Curve Shut Out, But Power Do The Shutting Out

Erie SeaWolves �3, �Altoona Curve �0 (box)

Three Erie pitchers worked together to keep the Curve scoreless, allowing only 6 hits. �3B Jordy Mercer and LF Alex Presley each had two hits, and 2B Josh Harrison and 1B Matt Hague added the other two hits. �Mercer singled in the 1st inning, and the Curve did not get onto the bases again until the 4th, when Mercer singled again. �Mercer was out in a force play at second base, leaving Hague at first, and then Hague was picked off base to end the inning. �There were two innings in which the Curve had more than one runner on base at the same time. �In the 6th, with one out, Harrison singled, CF Gorkys Hernandez reached on a missed catch error. �Erie brought in a reliever, who first struck out Mercer, then gave up a single to Hague to load the bases. �But DH Jim Negrych bounced to first for a ground out, and the threat ended. �The Curve had one more chance in the bottom of the 9th, when Presley singled and C Hector Gimenez walked, but pinch-hitter Kris Watts struck out to end the game.

Curve starter Justin Wilson suffered the loss. �He scattered 3 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings of work, and struck out 7 batters. �He gave up a single and a double, complicated by a fielding error by RF Miles Durham, in the 1st inning, then kept the SeaWolves from scoring for the next 5 innings. �Wilson retired the last 13 batters he faced in order. �Corey Hamman continued that string, as he set down the first 7 batters he faced after he relieved Wilson to begin the 7th inning. �With one out in the top of the 9th, Hamman hit a batter, then got another strikeout, then walked a batter. �Mike Dubee relieved Hamman, and he walked another batter to load the bases. �Then he gave up a 2-run single, giving Erie the two insurance runs, and the Curve batters could not respond.

Bradenton Marauders �6, �Charlotte Stone Crabs �1 (box)

The Marauders scored in each of the first four innings, as they posted 11 hits on Friday night. �Each member of the line-up had at least one hit, except 1B Calvin Anderson, and he scored after being hit by a pitch. �RF Robbie Grossman, C Tony Sanchez, DH Eric Fryer, and newcomer 2B James Skelton all had 2 hits each.

The Marauders got going in the 1st when Grossman reached base on a fielding error, stole second, and scored on�Sanchez’s double. �3B Jeremy Farrell walked and Anderson was hit by a pitch to lead off the 2nd inning. �Fryer’s sacrifice bunt attempt turned into a force out at third, but Anderson and Fryer advanced to third and second respectively on a wild pitch. �Skelton grounded out to first, and Anderson came in to score.

Charlotte got one run back in the bottom of the 2nd, with a double, a sacrifice bunt, and a grounder to first with a missed catch error by starter Aaron Pribanic. But Bradenton kept coming, scoring two more runs in the 3rd. �Grossman led off with a double. �CF Starling Marte brought him in with a single, then moved to second on a ground out and stole third. �LF Quincy Latimore’s sacrifice fly plated Marte, and the Marauders were ahead 4-1.

Eric Fryer added another run in the 4th, when he singled, stole second, and raced around to score on Skelton’s RBI single into right field. �He scored again in the 6th. �Fryer and Skelton led off with back-to-back singles, and SS Brock Holt sacrifice bunted them to third and second bases. �Grossman’s RBI single brought in Fryer.

Pribanic pitched well over his 7 innings, allowing that one run on 4 hits, no walks, while striking out 6 batters. �He worked around runners on base in most innings, but after a lead-off double in the 5th, he retired the last 9 batters he faced in order. �Casey Erickson and Noah Krol each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to finish the game for the Marauders.

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