Negrych Sparks Two Rallies; Sanchez Homers

After Rudy Owens finished his 6 innings of work, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, no walks, and 6 strikeouts, Tony Watson came on in relief. �Watson retired the side in order in the 7th, but gave up a 2-out triple, followed by a walk and an RBI single in the 8th, and the SeaWolves had the lead again, 4-3.

The Curve needed Negrych again. �Alex Presley led off the 9th with a single into left field. �Shelby Ford sacrificed Presley to second base, and Jose De Los Santos walked. �Gorkys Hernandez struck out, and the Curve were down to their final out — Negrych. �Negrych took two strikes before lashing a double into the left-center field alley, which brought in both Presley, and De Los Santos all the way from first base. �The Curve had a 5-4 lead.

Erie had one more chance, though. �Ronald Uviedo came on to pitch for the Curve. �Uviedo had made three previous appearances for the Curve, and had not allowed a hit or a run over 5 innings of work. �That streak was about to be broken. �Uviedo gave up a single, then Max St. Pierre’s second birthday homer, and the SeaWolves had the walk-off win. �Uviedo was charged with both the Blown Save and the Loss. �Matt Hague and Jim Negrych each had two hits for the Curve, and Negrych had 4 RBI.

St. Lucie Mets 10, � Bradenton Marauders 7 (box)

All but one of the Marauders had at least one hit in this game, which featured a combined 23 hits, but it wasn’t enough for the Marauders to catch up to the Mets. �The Mets attacked early, with one run in the 1st inning, and 4 more in the 2nd, aided by a home run and two errors — throwing errors by SS Brock Holt and CF Starling Marte. Starting pitcher Nate Adcock kept the Mets from scoring in the 3rd and 5th innings, but a solo home run added another run in the 4th. �Adcock left after 5 innings, having surrendered 6 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks, with 3 strikeouts.

The Marauders went into the bottom of the 4th behind 6-0, but got on a roll, scoring in each of the next 5 innings. �They had put base runners on in each of the first three innings, but had not brought anyone around. �The bottom of the 4th began with 3B Jeremy Farrell being hit by a pitch. �1B Eric Huber followed with a single, and Holt’s single brought them both across the plate. �DH Tony Sanchez blasted a solo homer in the 5th, and the Mets’ lead was cut in half. �Walks to Huber and Holt plus a single by 2B Rodolfo Cardona loaded the bases in the 6th inning, and two more walks, to Marte and Sanchez forced in two more runs. �Farrell scored again in the 7th, when he singled, moved to second when Huber walked, and continued to advance and score on two ground outs. �Finally, two singles by RF Robbie Grossman and Marte, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly by LF Quincy Latimore brought in Grossman with the Marauder’s 7th run.

The Mets were not done with their scoring, though. �They stayed ahead with 2 more runs in the 6th inning off reliever Mike Felix on two walks and a single. �Casey Erickson pitched the final three innings for the Marauders. �He kept the Mets from scoring in the 7th and 8th, but gave up 2 more runs in the 9th on two singles, two walks, and a sacrifice fly.

West Virginia Power �5, �Asheville Tourists �2 (box)

Phillip Irwin gave up two runs to Asheville in the top of the 1st inning, on a single, a double, a stolen base, and an RBI ground out. �Then the Power pitchers shut the Tourists down, allowing only 5 hits but no runs over the rest of the game. �Irwin gave up a single in the 2nd, but that runner was caught stealing. �He allowed two singles in the 3rd, then got out of that small jam with a double play. �Beginning with that double play, Irwin retired 12 straight Asheville batters, finishing his 6 innings with 2 runs on 5 hits, one walk, and 5 strikeouts. �Gabriel Alvarado finished off the Tourists with 3 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3 batters.

The Power got onto the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. �DH David Rubinstein led off with a walk, then 3B Jesus Brito singled and LF Rogelios Noris doubled, scoring Rubinstein. �A walk to RF Wes Freeman loaded the bases, and another walk to C Josue Peley forced in Brito. �2B Jarek Cunningham plated Noris with a sacrifice fly, and the Power had a 3-2 lead.

Rubinstein started another rally in the 3rd, to give the Power two insurance runs. �Rubinstein singled, but was out in a force play on Brito’s grounder to third. �Noris and Freeman also singled, with Freeman picking up the RBI as Brito scored. �Peley’s RBI single brought Noris in with the second run. �The Power had at least one runner on base in each of the remaining 5 innings, but couldn’t bring anyone around to score.

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