Bradenton Marauders 7, �Charlotte Stone Crabs 5 (box)
3B Jeremy Farrell recorded 3 hits — two doubles and a homer — to lead the Marauder’s offensive attack over the Stone Crabs on Saturday. �Each team collected 10 hits, with SS Brock Holt, C Eric Fryer, and RF Austin McClune accounting for two hits each.
Farrell got the Marauders on the scoreboard with his solo home run in the 2nd inning. �Charlotte came right back against starter Nate Adcock in the bottom of the inning with one run on a double, a hit batter, and another double. �Bradenton loaded the bases in the next inning, on a double by Holt, a walk to LF Robbie Grossman, and a fielding error that put CF Starling Marte on base. �But a pop up ended the inning without a run scoring, and�Charlotte took a 2-1 lead with a solo homer in the 3rd.
The Marauders responded with 6 more runs over the next 3 innings. �Two runs scored in the 4th, started by Farrell’s double. �A single by Fryer scored Farrell, and a single by McClune and a grounder RBI by 2B Greg Picart scored Fryer. �A walk to DH Tony Sanchez followed by Farrell’s second double of the game added a run in the 5th. �Two doubles and two errors by Charlotte gave Bradenton 3 runs in the 6th. �Fryer and McClune hit back-to-back doubles, scoring Fryer, and a fielding error moved McClune to third base. �Picart’s sacrifice fly scored McClune from third. �Holt walked, then moved to second on a ground out by Grossman. �Charlotte’s second error of the inning, a throwing error by the shortstop on a grounder by Marte, allowed Holt to score from second base, and the Marauders were ahead 7-2.
Charlotte got the three runs back in the bottom of the frame. �Three singles and a strikeout began the inning for the Stone Crabs, and Adcock was relieved by Mike Colla. The first batter Colla faced doubled into center field, clearing the bases, and cutting the lead to 7-5.
The Marauders loaded the bases again in the 7th inning, when 1B Calvin Anderson was hit by a pitch, Fryer walked, and McClune reached on another Charlotte error. �This time a strikeout and a grounder force out ended the threat without a run scoring. �The Marauders went down in order in the last two innings. �Diego Moreno pitched two scoreless innings, marred only by a fielding error by Anderson, then Noah Krol finished up with a perfect 9th inning to earn his 7th save.
West Virginia Power �3, �Kannapolis Intimidators �2 (box)
DH Jose Hernandez‘s three doubles and LF Rogelios Noris’ third home run in as many days kept the Power from being Intimidated. �The Power scored first with 2 runs in the 2nd inning. �Noris led off with his 4th home run of the season. �Two outs later, a double by Hernandez and a triple by RF Wes Freeman added another run. �Hernandez doubled again in the 4th, and 1B Aaron Baker also doubled in the 5th, but neither scored.
Gabriel Alvarado made the start for the Power. �He got out of a bases loaded jam (single and two walks) in the 2nd inning, and worked around two singles in the 3rd. �Kannapolis tied the score at 2-2 in the 5th. �With out one, a fielding error by 2B Jarek Cunningham put a runner on, and after a stolen base and a ground out, the runner was on third. �A hit batter followed by a double brought in the two runs. �Jason Erickson relieved Alvarado, and he gave up a walk, but ended the inning without allowing another run to score. �Erickson pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 6th, then gave way to Duke Welker.
The Power broke the tie in the 6th inning. �C Ramon Cabrera singled to lead off the inning and a passed ball moved him to second base. �A fielding error on Hernandez’s attempt to go 4-for-4 put Cabrera on third and Hernandez on second base. �Then Freeman’s sacrifice fly scored Cabrera to give the Power the lead.
Duke Welker walked two batters in the 7th, but pitched two scoreless innings. �Zach Foster pitched a scoreless 9th, allowing only one hit, earning his 3rd save.