Marauders Drop Afternoon Tilt, Crush Cards in Nightcap
JUPITER, Fla. - The Marauders dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, 7-3, before blowing out the Palm Beach Cardinals in the second game, 13-1, for the twinbill split at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
With the win, the Marauders (18-20) will have a chance to salvage a series split in Sunday's finale.
The first game saw Marauders starter Po-Yu Chen (0-3) surrender five hits in a four-run first inning for Palm Beach (14-24). Four consecutive hits, including a Brady Whalen RBI-double and a Jeremy Rivas RBI-single, gave the Cardinals a quick 2-0 lead. Darlin Moquete added a two-run double, handing the Marauders a 4-0 deficit after just one frame.
Alexander Mojica clocked a two-run homer off Chris Gerard in the top of the second to pull Bradenton within two runs. In the fourth, the Marauders crept within one run, 4-3, as Bradenton collected four straight two-out singles, capped off by a Sergio Campana RBI-single. But Jase Bowen grounded into a fielder's choice, ending the threat, and leaving the tying and go-ahead runs stranded.
As the Marauders failed to capitalize on another bases-loaded threat in the fifth and left two men stranded in the sixth, the Cardinals played add-on. Reliever Darvin Garcia allowed an RBI-single to Palm Beach's Osvaldo Tovalin in the fifth and gave way to Sergio Umana, who later yielded a run-scoring single to Rivas, his second of the game. Tovalin would add a run-scoring fielder's choice grounder in the sixth to stretch Palm Beach's lead to 7-3, and the Marauders were unable to take advantage of a Fabricio Macias leadoff single in a scoreless seventh.
The Marauders went just 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the game, stranding ten baserunners.
In the second game, the Marauders turned the tables, seizing every run-scoring opportunity by going 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position in the 13-1 romp.
The third inning saw Tsung-Che Cheng deliver an RBI-triple for the game's first run, and Cardinals starter Roy Garcia (1-4) left with the bases loaded. Jase Bowen and Fabricio Macias hit back-to-back RBI-singles, and the Marauders led 3-0.
Palm Beach got on the board in the bottom of the third on a Tyler Reichenborn sacrifice fly, but would not score again. The Marauders, meanwhile, sent twelve men to the plate in a five-hit, six-run fourth inning that saw three different pitchers toe the rubber for the Cardinals. Bradenton would go on to add one run in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Wyatt Hendrie collected a season-high three hits for the Marauders, while Macias led the charge with four RBI and Cheng drove in three. All nine batters in the starting lineup reached base safely, and seven of the nine hitters drove in a run.
Marauders starter Justin Meis (3-3) struck out six and allowed just two hits across five innings, and fellow right-handers Carlos Lomeli and Yunior Thibo tossed one scoreless inning each in relief. Bradenton's pitchers retired each of the final 11 Palm Beach batters of the night.
The series concludes Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m. at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. RHP Joelvis del Rosario (1-1, 4.01 ERA) will start for the Marauders against RHP Trent Baker (2-4, 2.72 ERA) for Palm Beach.
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