Bradenton Marauders 9, �Charlotte Stone Crabs 2 (box)
The Marauders jumped out to an early lead with 5 runs in the 2nd inning and never looked back. �Ten batters came to the plate in the 2nd, beginning and ending with DH Tony Sanchez. Sanchez started the fun with a walk, then 3B Jeremy Farrell doubled, and 1B Calvin Anderson singled, scoring Sanchez. �C Eric Fryer brought in Farrell with a sacrifice fly. �RF Erik Huber and Brock Holt both singled, with Holt’s plating Anderson. �CF Robbie Grossman walked to load the bases, then LF Quincy Latimore wrapped up the scoring with a 2-RBI single.
Tony Sanchez added a run in the 5th with a solo homer. �Another run came across the plate in the 7th, when Latimore singled, Sanchez walked, and Farrell doubled to bring in Latimore. �Brock Holt’s 2-run homer in the 8th, after 2B Greg Picart’s single, gave the Marauders a 9-0 lead.
Starter Bryan Morris pitched 7 shut-out innings for Bradenton, allowing 4 hits, no walks, and striking out 7 batters. �His ERA stands at 0.98. �Casey Erickson relieved Morris to begin the 8th. �He worked around a single in that inning. �The 9th began with a double, a single, and then two more singles, scoring one run. �A second run came in on a fielding error by Erickson before he ended the inning with a line out.
Greenville Drive 4, �West Virginia Power �3 (box)
A fielding error by 2B Jarek Cunningham allowed Greenville to score the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. �With Maurice Bankston on the mound for the Power, the lead-off batter in the 9th singled, advanced to second base on a balk, and stole third base. �A fly ball to center was too short to let the runner tag up and score, but he did come in on the error.
Greenville scored the first run in the 2nd inning, on two doubles. �Power starter Hunter Strickland gave up singles in the 1st and 4th innings, but erased those runners with double plays. �He retired the side in order in the 3rd and 5th, but got into trouble in the 6th. �Three consecutive singles and a throwing error opened the inning, and brought in one run. �Another run scored on a double play.
The Power were struggling at the plate against Greenville starter Kendal Volz. �Volz retired the first 11 Power batters in order, until 3B Jesus Brito picked up the first Power hit and run with a solo homer in the 4th. �They added another run in the 6th, after Volz was done for the night. �SS Benji Gonzalez walked and moved to second base on a wild pitch. �Another walk to CF Evan Chambers and another wild pitch put the two runners on second and third bases. �Jarek Cunningham grounded to third, scoring Gonzalez, and a throwing error by the Drive third baseman left Chambers on third and Cunningham on second. �That was all the scoring the Power would do in that inning. �They tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the 8th, on a double by C Ramon Cabrera, a sacrifice bunt by Gonzalez, and an RBI single by Chambers.
Brandon Holden relieved Strickland, making his first appearance of the 2010 season. �Holden finished the 6th inning with a ground out, then pitched a scoreless 7th, allowing a walk and striking out 2 batters. �Maurice Bankston pitched the 8th inning, and put runners on the corners with a single, a stolen base, a passed ball, and then a walk. �But he also struck out three batters, two with the runners on the corners, to get out of the inning. �He was not so fortunate in the 9th, though, and he was charged with the loss, his first of the season.
The Power recorded just 3 hits in the game: �the double by Cabrera, and singles by Chambers and Brito.