The Curve got busy in the bottom of the 4th. �1B Shelby Ford, who has been struggling at the plate, began the inning with only his second hit of the season, a double driven into right field. �Chase d’Arnaud singled, moving Ford to third, and Jim Negrych walked to load the bases. �Jordy Mercer brought in two runs with a single lined into center field, and Miles Durham plated Negrych with an RBI single. �Then Alex Presley brought in two more with a triple into right field. �2B Josh Harrison singled Presley home, and the Curve had a 6-run inning. �Presley added another run in the 7th, when he led off with a double, Harrison singled, and C Kris Watts bounced into a double play that let Presley score (no RBI). �Ford also singled in the inning, moving his batting average back into the triple digits (.115).
Miles Durham and Alex Presley also boosted their averages with 3 hits each in the game, and 2 RBI for each. �Shelby Ford, Chase d’Arnaud, and Jim Negrych each collected 2 hits, and Jordy Mercer had one hit, but contributed 3 RBI.
Reliever Derek Hankins took over for Owens on the mound to begin the 7th inning. �He gave up a lead-off single, then retired the next three batters. �Ronald Uviedo pitched the final two innings, allowing only a walk in the 9th. �Owens earned his 2nd win of the season.
The Curve will now hit the road, beginning a 7-game road trip, with 3 games in Harrisburg to face the Senators, and 4 games in Richmond against the Flying Squirrels.
Bradenton Marauders 12, �Palm Beach Cardinals 8 (box)
The Marauders also went on a hit parade on Wednesday evening, with a total of 12 runs on 16 hits. �Every member of the lineup had at least one hit except for DH Eric Fryer, who still walked and scored twice. �C Tony Sanchez and 3B Jeremy Farrell led the way with 3 hits each, and RF Austin McClune had 5 RBI on his double and triple.
Nate Adcock made the start for Bradenton, and he kept the Cardinals scoreless over the first three innings, retiring 8 batters after giving up two hits. �The Marauders fell victim to two double plays themselves, and did not score over the first three innings, despite four singles and a walk.
The Cardinals got onto the scoreboard first in the top of the 4th, on two singles and a double. �The Marauders returned fire in the bottom of the inning to score 3 runs. �Tony Sanchez and Jeremy Farrell led off with back-to-back singles, and 1B Calvin Anderson moved them up a base on his ground out. �Eric Fryer walked to load the bases, and Austin McClune cleared those bases with his triple. �Marauders up, 3-1.
The Marauders exploded in the bottom of the 5th, sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring 9 runs, all after two outs had been recorded. �CF Robbie Grossman led off with a single, and after a strikeout and a line out, he stole second base. �Then the fun began. �Farrell walked and Anderson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. �A fielding error on Fryer’s ball to short brought in Grossman. �McClune’s ground-rule double scored Farrell and Anderson. �2B Greg Picart brought in Fryer and McClune with a single. �Holt walked, then Grossman batted again, and his second single of the inning brought in Picart. �LF Quincy Latimore, Sanchez, and Farrell all singled, and each single drove in another run. �Anderson finally popped up to end the inning.
Palm Beach didn’t roll over, though. �They scored 2 runs on a walk, two single, and a wild pitch in the 6th. �Those runs were all charged to Adcock, who pitched 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk, with 7 strikeouts. �Tom Boleska finished the 6th, then retired the side in order in the 7th. �He got into trouble in the top of the 8th, which began with a triple, two singles, another triple, and a home run, for 5 runs. �Tyler Cox finished the game for the Marauders, allowing 2 walks in the 8th, and a lone single in the 9th. �Adcock earned the win, his 3rd of the season.