Hernandez Homers, Owens Wins #6

Lakewood Flying Tigers �3, �Bradenton Marauders �0 (box)

The Marauders were held to just 3 hits in this shut-out loss. �Singles by 3B Jeremy Farrell, 1B Calvin Anderson, and 2B Greg Picart, who was fresh off the disabled list, were all the offense Bradenton could come up with. �LF Quincy Latimore, was the only Marauder to reach second base, when he got on due to a throwing error in the 1st inning and was able to steal second base. �The only other to get on base was CF Robbie Grossman, when he grounded into a force out after Picart singled in the 6th — Picart was forced out at second and Grossman was safe at first on the fielder’s choice.

Starter Brian Leach surrendered 9 hits, though the 3 hits he gave up were all unearned. �In the 2nd inning, with 2 outs, a throwing error by Picart put a runner on first. �Three consecutive singles followed, driving in one run. �A passed ball brought in a second run, and two walks forced in a third run before Leach could get a strikeout to end the inning.

C Eric Fryer kept Leach out of more trouble by throwing out two base runners trying to steal second base. �Tyler Cox pitched 3 scoreless innings and allowed just one single, but also had to work around runners on base due to a throwing error by Farrell at third and a hit batter.

C Tony Sanchez was reported to be feeling better, though still not completely back to normal after being hit in the head by a pitch on Thursday. �He was not found to have a concussion when examined, but did not play on Friday and might sit out a bit more.

West Virginia Power �4, �Lexington Legends �3 (box)

The Power did all their damage in the top of the 1st, then just had to hang on and hold off the Legends for the rest of the game. �West Virginia sent 8 batters to the plate in the 1st, as they scored 4 unearned runs. �With one out, 2B Jarek Cunningham reached base on a fielding error by the Legends’ first baseman. �RF David Rubinstein singled, and 1B Aaron Baker was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. �A grounder force out by C Ramon Cabrera allowed Cunningham to score. �LF Rogelios Noris was hit by a pitch, loading the bases again. �3B Jesus Brito cleared the bases with a triple lined into right field, and the Power had a 4-0 lead.

Starter Kyle McPherson pitched 6 innings in his 4th win, as he struck out 5 batters. �That run came in the 4th, when he gave up a lead-off triple and the run scored on an RBI grounder. �McPherson scattered 3 other hits and one walk, and only had more than one runner on base in the 1st inning, with two of the singles. �Mike Williams added two scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th, allowing another triple, but leaving that runner standing on third base. �Duke Welker came on to pitch the 9th, and he had issues with his control. �After getting a fly out, Welker walked four straight batters, forcing in one run. �He was replaced by Marc Baca, who gave up a single, which drove in the third Lexington run (charged to Welker). �Baca ended the threat with a timely double play.

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