Grossman’s Lead-Off Homer; Power Are Two-Hit

St. Lucie Mets  6,  Bradenton Marauders  5

RF Robbie Grossman led the Marauders with 3 hits, including the Marauders’ first ever lead-off home run, but it was not enough to get the win.  Grossman homered to open the game.  The Mets took the lead in the bottom of the fram on a single, a double, and a single off Marauders’ starter Quinton Miller.  The Marauders came right back with 3 runs in the top of the 2nd.  C Travis Scott, in his first game with the Marauders, began the rally with a single into center field.  LF Adalberto Santos also singled, then SS Benji Gonzalez drove in both with a triple.  Grossman’s second hit, an RBI single brought in Gonzalez to give the Marauders a 4-2 lead.  

Miller gave up 2 hits over the next 3 innings.  In the 5th, he gave up a pair of doubles, along with a stolen base and an RBI ground out gave the Mets 2 runs to tie the score.  Jason Erickson took over for Miller to begin the 6th, and he gave up a go-ahead run.  A double, a walk, and a single loaded the bases, and a hit batter forced in the run.  The Marauders tied the score again in the top of the 7th on 2B Jarek Cunningham’s 7th homer of the season.  

Porfirio Lopez pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the 7th and worked around a single in the 8th.  The Marauders went down in order in the 8th.  Grossman picked up his third hit of the game in the top of the 9th, but was picked off first base.  CF Evan Chambers reached on a throwing error but was left on base.  The score was still tied going into the bottom of the 9th, as Diego Moreno took over on the mound.  He gave up a double, then an RBI single for the walk-off win.  

Hagerstown Suns  3,  West Virginia Power  1

The Power were held to just 2 hits — a single by 2B Gift Ngoepe to lead off the bottom of the 1st, and a double by LF Rogelios Noris in the 6th.  After Ngoepe singled and stole second base in the 1st, the next three batters were retired RF Dan Grovatt walked to begin the 2nd inning, but was picked off and caught stealing.  The Power were retired in order until the 6th.  With one out, Noris doubled, then Ngoepe reached on a fielder’s choice, sending Noris to third base.  Ngoepe again stole second base, then a wild pitch allowed Noris to score the Power’s only run.

Zack Von Rosenberg gave up all three Suns’ runs in the top of the 2nd.  A walk, a stolen base, and a single drove in the first run, then a 2-run homer finished the Suns’ scoring.  Von Rosenberg had two base runners on in the 4th, with a walk and a catcher’s interference, but he got out of that inning with a double play.  Bryce Harper singled to lead off the 6th, but was out trying to stretch it into a double, when RF Grovatt threw to SS Drew Maggi for the tag out.  Kevin Decker took over for Von Rosenberg to begin the 7th.  He allowed 3 hits over 2 scoreless innings.  Zach Foster gave up a single and a walk in the 9th, but ended the inning with a double play.  

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