Jupiter, FL- (May 8, 2017) The Hammerheads had their chances to capitalize, but couldn't come through in a 3-1 defeat Monday night against the Bradenton Marauders.
Jeff Locke (0-0 0.00 ERA) made a rehab start with Jupiter and kept the Bradenton bats quiet, tossing four scoreless innings, giving up only two hits while striking out three. Cody Poteet (2-1 1.91 ERA) would come out of the bullpen to relive Locke in the fifth inning.
Poteet pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, while walking two batters, picking up his first loss of the season.
The Hammerheads would grab the lead first, and their only run of the game, in the bottom of the third when Kyle Barrett hit a sacrifice fly that scored Rodrigo Vigil.
The game wouldn't see another man cross home plate until the top of the seventh, when Bradenton first basemen Will Craig hit a solo homerun to lead off the inning. The Marauders would score the go-ahead run six batters later, when Mitchell Tolman hit a sac-fly to center field that brought home Jordan George. They'd also add an insurance run in the eighth, on a Ke'Bryan Hayes sac-fly that scored Cole Tucker.
The Hammerheads had a chance to tie, and take the lead in the bottom half the eighth, but couldn't deliver.
Zach Sullivan and Kyle Barrett hit back-to-back singles with one out, putting two runners on for Stone Garrett. Garrett would strike out, followed by an Angel Reyes walk, loading the bases for clean-up hitter Brad Haynal. Haynal struck out swinging ending the Jupiter threat.
The Hammeheads had one more chance for a comeback in the last of the ninth against new Bradenton pitcher Daniel Zamora.
Dexter Kjerstad and J.J. Gould would strike out, putting Jupiter in the hole with two quick outs. Rodrigo Vigil would single, followed by a Justin Bohn single which brought the winning run to the plate in Zach Sullivan. Zullivan would ground out back to the pitcher ending the game.
The Hammerheads have dropped four games in a row, including six out of their last eight.
Game two of this three game series is tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30. Lefty Scott Squier (1-4 5.97 ERA) will get the start for the Hammerheads. He'll be opposed by righty Pedro Vasquez (2-2 2.64 ERA)
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