Spikes’ and Pirates’ Bats Are Booming

Delmarva Shorebirds� 8,� West Virginia Power� 1 (box)

The Power started off hot, but quickly went cold in this loss.� 2B Jarek Cunningham doubled in the top of the 1st, and scored on LF Rogelios Noris’ RBI single.� Noris stole second base, too.� But then the Power went down in order in the next two innings.� Noris singled again and stole second again (his 4th of the season) in the 4th, but was left stranded there.� After that single, the next 10 Power batters went down in order.� C Ramon Cabrera and 1B Kyle Morgan both singled in the 7th, but did not come around to score, and the last 7 Power batters also were retired in order.

Brandon Holden pitched 5 innings, and allowed 7 runs on 9 hits and a walk, including 3 home runs.� A lead-off solo homer tied the score in the bottom of the 1st, and another lead-off homer gave the Shorebirds a 2-1 lead in the 2nd.� A double, a throwing error, a wild pitch, and two singles added two more runs in the 3rd.� A single, a triple, and a 3-run home run in the 5th gave the Shorebirds a 7-1 lead.

Ryan Kelly took over to begin the 6th, and pitched a 1-2-3 inning, including 2 strikeouts, in that inning.� In the 7th, he gave up the Shorebirds final run with a single, a hit batter, and another single.� Brett Lorin pitched the 8th, allowing 2 hits, but also struck out 2 batters.

Bradenton Marauders� 1,� Clearwater Threshers� 0 (box)

The Marauders were out-hit 5-3, but the Marauders needed only one hit to score the only run of the game in the 3rd inning.� With one out, CF Robbie Grossman walked and stole second base.� LF Quincy Latimore singled, moving Grossman to third base, and Latimore also stole second base.� 1B Calvin Anderson picked up the RBI with a grounder to third, allowing Grossman to score.

That was all it took.� Grossman and 3B Adam Davis had the other two hits, both singles.� Grossman’s was in the 1st, and he was left stranded.� Davis’s single came in the 6th, and he was left on base also.� Grossman was hit by a pitch in the 5th.� C James Skelton and RF Austin McClune both walked with two outs in the 2nd, but a strikeout ended the inning.� McClune also walked in the 4th, but was caught stealing.

Brian Leach earned his 4th win of the season with 5 shutout innings, scattering all 5 of the Threshers’ hits, but no walks.� He struck out 6 batters, including the side in the 3rd.� Duke Welker allowed just a walk in his scoreless 6th, and that runner was caught stealing.� Casey Erickson pitched 2 perfect innings, and Noah Krol earned his league-leading 22nd save with three ground outs in the 9th.

GCL Pirates� 12,� GCL Yankees� 5 (box)

The Pirates racked up 12 runs on 15 hits ths afternoon and took advantage of 3 Yankees’ errors.� SS Jorge Bishop led the charge with two doubles and a triple, and 5 RBI.� RF Junior Sosa also had 3 hits, with 3 RBI, and 2B Brian Friday (on a rehab assignment), DH Luis Solano, and 1B Dylan Child all recorded 2 hits.

The Pirates began the game with a walk to Brian Friday and an RBI double by Jorge Bishop.� The Yankees responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the 1st, then three more runs in the 2nd.� Pirates’ starter Bryce Weidman hit the first two batters of the inning, then gave up a 2-RBI single and an RBI double.

The Pirates came right back with 3 runs in the top of the 3rd to tie the game again.� Sosa singled and stole second base, then Bishop walked and CF Exicardo Cayonez was hit by a pitch to load the bases.� 3B Eric Avila’s double brought in both Sosa and Bishop, and a passed ball allowed Cayonez to score.� The Pirates took the lead in the top of the 4th.� Friday led off with a single, moved to second on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch.� He scored easily on Sosa’s single.� Sosa stole second base, and scored on Bishop’s triple.� Bishop came in on a sacrifice fly by Cayonez, and the Pirates had a 7-4 lead.

Shen-Cin Hong took over for Weidman to begin the 3rd inning.� He worked around a lead-off single in the 3rd, then allowed a run to score in the 4th on a single, a stolen base, a ground out, and a wild pitch.� That was the last run the Yankees would allow.� Hong gave up a single and a double in the 5th, but got out of the jam.� Jarryd Sullivan pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing only two singles, then Rinku Singh pitched the final inning.� Singh loaded the bases with a single and two walks, but a grounder force out got him out of that jam.

The Pirates continued scoring later in the game.� C Joey Schoenfeld walked to begin the 7th, then went to second base on a passed ball.� Child singled, putting runners on the corners.� LF Ping-Hung Chi grounded into a force out (Child out at second), but the Yankees did not get a double play, and Schoenfeld scored.� Chi stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error on the stolen base.� Sosa’s single plated Chi, giving the Pirates a 9-4 lead.� Chi and 2B Kevin Mort both walked to begin the 9th, and another throwing error put Sosa on board to load the bases.� Bishop cleared the bases with a double into center field, and the Pirates had 12 runs.

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