BRADENTON, FL - For the second time in as many days, the Bradenton Marauders walked out of LECOM Park winners in a one-run contest over the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The 4-3 decision moved the home side to a 6-2 record to start the 2019 season on Thirsty Thursday and Bark in the Park Night.
In what was expected to be the final rehab game for OF Gregory Polanco with the club, the designated hitter on Thursday night scored the first run of the game in the home half of the first when he was driven in on 1B Lucas Tancas' third double in the past two games to give the Marauders an early lead. After OF Travis Swaggerty recorded his first RBI of the year with a single in the second inning, Charlotte registered their first offense of on a sacrifice fly in the top of the 3rd to bring the score to 2-1. The visitors scored once in the sixth to tie the contest and watched as the Marauders scored the tying and go ahead runs in the seventh inning on a single hit, three walks and a 3B Dylan Busby sacrifice fly to go up 4-3. RHP Hunter Stratton allowed a lone run in the top of the eighth, and RHP Luis Escobar slammed the door in the ninth inning with his first save by recorded a pair of strikeouts in Bradenton's sixth victory of the year through eight games. LHP Oddy Nunez recorded a quality start in his second start of the year after tossing six innings while allowing the first two Stone Crab runs on four hits, with four strikeouts and zero walks on his 66 pitches (44 strikes)
Bradenton travels to Dunedin tomorrow to take on the Blue Jays for the first time this season before the series moves back to Bradenton on Saturday, and returning to Dunedin on Sunday for a matinee series finale on the road. RHP Max Kranick is scheduled to start in the first game, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 pm at Jack Russell 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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