Curve Shut Out, West Virginia Powers Up

West Virginia Power �13, �Hagerstown Suns 9 (box)

The Power exploded for 12 runs over three consecutive innings, with 6 runs coming in the 7th, tallying up 18 hits to overpower the Suns on Wednesday evening. �Each member of the Power lineup except SS Benji Gonzalez had at least one hit, and CF Evan Chambers led the barrage with 4 hits. �There was only one home run in the mix — a 2-run blast by 1B Aaron Baker in the 7th.

West Virginia got onto the scoreboard first, on back-to-back doubles by Chambers and 2B Jarek Cunningham to open the game. �The Suns came right back and roughed up Power starter Nate Baker with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning, on a single, two doubles, a passed ball, and an RBI ground out. �Baker was flustered, and with two outs in the 2nd inning, his own throwing error put a runner on base, then another throwing error on a pick-off attempt put the runner on third base. � A single scored that runner, then a stolen base and another single brought the score to 5-1. 1.

After a few quiet innings, the Power started to make a come-back. �Chambers began the 6th inning with a single, then a single by Aaron Baker, a triple by C Ramon Cabrera, and two more singles by 3B Jesus Brito and RF David Rubinstein gave the Power 3 runs and put them within one run of the Suns: �5-4.

The Power sent 10 batters to the plate in the 7th inning. �With one out, Chambers singled and stole second base, then scored on Aaron Baker’s 2-run homer. �A walk to LF Rogelios Noris, a single by Cabrera, a double by Brito, a single by Rubinstein, and a 2-run triple by DH Jose Hernandez gave the Power 6 more runs and a definitive 10-5 lead.

Chambers led off with a hit for the fourth time in the 8th inning, but this time he was caught stealing. �With two outs, Aaron Baker reached base on a fielding error. �Back-to-back singles by Noris and Cabrera, along with a throwing error, scored two runs. �A walk by Brito and another single by Rubinstein added the third run of the inning. �Power 13, Suns 5.

Nate Baker pitched only those first two innings, plus a single to open the 3rd inning. �He was relieved by Jason Erickson, who pitched 4 scoreless and hitless innings, allowing only a walk. �Zach Foster was next out of the bullpen. �He retired the side in order in the 7th, but gave up a 2-run homer in the 8th. �Marc Baca pitched the 9th, and gave up 2 more runs on a double, a throwing error, and another double. �Erickson was credited with the win, his second of the season.

Daytona Cubs �10, �Bradenton Marauders �6 (box)

Daytona scored in four consecutive innings, leaving the Marauders in their wake in an error-filled game on Wednesday night. �The two teams combined for 9 errors — 4 by the Cubs and 5 by the Marauders. �Three of the Bradenton errors were by SS Brock Holt. The Marauders scored first, with 3 runs in the 1st inning. �CF Robbie Grossman singled, went to second base on a throwing error, and to third on a ground out. �He scored on a passed ball. �C Tony Sanchez singled, and both 3B Jeremy Farrell and 1B Calvin Anderson both walked to load the bases. �DH Eric Fryer brought in two runs with a double, but Anderson was out at the plate on the throw in from left field. �The Power added one run in the 2nd, on a walk to RF Austin McClune, a single by 2B James Skelton, then a sacrifice bunt by Holt, and a throwing error.

Power starter Aaron Pribanic gave up one run in the 2nd on a double and two ground outs. �A walk and a double in the 4th gave Daytona a second run, but the Marauders were still leading, 4-2. �Then Daytona just kept coming. �They scored two more in the 5th, on a single, a hit batter, and two sacrifice flies complicated by a fielding error. �Pribanic was responsible for 4 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks.

Mike Felix began the 6th inning for the Marauders. �He gave up 3 earned runs on a double, a single, and a home run. �Then a walk, a passed ball, a single and a throwing error brought in the 4th run of the inning. �Tyler Cox came on to get the final out of the 6th inning. �He gave up 2 runs in the 7th, on a throwing error, a double, a sacrifice fly, and a single. �Cox settled down to pitch a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th, and Mike Colla retired the side in the 9th, but the damage was already done.




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