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Bradenton Marauders 2, �St. Lucie Mets 1 (box)

The Marauders’ pitching staff held the Mets to just 4 hits and one run, while giving up no walks on Monday in St. Lucie. �Starter Jeff Locke pitched 5 innings and started the 6th, scattering those 4 hits. �Two of the hits were doubles, both coming in the 2nd inning for the Mets’ only run. �Locke gave up a lone single in the 5th, then began the 6th with a single and a batter reaching on a throwing error by 3B Jeremy Farrell. �Diego Moreno came on to relieve Lock, and after C Eric Fryer threw out a runner trying to steal second base, Moreno ended the threat with two strikeouts. �Another fielding error, by 1B Calvin Anderson, put a runner on base in the 7th, but Moreno struck out the next three batters. �He let Fryer field a ground out to begin the 8th inning, then struck out two more batters — a total of 7 strikeouts for Moreno over 3 innings. �Noah Krol earned his 6th save of the season with a 1-2-3 9th inning.

SS Brock Holt, Anderson, and RF Erik Huber each had two hits in the game, including doubles for Anderson and Huber. �Anderson singled to lead off the 2nd inning, and he scored on an RBI double by Jeremy Farrell. �They scored again in the 5th, when Holt led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by CF Austin McClune, and scored on Anderson’s double. �Anderson tried to score also, when LF Quincy Latimore singled into left field, but Anderson was thrown out at the plate.

The Marauders had at least one base runner on in every inning but the 1st and the 9th. �They got a runner as far as third base in the 3rd, when Holt singled, moved to second on a passed ball, and advanced to third on McClune’s single. �But McClune was caught stealing second, and the next two batters struck out. �Strikeouts also ended the potential rally in the 4th, when Farrell walked and reached third on Huber’s single. �DH Tony Sanchez went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.

The Altoona Curve and the Akron Aeros were rained out in Altoona. �The game will be made up as part of a double-header on August 4th. �(?Why wait so long? Why not tomorrow?)

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