Bradenton Marauders� 8,� Jupiter Hammerheads� 7 (box)
The Marauders and the Hammerheads were not having a pitching duel like the Curve and the Sea Dogs were.� Instead, they were having an error duel and a hit-fest.� The two teams combined for 8 errors (as many errors and the Curve and the Sea Dogs had hits) and 27 hits.� CF Starling Marte led the way with 3 hits and 2 RBI.� 3B Jeremy Farrell and C Eric Fryer each had 2 hits.� While the Marauders posted 8 runs, they had only 3 RBI, with their other 5 runs being unearned.
The Marauders batted around and scored 5 runs in the wild 3rd inning, aided by four throwing errors by Jupiter.� DH Austin McClune and SS Shelby Ford led off with back-to-back singles.� RF Robbie Grossman reached base on the first throwing error, loading the bases.� Starling Marte’s single scored McClune.� A wild pitch and a throwing error by the catcher allowed Ford and Grossman to score.� LF Quincy Latimore reached on the third throwing error, and the fourth throwing error was also made on the play, allowing both Marte and Latimore to score.� All that happened before an out was recorded.� Jeremy Farrell also singled, then the error gremlins took a break and let the Hammerheads get three outs to end the inning.
Marte doubled in a run after Grossman singled in the 4th inning.� Jupiter’s fifth error of the game aided the Marauders to score two more unearned runs in the 5th.� Latimore reached on a fielding error, then Fryer doubled and 1B Erik Huber singled, plating Latimore.� A wild pitch brought Fryer across the plate, to give the Marauders an 8-0 lead.
All the scoring in the late innings was done by the Hammerheads.� Starter Tim Alderson retired the side in the 1st inning, but had to work his way out of jams in the next four innings to keep Jupiter from scoring.� He loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the 2nd, but got a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.� He worked around two lead-off singles in the 3rd, and worked around a single and a batter reaching on an error in the 4th.� Alderson’s luck ran out in the 5th.� The inning began with a single, a triple, and two more singles, which brought in two runs.� an error and a sacrifice fly added another run, cutting the Bradenton lead to 8-3.
Tyler Cox relieved Alderson, and he surrendered 2 runs in the 6th, on two walks, two ground outs, and an RBI single.� Cox was also responsible for a run in the 7th, coming on two singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.� That further cut the Marauders’ lead to 8-6.� Diego Moreno finished the 7th for Cox, then retired the side in order in the 8th.� Noah Krol earned his 29th save of the season, despite giving up a run in the 9th. Krol struck out the first two batters he faced, then gave up three singles, complicated by a fielding error.� Finally a ground out ended the inning before the Hammerheads could catch up.
Asheville Tourists� 10,� West Virginia� 6 (box)
This hit-fest was too one-sided, as the Tourists just kept pounding away at the Power pitchers.� Quinton Miller lasted only into the 4th inning, allowing 6 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks.� He gave up 3 runs in the 1st on two doubles and two singles, then another run in the 2nd on a single, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly.� Miller loaded the bases in the 3rd, with a double, a single, and a walk, but escaped that jam with a strikeout and a timely double play.� The 4th inning began with two singles and a double, for 2 more runs.� After a walk, Miller was relieved by Marc Baca. Baca retired the first 4 batters he faced, then began the 6th with a walk.� A second walk and two singles added 2 runs to the Tourists’ total.� Gabriel Alvarado took over for Baca to begin the 7th.� He retired the first 6 batters he faced, but began the 9th by hitting two batters.� A single drove in the Tourists’ 9th run, and a sacrifice fly added the 10th.
The Power had runners on base in every inning but the 8th, but could not capitalize on their hits, nor on 9 walks and 2 errors by the Tourists.� C Ramon Cabrera singled three times but scored only once.� 2B Jarek Cunningham tripled and singled, and CF David Rubinstein and RF Jose Hernandez each had 2 RBI.
The first Power runs scored in the 3rd.� Back-to-back walks to Cunningham and Hernandez opened the inning.� A wild pitch moved both into scoring position, and Cunningham came in on LF Rogelios Noris’ sacrifice fly.� Cabrera also walked, and Rubinstein plated both Hernandez and Cabrera with his triple.� At that point, the score was 4-3, and the Power were still in the game.
