Late Surge Lifts Marauders over Cardinals
JUPITER, Fla. - The Palm Beach Cardinals (17-8, 49 - 46) were defeated by the Bradenton Marauders, 5 - 3, in game two of this three game series at Roger Dean Stadium. After a back and forth battle between the teams, the Marauders scored one run in both the sixth and seventh inning to pull away from the Cardinals. With the loss, Palm Beach now holds a one game lead over the Marauders for first place in the Florida State League South Division.
After a scoreless first inning, the Marauders scored their first run in the top of the second inning with two outs. First baseman, Edwin Espinal sent the ball over the left field wall to put Bradenton on top, 1 - 0. Palm Beach immediately answered in the home half of the inning, tying the game off one hit and a walk. Bradenton's starting pitcher, Cody Dickson, walked leadoff man, Collin Radack. Blake Drake smacked his second double of the season down the left field line to score Radack, and advanced to third on the relay home. Drake was stranded at third to end the inning.
The next inning, Palm Beach took their only lead of the game after Robelys Reyes singled to start the inning. He advanced to second on C.J. McElroy Jr.'s groundout, and then hustled home on Danny Diekroger's first RBI of the game. In the fifth inning, Casey Turgeon scored on Diekroeger's sacrifice fly to tie the game at three.
In the top of the fifth inning, Bradenton took their second lead of the game after Austin Meadows hit a two RBI single with the bases loaded. Starting pitcher, Trey Nielsen (L, 8-6), found himself in his first jam of the game with two outs. After allowing two hits and a walk, Meadows found the gap in right centerfield to plate Espinal and Wyatt Mathisen. The Marauders scored one run in both the sixth and seventh inning to take the final lead of the game.
Once Nielsen's 5 2/3 innings of work came to an end, Steven Sabatino came into the game to pitch for one inning. Sabatino allowed one run off three hits and issued one walk. With one run already scored and runners in scoring position, Palm Beach called to the bullpen one more time to retrieve Tyler Melling. Melling pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings and allowed one base runner via walk. He struck out four in tonight's loss.
The Beach Birds will continue their home stand on Tuesday, July 21 for the series finale of this three game series against Bradenton. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. On Wednesday, Palm Beach will play host to the Lakeland Flying Tigers for a four game series. To purchase tickets, please call (561) 630-1828 or visit RogerDeanStadium.com.
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