Bradenton Marauders �10, �Ft. Myers Miracle �4 (box)
The Marauders started scoring in the 1st inning and never looked back, as they put up 14 hits, including home runs by 1B Calvin Anderson and RF Robbie Grossman. Anderson went 4-for-4 at the plate with 4 RBI, and C Tony Sanchez went 3-for-3 with one RBI.
It was Grossman’s solo homer in the 1st that got the ball rolling. �Anderson singled to lead off the 2nd inning, and CF Austin McClune reached base on an error. �Three consecutive singles by DH Erik Huber, 2B James Skelton, and SS Brock Holt brought in three runs. �Anderson’s 2-run homer after a single by Sanchez in the 3rd made the score 6-0.
Bradenton starter Jeff Locke gave up a single and a double in the top of the 1st, but the throw in from LF Quincy Latimore, relayed by 3B Jeremy Farrell to Sanchez had the lead runner out at the plate to end the inning. �Locke zipped through the next two innings, but got into trouble in the top of the 4th. �He gave up a double, a single, a sacrifice fly, and three more doubles, bringing in 4 runs, before being relieved by Melkin Laureano.
That was all the scoring the Miracle would do, though. �Laureano finished the 4th inning, then proceeded to pitch 4 more hitless, scoreless innings. �He faced only one batter over the minimum, when he allowed a walk in the 6th. �Laureano also struck out 5 batters. �Mike Colla pitched a scoreless 9th inning, also allowing one walk.
The Marauders added 2 more runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. �Holt struck out, but strike #3 was a wild pitch, and Holt reached first base safely, then stole second base. �Grossman’s single plated Holt, while Grossman advanced to second base on the throw. �Another wild pitch moved Grossman to third base, and Sanchez’s single brought him in to score. �The Marauders had a couple of (relatively) quiet innings, then added another 2 runs in the 7th. �Sanchez led off the inning with a single, and Farrell doubled. �Both Sanchez and Farrell scored on Anderson’s fourth hit of the night.
Brock Holt was ejected in the bottom of the 8th inning, after he struck out for the third time in the game.
Altoona Curve �5, �Akron Aeros �2 (box)
Bryan Morris won his second start for the Curve, as he pitched into the 6th inning and allowed only one run on 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 6 batters. �Morris retired the first 6 batters in order, then gave up a single and a double to begin the 3rd inning. �He didn’t get rattled, though — he struck out the next two batters and got an easy ground out to get out of the jam. �Morris sailed through the 4th inning too, before allowing that lone run in the 5th. �A walk, a wild pitch, and an RBI single gave the Aeros the run. �Morris gave up a single and got two outs in the 6th, then was relieved by Tony Watson.
Watson finished the 6th inning, then gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th. �In the 8th, Watson allowed two singles and got two outs. �He was replaced by Mike Dubee, who got a ground out to end that inning, then pitched a scoreless 9th, with a walk and a single, to earn his first save.
The Curve posted 9 hits on their way to 5 runs. �They threatened in the 2nd inning, when Akron surrendered three walks, to 3B Jordy Mercer, DH Alex Presley, and C Hector Gimenez. But two strikeouts and a grounder ended the inning without the Curve being able to take advantage of the gifts. �Gimenez put the Curve onto the scoreboard in the 4th inning with a solo home run — his second homer in two days.
They added another run in the 5th. �SS Chase d’Arnaud reached base on an error to begin the inning, then stole second base. �He scored on 2B Josh Harrison’s RBI single. �Two more errors in the 6th gave the Curve their big inning. �Presley, Gimenez, and LF Jose De Los Santos led off with three consecutive singles, plating one run. �A throwing error by the Akron catcher put Gimenez on third base. �The second throwing error, by the Akron pitcher, put d’Arnaud on base and let Gimenez score. �CF Gorkys Hernandez drove in the third run on a fielder’s choice.
Gimenez and De Los Santos both had two hits in the game. �Alex Presley went 1-for-3, which dropped his batting average to .381.