have a scheduled game today; they play again in Bradenton tomorrow, facing the Las Vegas 51’s.

Red Sox 6, �Pirates 4 � (box)

Home runs were the order of business in Bradenton today, as the Pirates lost to the Red Sox in Grapefruit League play. �Pirates’ starter Paul Maholm gave up three home runs in his 5 innings of work, as he was charged with the loss. �Maholm struck out 7 batters, and didn’t walk any. �Of the 5 hits he allowed, 3 were homers. �A single and a homer gave the Red Sox a 2 run start in the top of the 1st. �Solo home runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings, made it a 4-1 game. �In the 5th, a double and a sacrifice fly accounted for another run charged to Maholm. �The Red Sox’ other run came in the 6th, on two singles and a sacrifice fly off reliever DJ Carrasco. �Javier Lopez, Brendan Donnelly, and Octavio Dotel each pitched a scoreless inning for the Pirates, and Donnelly struck out two batters. �Dotel made his first Grapefruit League appearance, coming back from a strained left oblique muscle. �He was a little wild — only 10 of his 22 pitches were strikes, with one wild pitch, and he walked one batter and hit another.

The Pirates scored in the bottom of the 1st inning. �2B Aki Iwamura doubled, then stole third base. �LF Lastings Milledge walked, then RF Garrett Jones brought Iwamura in with a ground ball right to the Sox’ first baseman. �The Pirates didn’t score again until the bottom of the 9th. �3B Jeremy Farrell, up from minor league camp, had the best hit of the day: �a huge blast over the center field wall for a home run, smacked in front of his father, who is the Sox’ pitching coach, John Farrell. �Another minor leaguer, PH Kris Watts, worked a walk, and scored when PH/2B Delwyn Young also homered. �In the innings between the scoring, the Pirates struck out 16 times, with Red Sox starter Josh Beckett collecting 9 of those strikeouts in his 5 innings of work.

Also in the game: �SS Jordy Mercer, 1B Steve Pearce, RF Quincy Latimore, and C�Luke Carlin.

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