LAKELAND, Fla. - Michael Wallace slammed the door shut in the bottom of the ninth to seal the first four game road series of the year for the Bradenton Marauders, as his first save of the year gave the visitors a 5-4 win on Thursday night against Lakeland.
In the final game at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium for the Marauders for the 2018 season, A.J. Schugel started on the mound, as the righty was only scheduled to pitch one inning in a Major League rehab stint, and he allowed a pair of unearned runs in the first inning after the bats scored a single run in the top of the inning, and it was 2-1 Lakeland after the first.
Oddy Nunez followed Schugel on the mound, and the lefty gave up another pair of runs in the second inning and the Marauders trailed 4-1 after two innings. An offensive explosion took place in the visitor's half of the fourth inning, as Bligh Madris, Hunter Owen and Lucas Tancas started off with a trio of singles, and Albert Baur and Trae Arbet brought in all three with two singles of their own and the game was tied at four after four innings.
Adrian Valerio played the hero for the Marauders to lead off the fifth, as the shortstop blasted his first home run of the year to left field to give Bradenton a 5-4 lead. After Bo Schultz threw two perfect innings, Michael Wallace came in to retire the side in four batters in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save and move the Marauders to 6-2 on the young season.
Bradenton will continue their current road stretch as the Marauders travel to Clearwater for three games with RHP Luis Escobar getting the ball for the Marauders on Friday. He will be opposed by LHP McKenzie Mills for the Threshers, with first pitch scheduled for 6:15 pm. Catch all the action with Matt Neverett on the Bradenton Marauders Baseball Network by visiting BradentonMarauders.com or the MiLB First Pitch app.
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