TAMPA, Fla. - In the rubber match of a three game series between the Bradenton Marauders and the Tampa Tarpons Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the home side knocked their way to a tight 4-2 victory as Bradenton completed their first half matchups against the Tarpons with a 1-5 record. Mike Wallace made his second start since being added to the rotation on May 29th and lasted six innings for the second straight outing but allowed three home runs and all four runs plated by the Tarpons in the win while striking out five batters.
Tampa left fielder Ben Ruta hit his second home run of the series to begin the home half of the first inning, and another pair of home runs by outfielders Isiah Gilliam and Alexander Palma brought around three of the four runs in the victory. The only run not scored for either side via the long ball was on a steal of home by Eduardo Torrealba, who entered the game as a defensive replacement. With a runner headed to second and the throw from Marauders catcher Arden Pabst going there as well, Torrealba scampered home to score.
The Marauders took a cue from the home side and scored all of their runs on solo home runs. Hunter Owen mashed his seventh homer of the year in the third inning to kick of the frame, the first of Owen's two hits on the afternoon which was half of the total for the visitors. Lucas Tancas hit his third shot in a week in the seventh, going the opposite way to right field to bring the score to 4-2, the eventual final. Mitchell Tolman stroked the only other hit for Bradenton, a single with two outs in the fifth.
The Marauders head to Kissimmee on Monday for the final series before the All-Star break, a four contest set against the Florida Fire Frogs. RHP Adam Oller will take the ball for Bradenton with first pitch scheduled for 6:31 pm from Osceola County Stadium. 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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