LAKELAND, Fla. - After the earliest postponement schedule-wise in the history of the Bradenton Marauders on Tuesday, the Marauders took on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in a day-night double header from Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on Wednesday night. The foes would split games, with the home team walking off on a bases loaded walk in Game One, and the visitors claiming a pitcher's duel in Game Two by a 1-0 score.
In the early game, Eduardo Vera worked through six strong innings, as the righty allowed four runs, all coming in the first two innings. He was backed up by an offensive attack that plated four runs in the top of the second inning, including two walks, a Casey Hughston sacrifice fly, and Jared Oliva's first triple of the year. Daniel Pinero lead off the bottom of the second with a solo home run to begin a three run rally for the Flying Tigers, as one run had already crossed the plate in the first. The score stayed tied at four until the bottom of the seventh, when a walk with the bases loaded gave Lakeland a 5-4 victory.
Game Two featured the definition of a pitching duel, as James Marvel outdueled Lakeland starter Alex Faedo with Marvel going six full innings and not allowing a run while striking out seven batters. Trae Arbet led off the top of the final inning with an infield single down the third base line, stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw from the Lakeland catcher. He was brought in to score the game winning run on a Jared Oliva sacrifice fly, Oliva's third RBI between both games. Jordan Jess tossed a perfect ninth inning, as the lefty earned his first save of the season.
The Marauders and Flying Tigers will complete their four game series tomorrow evening with LHP Oddy Nunez making his second start of the year for Bradenton and LHP Austin Sodders doing the same for Lakeland, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 pm.
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