Harrisburg Senators 9, Altoona Curve 2
A homer by 2B Brock Holt gave the Curve their only runs in this game. In the 5th inning, 1B Miles Durham led off with a grounder that bounced off the Harrisburg pitcher, then over toward short, giving Durham time to race to first base. He was bunted to second base by starting pitcher Aaron Pribanic, then came in on Holt’s blast over the left field wall. The Curve loaded the bases after the home run (too bad that didn’t happen in the opposite order), on singles by CF Starling Marte and LF Quincy Latimore, and a walk to SS Jordy Mercer. A strikeout ended that rally without further runs scoring. The Curve managed only 3 more hits during the game. Holt also led off the top of the 1st with a single, an Marte led off the 4th with a single. C Tony Sanchez singled to begin the top of the 9th, but was erased in a double play.
Pribanic pitched 5 innings and gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and a walk, with 2 strikeouts. He gave up a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st, then chugged through the next two innings. A walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly added a run for the Senators in the 4th. Pribanic gave up a triple and another 2-run homer in the 5th. Matt McSwain pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 6th, then Tom Boleska took the mound for the last two innings. A triple and a sacrifice fly scored a run for the Senators in the 7th. In the 8th, Boleska gave up a single and a walk, then threw a wild pitch to move both runners into scoring position. A double scored the lead runner, then a wild pitch brought in the second runner from third. Another triple drove in the 3rd run of the inning, for a total of 9 for the Senators.
Tampa Yankees 5, Bradenton Marauders 2
The Marauders scored early, but couldn’t keep it going into the later innings. RF Robbie Grossman led off the top of the 1st with a line drive single into right field. He stole second, then advanced to third when the Tampa catcher threw wild to second base. After two strikeouts, 1B Aaron Baker also lined a single to right, scoring Grossman. DH Calvin Anderson began the 2nd inning with a solo home run, which temporarily tied the game. That was all the scoring the Marauders would manage. Anderson walked in the 4th, and he was the only Bradenton base runner until the 7th inning. C Ramon Cabrera singled to lead off the top of the 7th, but was caught stealing, as was Grossman, who singled again in the 8th. Cabrera also doubled in the 9th, and was left stranded.
Jeff Inman made the start for the Marauders. He gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st, on back-to-back singles, a fielding error by Grossman, an RBI ground out, and a sacrifice fly. After the Marauders tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the 2nd, Tampa took the lead again in the bottom of the 4th with a solo homer. Inman suffered the loss, allowing those 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, no walks, with 2 strikeouts.
Brett Lorin pitched two perfect innings following Inman, with three strikeouts in the 5th and three ground outs in the 6th. Duke Welker pitched the final two innings. He put two runners into scoring position in the 7th, on a single, a hit batter, and a wild pitch, but escaped the jam without allowing a run to score. Tampa scored 2 runs off Welker in the 8th. A passed ball on strike three put one runner on base, and he stole second. A walk and two singles drove in two runs.