Palm Beach Cardinals �10, �Bradenton Marauders 6 (box)
Each member of the Marauders’ lineup had at least one hit, and LF Quincy Latimore and 1B Calvin Anderson had two each, as Bradenton posted 11 hits in this game, but couldn’t keep up with the Cardinals.
The Marauders took an early lead in the top of the 1st. �SS Brock Holt led off with a walk, RF Robbie Grossman singled, and CF Starling Marte moved them both up with a sacrifice bunt. �C Tony Sanchez brought in Holt with a sacrifice fly, and when the Cardinals’ catcher missed the catch on the throw in from the outfield, Grossman was able to move over to third base. �Three straight hits followed — a single by Latimore, a single by 3B Jeremy Farrell, and a double by Anderson, and two more runs came in, to give the Marauders a 3-run start.
Palm Beach came right back in the bottom of the inning, to score 2 runs off starter Brian Leach. A single, a hit batter, then two more singles brought in the runs. �Leach walked another batter to load the bases, but a fly out ended the inning, with Bradenton still ahead 3-2.
The Marauders loaded the bases with no outs in the 3rd inning, with singles by Latimore and Anderson and Farrell being hit by a pitch. �DH Eric Fryer grounded to third, which turned into a force out of Latimore at the plate, but 2B Greg Picart brought in a run with a sacrifice fly. �A walk and a home run by the Cardinals in the bottom of the frame tied the score at 4-4. �After the homer, a single, a stolen base, a ground out, and another hit gave Palm Beach a 5-4 lead.
Bradenton tied the score again in the 4th inning, when Starling Marte tripled and Tony Sanchez doubled him in. �That tie lasted until the bottom of the 6th. �Brian Leach had gone 3 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, with 2 strikeouts. �Mike Felix allowed only a walk over the 4th and 5th innings, but he got into trouble in the 6th. �With one out, Felix gave up a single, then picked that runner off base. �Then he gave up another single and a walk, and Felix was replaced by Mike Colla. The first batter Colla faced reached base on a throwing error by SS Holt, and two runs came in (charged to Felix, but unearned). �Another singled scored a third run, also unearned, and charged to Colla. �Cardinals 8, �Marauders 5.
One more Bradenton run scored in the top of the 8th. �Anderson led off with a walk, and a wild pitch moved him to second base. �Fryer brought Anderson home with a ground-rule double. �But Palm Beach kept going with two more in the bottom of the frame. � A walk, a single, and a 2-RBI double off reliever Noah Krol gave the Cardinals those two insurance runs.
West Virginia Power 5, �Greensboro Grasshoppers �0 (box)
Three Power pitchers combined to shut out the Grasshoppers and hold them to just 3 hits on Tuesday night. �Starter Melkin Laureano gave up those three hits, scattering them and one walk over his 6 innings of work. �He never had more than one base runner on at one time, and the closest Greensboro came to causing trouble came in the 3rd inning. �A lead-off single and a throwing error by C Josue Peley on a pick-off attempt put a runner on second base. �That runner was out at third on a fielder’s choice, and a double play ended the inning. �Maurice Bankston pitched 2 perfect innings, including 2 strikeouts. �Zach Foster pitched the 9th and put one runner on base when he hit the batter, but a double play ended that inning and the game.
The Power put up 9 hits, with 2B Adenson Chourio led the way with 3 singles, and 1B Aaron Baker and Peley had two hits each. �The first Power run came on a single by Chorio, a grounder force out by 3B Jesus Brito, and a double by Baker to bring in Brito.
CF Evan Chambers doubled with one out in the 3rd inning, and another single by Chourio and a passed ball put the two runners on third and second bases. �Baker brought both home with line drive single into right field. �Two more runs scored in the 6th inning. �With two outs, Peley singled, and SS Benji Gonzalez and Chambers both�walked to load the bases. �Chourio’s single lined into center drove in Peley and Gonzalez with the remaining Power runs.