CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Bradenton Marauders opened up their three game set with the Clearwater Threshers with a back and forth affair, ultimately taking ten innings to decide the contest for the visitors. Adrian Valerio followed up his game winning home run on Thursday night with a huge output at the plate on Friday, finishing 1-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in in the victory.
Luis Escobar started the game on the mound for Bradenton, and the righty earned a no decision as he spread out four hits over six innings, holding Clearwater scoreless and striking out four. The Marauders struck first in the top of the third inning, when Jared Oliva and Adrian Valerio knocked back-to-back two out doubles to earn a 1-0 lead. The score would stay as such until the seventh, when both clubs generated offense including one run for the Marauders on a Valerio groundout and back-to-back solo home runs from Threshers sluggers Darick Hall and Austin Listi, and the score was tied after seven.
Alfredo Reyes dropped a bunt single down the third base line to start off the Marauders half of the 9th, and he was bunted to second by Jason Delay before stealing third and scoring on a passed ball to bring the score to 3-2. It was Darick Hall that struck again in the bottom of the ninth for Clearwater, as the first baseman clubbed his second home run of the game to tie the score up at three and send the game to extra innings. Adrian Valerio drove in Jared Oliva from second in the top of the tenth, and Jess Amedee pitched a hitless bottom of the frame for his first save of the year, and Bradenton came out on top by a 4-3 score in extras.
Bradenton will take on Clearwater in Game 2 of the three game set tomorrow, with LHP Cam Vieaux getting the ball for the Marauders and Clearwater sending RHP Alejandro Requena to the hill, 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, TuneIn Radio, or the MiLB First Pitch app.
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