Asheville scored 2 runs in the top of the 4th, and the Power came back with 2 of their own in the bottom of the frame.� The inning began with the Power loading the bases on walks to both Gonzalezes (SS Benji Gonzalez and DH Elevys Gonzalez), then a single by Cunningham.� Hernandez’s sacrifice fly and an RBI ground out by 1B Aaron Baker brought in the Gonzalezes, and the score was 6-5.� When the Tourists added 2 more runs in the top of the 6th, the Power responded with a run on Elevys Gonzales’ double and Cunningham’s triple in the bottom of the 6th. � The Tourists were ahead 8-6.� Two more insurance runs in the top of the 9th, and the Tourists had the win.
Jamestown Jammers� 5,� State College Spikes� 4 (box)
Two runs in the top of the 9th gave Jamestown a come-from-behind win over the Spikes.� The two teams had traded the lead back and forth already in the game.� The Spikes began the scoring with one run in the 2nd inning.� 3B Chase Lyles was hit by aa pitch, and he scored on singles by 2B Kelson Brown and DH Gerlis Rodriguez. They added a second run in the 3rd, when SS Gift Ngoepe walked, advanced to second base on a passed bal, then scored on RF Adalberto Santos’ RBI single.
A lead-off home run gave Jamestown their first run in the top of the 4th, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Spikes.� Jamestown took the lead in the 6th on a 2-run homer:� 3-2.� The Spikes answered with their own 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th.� Lyles doubled, LF Pat Irvine walked, and Brown doubled, driving in both Lyles and Irvine.� Spikes up, 4-3.
Zach Von Rosenberg pitched 5 innings and allowed one run on 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6 batters.� Casey Sadler pitched the 6th inning and gave up the 2-run homer, as well as a walk and another single.� Justin Ennis pitched two scoreless innings, the 7th and 8th, including striking out the side in the 8th, as the Spikes clung to their slim lead.� But Ennis suffered the loss when he began the 9th inning with a single, a double, and two more singles, for 2 runs.� That gave the Jammers the lead again, 5-4.� Ryan Beckman releied Ennis to finish the inning with a strikeout and a double play.� The Spikes went down in order in the bottom of the 9th, and Jamestown had the win.
GLC Yankees� 7,� GCL Pirates� 6 (box)
A 6-run outburst in the 7th inning gave the Yankees a lead they would not give up, despite a late-inning rally by the Pirates.� CF Junior Sosa gave the Pirates a run in the 1st inning without a hit being recorded, when he walked, stole second base, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on another ground out, with 3B Eric Avila picking up the RBI.� The Pirates could not capitalize on a bases-loaded situation in the 2nd inning — C Elias Diaz reached on a fielding error, 1B Michaelangel Trinidad singled, and 2B Luis Solano walked, but a fly out by Sosa ended the inning.� They did score again in the 3rd, when Trinidad lined a double into right field, plating Avila, who had singled, and Diaz, who had walked.
Starter Joely Rodriguez faced just the minimum over the first three innings.� He gave up a single in the 3rd, but picked that runner off base.� The only other hit Rodriguez allowed was a solo homer to lead off the 4th inning.� He had to work around two base runners in the 5th, when his infield committed two fielding errors to put the runners on.
The Pirates held the 3-1 lead until the top of the 7th.� Yeyber Sanchez retired the side in the 6th, and began the 7th with a strikeout.� A walk and a throwing error by Sanchez put two runners on, then Sanchez got another strikeout.� After that, it got ugly.� A wild pitch and two walks forced in a run, then a single drove in two more runs.� Sanchez was relieved by Fraylin Campos, but the first batter Campos faced smacked a 3-run homer, and the Yankees had a 7-3 lead.
The Pirates rallied in the bottom of the 8th, beginning with LF Ping-Hung Chi reaching on an error.� Avila doubled, and RF Exicardo Cayonez was hit by a pitch to load the bases.� Diaz grounded to short, and the Yankees went to start a double play.� Cayonez was forced out at second, but the relay throw to first went wild (error) and both Chi and Avila were able to score.� Trinidad singled, bringing in Diaz, and the Pirates were within one run, 7-6.� But with a new reliever, the Yankees were able to get SS Kevin Mort to bounce into an inning-ending double play.� The Pirates had one last chance in the 9th.� Sosa walked with two outs, but was caught stealing to end the game.