Bowie Baysox� 7,� Altoona Curve� 2 …������ (box)

SS Jordy Mercer went 4-for-5 and Miles Durham blasted his 10th homer of the season, but it was not enough to overcome two 3-run innings by the Baysox.� Bowie jumped on Curve starter Jeff Locke in the 1st inning, with a walk, a single, and a 3-run homer.� The Curve got one run back in the 3rd inning, on three singles by 2B Chase d’Arnaud, 3B Josh Harrison, and Mercer.� (Mercer had also singled in the top of the 1st.)� Durham, making a rare start at first base, homered to lead off the 4th inning and bring the Curve closer, at 3-2.

But that was all the scoring the Curve would do.� They loaded the bases with two outs in the 5th, on singles by Mercer and DH Andrew Lambo and a walk by Durham, but a pop out ended the inning.� LF Jim Negrych singled in the 8th, but did not score.� Then in the top of the 9th, the Curve again loaded the bases with two outs, on three consecutive singles, by d’Arnaud, Harrison, and Mercer.� A ground out ended that inning without a run scoring.

The Baysox got to Locke again in the 4th inning.� With two outs, Locke hit former Pirates’ farmhand C Steve Lerud with a pitch, then surrendered three straight doubles, driving in three runs.� He also gave up a solo home run to open the bottom of the 5th, and the Baysox had a 7-2 advantage.� Ramon Aguero relieved Locke to begin the 6th.� He gave up a walk and a single, but did not let a run score.� Mike Colla pitched a perfect 7th inning, then Daniel Moskos pitched a scoreless 8th, allowing one walk, but erasing that runner in a double play.

Bradenton Marauders� 9,� St. Lucie Mets� 4 ..� (box)

Bradenton posted a 4-run 6th inning and took advantage of 4 errors by the Mets to take the win.� They lead the Florida State League Southern Division by 2 games over Fort Myers with 3 games left to play.� The Marauders batted around in the top of the 1st to score 3 runs.� With one out, RF Robbie Grossman walked, but was out at second base on a grounder force out by CF Starling Marte. Then LF Quincy Latimore and C Eric Fryer both singled, and combined with an error on the throw in from left field,� Marte and Latimore scored.� 1B Calvin Anderson was hit by a pitch, then 2B Adam Davis singled in Fryer from second base.� DH Jordan Newton walked, but 2B James Skelton struck out to end the inning.

The Mets got two of the runs back in the bottom of the frame.� Starter Brian Leach gaver up a single, a ground-rule double, and another single, to cut the lead to 3-2.� Each team scored one run in the 2nd inning.� SS Shelby Ford doubled, went to third base on the throw to first when the Mets’ catcher dropped Marte’s strike three, then scored when Latimore reached on a fielding error.� The Mets scored on two singles and a throwing error by Leach on a pick-off attempt.

Leach allowed just two hits over the next four innings, and erased one of those batters with a double play.� He gave up one more run in the 7th, on a double and two ground outs.

The Marauders went down in order in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, but burst out with 4 runs in the 6th.� The inning began with three consecutive singles, by Anderson, Davis, and Newton, then Skelton walked, forcing in a run.� After a pitching changes, Ford brought in Davis with a sacrifice fly, and Grossman brought in Newton with another sacrifice fly.� Marte doubled, scoring Skelton for the 4th run of the inning, and the Marauders had an 8-3 lead.� It was 8-4 going into the top of the 8th, when with two outs, Grossman reached second base on a fielding error, then scored when Marte reached on another fielding error.

Casey Erickson pitched the final two innings for the Marauders.� He gave up a single in the bottom of the 9th, but struck out a total of 3 batters.

Auburn Doubledays� 3,� State College� Spikes� 2 …��� (box)

CF Mel Rojas and 3B Kelson Brown each had 2 hits, but the Spikes couldn’t catch up to Auburn’s early lead.� Starter Tyler Waldron struggled through the 1st inning, allowing 3 runs on three doubles and a single.� He stettled down after that, giving up a single in the 2nd, but retiring the side in order over the next two innings.� He struck out the side in the 4th.� In the 5th, Waldron gave up a single, but that runner was out in a run-down that started after a fielding error by SS Drew Maggi.

The Spikes loaded the bases in the 1st inning, on a single by Rojas and walks to DH Chase Lyles and RF Cole White. A ground out ended that inning.� Brown led off the 2nd inning with a double, then advanced to third base on 2B Kevin Mort’s single.� (Mort was making his first start with the Spikes since being promoted from the GCL Pirates.)� Maggi’s sacrifice fly scored Brown.� Rojas also doubled, moving Mort to third, but they were left on base when the inning ended.� Brown led off the 4th inning with another bang — a triple into left field.� He scored on C Miguel Mendez’s RBI ground out.� Maggi also singled in that inning.

The Spikes threatened again in the 5th, when both White and LF Pat Irvine reached on back-to-back fielding errors by Auburn’s shortstop, but didn’t score.� They put two runners on base again in the 7th, on a single by Lyles and a walk to White, but a fly out ended that inning without a run scoring.

Vincent Payne relieved Waldron to begin the 6th.� He allowed one walk and hit a batter in his 3 scoreless innings.� Jason Townsend pitched the top of the 9th, and made things a little too interesting with three walks, but also got three ground outs, and kept Auburn from scoring.

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