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Alderson Struggles, Grossman Takes One For the Team

Bradenton Marauders 3, �Daytona Cubs 2 (box)

Pitching dominated in the first half of this game. �Marauders’ starter Nate Adcock held the Cubs to two singles over the first 5 innings. �The Daytona starter, Christopher Archer, held the Marauders to two walks (to CF Robbie Grossman in the 2nd, and to C Eric Fryer in the 3rd) and a hit batter (1B Calvin Anderson in the 3rd), then a single by 2B Greg Picart and an intentional walk to SS Brock Holt in the 5th — but none of those runners came around to score.

Adcock blinked first, giving up a run in the top of the 6th to break the scoreless tie. �Back-to-back singles opened the inning, and a grounder force out brought in a run. �Adcock pitched 6 innings, allowing just 4 hits and that one run, while striking out 8 batters.

The Marauders responded in the bottom of the 8th, when Holt led off with a double, and advanced to third base on Grossman’s sacrifice bunt. �LF Quincy Latimore worked a walk to put runners on the corners. �Fryer doubled into left field, and both Holt and Latimore came around to score, and the Marauders had a 2-1 lead.

Tom Boleska pitched two scoreless and hitless innings. �One batter reached on a fielding error by 1B Anderson in the 8th, but Fryer nailed him at third on an attempted steal. �Noah Krol came on to pitch the 9th, but a lead-off triple followed by an RBI single tied the game. �Krol was charged with a Blown Save, but he was still the pitcher of record in the bottom of the inning, and so earned the win when the Marauders scored again. �With one out, pinch-hitter Tony Sanchez and Greg Picart both singled, and the Marauders had runners on the corners. �Starling Marte came in to pinch-run for Sanchez on third, but it wouldn’t have mattered. �Brock Holt was intentionally walked, and Robbie Grossman was hit by a pitch to force in the winning run.

Hagerstown Suns �5, �West Virginia Power �2 (box)

Hagerstown scored 3 runs in the 1st inning and never looked back. �Kyle McPherson made the start for the Power. �He gave up a single, an RBI double, a hit batter, then a 2-RBI double for those 3 runs. �McPherson pitched the next 4 innings, scattering a walk, two singles, and another hit batter, but not allowing another run.

The Power got one run back in the 2nd. �LF Kyle Morgan reached base on a fielding error, then was forced out at second on a grounder, with C Ramon Cabrera reaching first safely. �Another fielding error put RF David Rubinstein on base, and a single by DH Jose Hernandez scored Cabrera.

Brandon Holden relieved McPherson to begin the 6th inning. �He gave up a run in that inning on a single, a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly. �A solo home run gave the Suns their 5th run in the 7th inning. �Rubinstein hit his first home run of the season to lead off the 8th, but that was all the scoring the Power would do. �Duke Welker pitched the 9th inning for the Power, giving up a walk, but then getting the next batter to bounce into a double play.

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