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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Mercer and Harrison Lead Curve; Latimore and Holt Lead Marauders

Jeff Sues relieved Alderson to begin the 6th inning. �Sues scattered a double, two singles, and a walk over 3 innings of work, and struck out 3 Aeros, but kept them from scoring. �Danny Moskos took the final inning for the Curve, and he earned his 4th Save of the season with a scoreless 9th inning. �Alderson earned his second win of the season.

The Curve bats went pretty quiet after the 4th inning. �Harrison singled in the 5th, but was picked off first base. �Presley tripled with two outs in the 8th, and Durham was hit by a pitch, but a strikeout ended the inning. �The Akron pitchers struck out three Curve batters in order in both the 4th and the 7th innings.

Palm Beach Cardinals 8, �Bradenton Marauders 6 (box)

These two teams combined for 28 hits, but it was the last two hits by the Cardinals and a throwing error by the Marauders that made the difference. �In the top of the 10th, with the score tied at 6-6 since the 8th, Palm Beach opened the inning with a single, a stolen base, and an RBI double. �At that point, Marauder’s manager PJ Forbes got into a shouting match and was ejected. �A bunt combined with a throwing error by pitcher Noah Krol allowed an insurance run to come in too. �Krol struck out the next two batters and got a ground out to end the inning, but the damage was done. �The Marauders could not reply in the bottom of the 10th, and Palm Beach had the win.

Palm Beach got the game off to a fast start with a solo home run in the top of the 1st. �The Marauders responded with doubles by SS Brock Holt and LF Quincy Latimore to tie the score in the bottom of the inning. �DH Eric Fryer led off the bottom of the 2nd with a triple. �After two outs and a hit batter (Holt), 2B Greg Picart lined a single into right field, bringing in Fryer, and Latimore singled, bringing in Holt.

The Cardinals took the lead again with 3 runs in the top of the 3rd. �The first four batters in the inning reached base safely: �double, double, single, walk. �That gave Palm Beach one run in and the bases loaded. �A wild pitch and an RBI grounder each brought in another run, and the Cardinals had a 4-3 lead. �1B Calvin Anderson didn’t like that, so he tied the score in the bottom of the frame with a solo homer.

Each team had a double and a single in the 4th inning, but neither scored. �In the 5th, the Marauders took the lead again when CF Austin McClune walked, moved to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on C Rodolfo Cardona’s RBI single. �Palm Beach tied it again in the 6th. �Two singles off starter Aaron Pribanic, plus a balk put runners on the corners. �That was all for Pribanic, who had pitched 5.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits and a walk, with 4 strikeouts. �Casey Erickson came in for Pribanic, but the first batter he faced grounded to short, where Holt made first a fielding error, then a throwing error, allowing the run to score.

The Cardinals made it 6-5 in the top of the 8th, with two singles, two stolen bases, and a double off Erickson. �But Cardona tied it again moments later with his solo home run. �Noah Krol relieved Erickson to begin the 9th inning. �Krol gave up a walk and a single, but a timely fly out-throw out double play got the runner out at the plate to end the inning and preserve the Marauders’ chances. �C Tony Sanchez singled to lead off the bottom of the 9th, and Starling Marte came in to pinch-run. �But Marte was caught stealing, and the game went into the 10th inning, still tied at 6-6.

That set up the situation in the top of the 10th. �Erickson was charged with the Blown Save, and Krol was charged with the loss. �Brock Holt, Greg Picart, Quincy Latimore, Tony Sanchez, Calvin Anderson, and Rodolfo Cardona all had 2 hits for Bradenton, and Cardona and Latimore had 2 RBI.

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