BRADENTON, FL - After taking the first three games of the 2019 season against the St. Lucie Mets, the Bradenton Marauders dropped a 3-0 decision at LECOM Park on Sunday afternoon. Now 3-1 on the young schedule, Sunday's contest featured two additional Major League rehab players including OF Gregory Polanco, who went hitless with a pair of walks in four plate appearances, and RHP Dovydas Neverauskas, who tossed a perfect fifth inning in his first action at any level this year.
All three St. Lucie runs were plated in the visiting half of the eighth inning after RHP Max Kranick was sterling in his Marauders debut. Kranick worked through four innings on 81 pitches while allowing three hits, but kept the Mets off the board while striking out seven batters, a new season high for Bradenton starters. After Neverauskas breezed through the fifth inning, the visitors struck for three runs on three hits and a pair of walks while sending all nine hitters to the plate while scoring the game's only three runs on three hits and left the based loaded when all was said and done in the frame.
Bradenton takes to the road on Monday to begin a brief two-game swing south to take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs before heading back to LECOM Park for two more games against the interdivisional foe beginning Wednesday. RHP Cody Bolton is set to make his Marauders debut on Monday and RHP Paul Campbell is slated to do the same for the home side with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 from Charlotte Sports Park. 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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