PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - After falling for the first time on the season on Sunday, the Bradenton Marauders fired back in a new series Monday night, taking a five-run victory over the Charlotte Stone Crabs on the road.
Bradenton put a run on the board in the very first inning after 2018 1st round draft pick OF Travis Swaggerty singled to lead off the contest, swiped his first bag of the year and was ultimately brought around on an Oneil Cruz RBI single. After the Stone Crabs matched the run in their half of the inaugural inning, neither side struck until the fourth when the Marauders unloaded on the home side, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs on six hits. The first three batters of the frame singled including OF Daniel Amaral's 2-RBI single, a Cal Mitchell RBI triple, and OF Gregory Polanco and 1B Lucas Tancas knocking matching RBI singles for the final two Bradenton tallies on the evening.
On the mound RHP Cody Bolton was sterling in his season debut, needing just 60 pitches to work through five scoreless innings on just a pair of first inning hits for the Stone Crabs. The only other pitcher to toss for the visitors was LHP Ike Schlabach who earned a four inning save by finishing the contest on the hill on 60 pitches just like Bolton and striking out two batters in the process of holding Charlotte off the board for the remainder of the contest.
Bradenton will continue their brief two-game series at Charlotte Sports Park Tuesday evening before heading back to LECOM Park Wednesday morning against the Stone Crabs. LHP Domingo Robles is scheduled to start for Bradenton tomorrow and will be opposed by RHP Riley O'Brien for Charlotte with first pitch scheduled for 6:30. Catch all the action with 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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