Walk-Off Bunt Lifts Jupiter to Extra-Innings Win
JUPITER, Fla. - Noah Perio's one-out bunt in the 10th inning scored Ryan Goetz from third base, propelling the Jupiter Hammerheads (31-35, 67-67) to a wild 5-4 win over the Bradenton Marauders (29-32, 55-74) Wednesday night at Roger Dean Stadium.
The 10-inning thriller marked Jupiter's eighth win in 19 extra-innings games, and was the Hammerheads' 10th walk-off win this season.
Bradenton got to Hammerheads' starter Scott Lyman early, plating a run in the first and second innings. They added two more in the third thanks to three straight hits and a run-scoring groundout to leadoff the inning.
The Marauders' offense was silenced thereafter, as Lyman and relievers Tyler Higgins and Frank Reed combined to retire 18 straight batters. Jacob Stallings was the only Bradenton player to reach base after the third inning, walking with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Lyman - who entered Wednesday night's game with a 15.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak - allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings. He struck out two, walked one and threw 53 of 95 pitches (56 percent) for strikes.
Lyman has now allowed 13 earned runs in six starts with the Hammerheads. Nine have scored in the third inning.
Zack Dodson tossed five shutout innings for Bradenton, allowing just three hits while striking out six. Four left-handers in the Hammerheads' lineup combined to go 1-for-12 against the Marauders' southpaw, who has held opposing lefties to a .206 (21-for-102) batting clip this season.
A 25-minute rain delay chased Dodson from the game in the bottom of the sixth. Zack Von Rosenberg worked around a two on, none out jam in the sixth, and pitched a scoreless seventh to send Bradenton to the eight with a 4-0 lead.
Right-hander Kirk Singer was then summoned from the 'pen to face a Hammerheads squad that entered Wednesday night with a 6-50 record when trailing after the seventh inning.
After Ryan Fisher singled to leadoff the bottom of the eighth, Sharif Othman smacked a two- run homer to right field - his second round-tripper in as many days. Following a Ross Wilson groundout, Ryan Rieger and Ryan Goetz walked to set the stage for Austin Nola. The Hammerheads' shortstop lined a single to left field, scoring Rieger and cutting the deficit to one.
Singer's wildness continued when Nola and Goetz advanced to second and third, respectively on a wild pitch. He then coaxed a weak groundout from Alfredo Lopez, but walked Perio next to load the bases with two outs. Singer uncorked another wild pitch to Yordy Cabrera - allowing the tying run to score - before striking out Cabrera with runners at second and third to end the inning.
Higgins struck out three for Jupiter while retiring the Marauders in order in the seventh and eighth innings, marking the 11th multi-strikeout effort in his last 13 appearances.
Reed punched out three in his two frames of work as well, extending his scoreless innings streak to 11.2. Reed's spotless top of the tenth paved the way for Jupiter's comeback game-winner in the bottom half of the inning off of Zac Fuesser - the third Zac(k) to pitch for Bradenton.
Despite going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, eight of the nine players in Jupiter's lineup recorded a hit in the 5-4 win. The Hammerheads are now 41-8 when scoring five runs or more this season.
Sharif became the first Hammerhead since Christian Yelich (July 4 and 5) to homer in consecutive games. Called up from the Gulf Coast League less than two weeks ago, Sharif now has as many home runs in the last two days as the rest of the team does in the last 30 games.
The Hammerheads will kickoff their final series of the 2013 season Thursday night, as they host the St. Lucie Mets at Roger Dean Stadium. RHP Angel Sanchez (3-3, 3.18 ERA) will start for Jupiter. He'll be opposed by Mets' starter LHP Alex Panteliodis (6-5, 4.52 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
For more information on the Jupiter Hammerheads, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Miami Marlins, please call (561) 775-1818 or visit JupiterHammerheads.com. For tickets and more information about Roger Dean Stadium, visit RogerDeanStadium.com.
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