BRADENTON, Fla. - In the final game of the 2018 season between the Bradenton Marauders and the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the road side came out on top in the deciding game of the three game series while scoring early and holding to a late Marauders comeback try.
In RHP Gavin Wallace's eighth start of the season with the Marauders, the righty was knocked around to the tune of seven runs on 12 hits, tying a season high, over his five innings of work that handed him his third loss to his three wins. Wallace allowed back to back solo home runs in the first inning when Carl Chester and Jake Fraley took him deep, and Jermaine Palacios completed the second straight game for Charlotte with three home runs when he took Wallace deep in the fourth inning on a two run drive.
Hunter Owen homered for the second straight day in the Marauders half of the first to extend his team lead in long balls to 16, and drove in scored a run in the eighth after he led the frame off on his 21st double of the season. Mitchell Tolman clubbed the first of his two hits on the night, a double that set up his RBI single in the two run seventh inning. Both Raul Siri and Brett Pope scored in the inning that featured the only frame with multiple Bradenton runs. After Hunter Owen scored on a bases loaded walk, the Marauders squandered their best offensive opportunity by leaving the bases full on a groundout to end the eighth inning before both halves of the ninth were retired in order.
The Marauders welcome in the Dunedin Blue Jays to LECOM Park for the final time of the 2018 season for the final three games at home beginning Friday night at 6:30 with RHP Mike Wallace toeing the rubber for the home side. Catch all the action Matt Neverett on the Bradenton Marauders Baseball Network by visiting BradentonMarauders.com, TuneIn Radio, MiLB.tv, or the MiLB First Pitch app!
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