Tampa Yankees �5, �Bradenton Marauders �2 (box)
P Jimmy Barthmaier, who has been working his way back from an injury suffered on Opening Day 2009, made his season debut with the Marauders this evening. �Barthmaier took the mound to begin the 6th inning. �He gave up a single, and that base runner stole second, then moved to third base on a ground out, and scored on a sacrifice fly. �Barthmaier hit a batter in the 7th inning, and that led to another stolen base, but a pop out and a strikeout ended the inning.
Aaron Pribanic made the start for Bradenton. �He gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and a walk, and was charged with the loss. �The first run scored in the top of the 1st, on a double, a ground out, and a sacrifice fly. �Solo homers added a run in both the 4th and the 5th, and after the homer in the 5th, three singled gave Tampa their fourth run of the game. �Tom Boleska pitched the final two innings for the Marauders, allowing only one walk.
The Marauders put runners on base in 6 of the first 8 innings, but could not get any pushed across the plate to score. �They came close in the 4th, when 3B Jeremy Farrell singled, but was forced out at second base on C Eric Fryer’s grounder. �1B Calvin Anderson also singled, moving Fryer to second base. �CF Austin McClune grounded up the middle for the third single of the inning, but Fryer was thrown out at the plate as he tried to score from second base.
The Marauders avoided the shutout in the 9th inning. �DH�Tony Sanchez led off with a single up the middle. �Then Farrell lifted a fly ball to right field that became an inside-the-park home run, giving Bradenton 2 runs.
Lexington Legends �5, �West Virginia Power �3 (box)
A 4-run 2nd inning by Lexington put the game away early. �Starter Maurice Bankston gave up all four runs on a total of 5 hits and 2 walks in his 4 innings of work, suffering his second loss of the season. �The 2nd inning began with a single and a double, then after a ground out, another single drove in the first run. �A 3-run homer followed, and the Legends had their 4 runs. �Bankston allowed only one walk over his next two innings. �He was relieved by Mike Williams in the 5th. �Williams pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing one walk in each. �Ryan Kelly also pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing a single in each. �Duke Welker gave up one run on three singles in the 9th inning.
The Power scored a run in the bottom of the 1st, on a double by CF Evan Chambers and an RBI single by RF David Rubinstein. A solo homer by DH Kyle Morgan added another run in the 2nd. �The Power went down in order in the next two innings, then had lone base runners in the 5th (LF Jose Hernandez reached on an error) and the 6th (walk to Chambers).
Morgan gave the Power their final run in the 7th inning. �He blasted a one-out triple to center field, and scored on a wild pitch. �That was all the Power managed, though, as the last 7 batters went down in order, with 5 of them by strikeouts.