Bradenton moved within one game of winning their first Florida State League title last night, while Altoona lost their series to Akron, ending their playoffs. Both teams got great pitching with eight shutout innings from Mitch Keller and seven scoreless frames from Brandon Waddell. The difference was that the Marauders continued to hit, while Altoona didn't hit at all. Bradenton is hitting .324 in the playoffs with nine homers, including three each from Jordan Luplow and Connor Joe. Altoona hit .256 with four homers in their four games, with two each from Anderson Feliz and Stetson Allie. Three of those homers came in the first game.

So now all eyes will be on Bradenton tonight. I know more people will be interested in the Gerrit Cole outing tonight, specifically to see how he rebounds ...

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