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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Three Minor League Wins

Bradenton Marauders 6, �Fort Myers Miracle 2 (box)

Nate Adcock earned his first win for the Marauders with 5 shutout innings, including 7 strikeouts. �He scattered a double and three singles over those 5 innings. �Two of the singles came after two strikeouts in the 5th inning, but Adcock struck out the next batter to end the threat. �Mike Felix relieved Adcock for the 6th inning, and he gave up the Miracle’s only two runs. �After a lead-off single, a passed ball and a wild pitch put the runner on third base. �A walk and an RBI single followed (an unearned run), then two ground outs brought in another (earned) run. �Mike Colla retired the Miracle in order in the 7th inning, including two strikeouts. �Tom Boleska wrapped up the game for the Marauders with 2 scoreless innings.

Bradenton got onto the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. �RF Austin McClune got things started with a one-out double. �2B Rodolfo Cardona walked, and SS Greg Picart plated McClune with an RBI single. �Picart stole second base, putting Marauders on second and third bases. �A wild pitch led Cardona score and moved Picart to third base. �LF Robbie Grossman followed with a walk, then CF Starling Marte flied out to center field. �Picart tried to tag up and score, but was thrown out at the plate.

Marte scored in the 5th inning, when he beat out a bunt for an infield single. �He scored from first base on a double by DH Tony Sanchez. Two Fort Myers errors and a wild pitch contributed to a 3-run rally by the Marauders in the 8th inning. �With one out, 3B Jeremy Farrell walked. �C Eric Fryer reached base on a throwing error, and Farrell went to second base. �McClune picked up an RBI with a liner into center field, bringing Farrell in from second base. �The wild pitch moved the runners to second and third bases. �Rodolfo Cardona hit to third, and the second error (fielding) allowed both Fryer and McClune to score. �Picart singled and Grossman was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Marte bounced into a double play to end the inning.

Picart went 3-for-5 in the game with one RBI. �McClune went 2-for-4 and also had an RBI.

West Virginia Power 6, �Charleston River Dogs �5 (box)

The Power cut short a 9th inning rally by the River Dogs to hang on for the win in Charleston tonight. �West Virginia scored first, when 3B Jesus Brito led off with a single. �A fielding error put Brito on third base and SS Adenson Chourio brought him home with a sacrifice fly. �They added a second run in the top of the 5th, when RF Wes Freeman led off with a double, and Brito bunted him to third base. �C Ramon Cabrera got the RBI with the single that scored Freeman.

Starter Phillip Irwin battled through the first two innings. �He gave up a single and a walk in the first, but left the two runners stranded. �A double and two walks loaded the bases for the River Dogs in the 2nd inning, but a perfect throw from LF Rogelios Noris to Cabrera at the plate on what would have been a sacrifice fly nailed the runner from third at the plate to get Irwin out of that jam. �After that, Irwin retired the next six batters he faced in order. �Charleston tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the 5th. �Maurice Bankston relieved Irwin, and gave up a lead-off single. �The next batter grounded to short for what should have been a double play, but a throwing error by Chourio left the second runner on second base. �A double and a single brought in two runs for the tie.

Charleston took the lead in the bottom of the 6th, leading off with a single and a walk off Bankston. �Zachary Foster came on in relief, and he almost had the problem dealt with — but another throwing error by Chourio let one run score (unearned). �Foster was responsible for Charleston’s run in the 7th inning, which came on a solo home run.

The Power were behind 4-2 going into the top of the 8th. �2B Jarek Cunningham opened the inning with a double and CF Evan Chambers walked. �1B Aaron Baker dropped down a sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error by the Charleston third baseman and another throwing error by the right fielder allowed both Cunningham and Chambers to score and put Baker on second base. �With the score tied, a wild pitch moved Baker to third base, and DH Kyle Morgan broke the tie when his double plated Baker. �A passed ball moved Morgan to third base, but he was out at home on a subsequent fielder’s choice. �That left Jesus Brito on at first base. �The River Cats tried to pick Brito off first, but made yet another throwing error (the third of the inning), and Brito ended up on third base. �Rogelios Noris doubled, and Brito scored the 4th Power run of the inning. �Power up, 6-4.

Jason Erickson pitched the 8th for the Power. �He allowed two singles, and a bunt moved the runners to second and third. �Then Erickson struck out the next two batters to end the threat. �Marc Baca pitched the 9th inning. �He gave up a single and made two wild pitches, putting a runner on third base with two outs. �A double scored that runner, but a strikeout ended the game with the Power still on top.

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