Locke Wins Curve Debut; Latimore’s Walk-Off Homer

Bradenton Marauders� 4,� Clearwater Threshers� 3 (box)

For the second night in a row, the Marauders had a walk-off win.� Tonight, the walk-off came on a 2-run homer by LF Quincy Latimore. The Marauders went into the bottom of the 9th behind 3-2.� Rehabbing SS Brian Friday reached base on a fielding error by the Clearwater shortstop, and advanced to second base on CF Robbie Grossman’s ground out.� Latimore followed with a blast over the left field wall, giving Bradenton the win.

The Marauders had at least base runner in all but one inning.� They scored first in the game, on Grossman’s solo home run in the 3rd inning.� In the 6th, C James Skelton was hit by a pitch, then came around to score on singles by RF Austin McClune and 2B Jose De Los Santos.

Clearwater scored their 3 runs in the 4th.� Aaron Pribanic had worked around a single and an error in the 1st inning, and then gave up a double in the 2nd.� He retired the side in the 3rd.� In the 4th inning, after a strikout, Pribanic gave up a single, followed by a 2-run home run.� The next batter singled, then promptly stole both second and third bases.� A walk put runners on the corners, and a wild pitch brought in the third run.

Tom Boleska pitched the 7th and 8th innings, giving up a run in each.� The runner in the 7th inning was caught stealing.� Tyler Cox took over for the 9th, and he also gave up a walk, but kept the Threshers from scoring.� Cox was the pitcher of record in the bottom of the 9th when Latimore homered, so he was credited with the win.� Latimore and McClune each had 2 hits.� Friday went 0-for-4, with a walk and a run scored.

Delmarva Shorebirds� 3,� West Virginia Power� 2 (box)

The Shorebirds came from behind with 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to take the win.� Both teams recorded donuts for the first 5 innings.� The Power had only one hit in those 5 innings — a single by C Ramon Cabrera in the 2nd.� 3B Jesus Brito also walked in the 2nd, and both Brito and RF Jose Hernandez walked in the 5th.� 1B Aaron Baker was hit by a pitch and stole second base in the 4th.

2B Jarek Cunningham led off the 6th with a triple, and DH David Rubinstein added a ground-rule double to put the Power on the scoreboard.� They added another run in the 8th, when Cunningham led off with a single.� Rubinstein grounded into a force out of Cunningham at second, leaving Rubinstein at first.� Baker was again hit by a pitch (by a different Delmarva pitcher).� After a pitching change and a strikeout, Cabrera slipped a single into left field, and Rubinstein scored to give the Power a 2-0 lead.

Jason Erickson kept the Shorebirds scoreless for his 5 innings of work.� He retired the side in the 1st inning, then gave up a double in each of the next three innings.� In the 5th, Erickson gave up a single.� Mike Williams relieved Erickson to begin the 6th.� He pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 6th, and gave up a walk and a single in the 7th, but still did not allow a run.� Gabriel Alvarado came in for the 8th. After a single and two outs, Alvarado surrendered a double and three consecutive singles, bringing in 3 runs for the Shorebirds and giving them a 3-2 lead.� The Marauders got a single from SS Benji Gonzalez, who stole second base, then a walk by Jarek Cunningham in the 9th, but could not get them around to score.

Connecticut Tigers� 2,� State College Spikes� 1 (box)

Pitching dominated this evening in Connecticut.� The Spikes posted 4 hits and the Tigers posted 6, and all the scoring took place in the first third of the game.� Quinton Miller made his third and longest start for the Spikes, going 5 innings.� He gave up two unearned runs in the bottom of the 1st inning.� With one out, Miller gave up back-to-back singles.� The next batter reached on a throwing error by 2B Andy Vasquez, as the lead runner scored.� A sacrifice fly brought in the second run, before a grounder force out ended the inning.� Miller went on to pitch 4 scoreless innings.� He gave up just one more single, and quickly erased that runner with a double play.

Mitch Fienemann pitched 2 scoreless innings next.� He gave up two singles in the 6th, one of which was erased with another double play.� The lead-off runner in the 7th singled, and he too was removed with the third Spikes’ double play.� Justin Ennis retired the Tigers in order in the bottom of the 8th.

Two Spikes’ batters collected two hits each — all the hits the Spikes had.� 1B Gerlis Rodriguez singled and doubled, and he also walked.� C Miguel Mendez singled twice.� The Spikes loaded the bases with two outs in the 2nd inning, on Rodriguez’ walk, Mendez’s first single, and another walk to CF Kyle Saukko. A strikeout ended the inning, leaving all three on base.� They did score in the next inning, when DH Matt Curry worked a walk with 2 outs.� Curry stole second base, then scored on Rodriguez’s double.� The next 11 Spikes batters were retired in order, then Mendez singled in the 7th.� The Spikes made one last try in the 9th.� Rodriguez singled to lead off, but a bunt attempt by 3B Kelson Brown turned into a force out at second, with Brown safe at first.� A wild pitch put Brown on second base, but that’s as far as he got before the inning and the game ended.

GCL Phillies� 4,� GCL Pirates� 2 ..��������� (box)

3B Eric Avila, C Elias Diaz, and SS Kevin Mort had two hits each in this afternoon’s game.� The Pirates started the game with a double by Avila, a ground out to move him to third, and an RBI single into left field by Diaz, scoring Avila.� The Phillies came right back with a run in the bottom of the inning on three singles and a throwing error.

Pirates’ starter James Archibald held the Phillies scoreless over the next two innings, despite three more singles.� Joan Montero took over to begin the 4th inning, and after a strikeout, he gave up a walk and a stolen base.� One more out, then two singles and a double brought in three runs, to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead.

The Pirates got one of the runs back in the 5th, beginning with a single by Mort.� A wild pitch sent Mort running for second base, and when the throw from the Phillies’ catcher got past the shortstop, Mort continued on to third base.� 2B Luis Solano’s grounder to first brought in Mort with the Pirates’ second run.� That was all the scoring the Pirates would do, though.� They came close in the 7th inning, when Mort and DH Michaelangel Trinidad led off with back-to-back singles, and Mort went to third on Trinidad’s hit.�� Solano grounded to third, and Mort headed for the plate, but was thrown out on the fielder’s choice.

Montero was charged with the loss, his first with the Pirates.� Barrett Phillips pitched the last two innings for the Pirates. He gave up a walk and a single in each inning, but did not allow a run to score.

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