Bats break out in 8-6 win over Bradenton

Maris homers, Rodriguez reaches four times in win

David Rodriguez reached base four times Saturday, driving in a pair of runs in the Stone Crabs' 8-6 win.

By John Vittas / Charlotte Stone Crabs | May 5, 2018 9:42 PM

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (May 5, 2018) - After two straight sluggish games, the Charlotte Stone Crabs' bats broke out Saturday, beating the Bradenton Marauders 8-6 at Charlotte Sports Park.

 

The Stone Crabs (14-15) were dialed in right away against Bradenton (17-12) starter Oddy Nunez (1-1). With two outs in the top of the first, David Rodriguez doubled to left before Nate Lowe drove him in with a single to center. After a Jesus Sanchez hit moved Lowe to second, Peter Maris pulled a run-scoring single to right to make it 2-0 Charlotte.

 

Still up by that count in the second, Stone Crabs shortstop Tristan Gray doubled to the wall in center. Miles Mastrobuoni followed by lining a single to right to bring in Gray and give the Stone Crabs a 3-0 lead.

 

Despite the consistent lead, Charlotte stranded a season-high 11 runners, including nine in the first four innings.

 

With the score 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Stone Crabs loaded the bases with nobody out before the next two batters were retired. With two outs, Rodriguez stroked a single to center. That brought home two runs before a wild throw to third by Marauders catcher Jason Delay allowed a third run to score and give Charlotte a 6-1 lead.

 

After Bradenton scored three in the top of the sixth, the Stone Crabs answered back on a two-run home run by Maris to extend the lead to 8-4.

 

The Marauders got two runs in the ninth, but Charlotte held on to even the series at one.

 

Stone Crabs starter Brandon Lawson (1-3) went five-plus innings to get the win, allowing three runs on six hits.

 

The Stone Crabs will go for the series win on Sunday afternoon at 12:35 p.m. Kenny Rosenberg (1-1, 5.01) makes the start for Charlotte against Luis Escobar (1-1, 3.08) of Bradenton. Coverage starts at 12:20 p.m. on the Stone Crabs Baseball Network.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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