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Bats Fall Flat in Tuesday Loss to Tarpons

May 3, 2022

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Marauders managed just four hits, all singles, on Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Tarpons at LECOM Park. The loss marked just the third time this season that the Marauders (13-9) were held to two or fewer runs. Rehabbing Pirates right-hander Duane Underwood

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Marauders managed just four hits, all singles, on Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Tarpons at LECOM Park.

The loss marked just the third time this season that the Marauders (13-9) were held to two or fewer runs.

Rehabbing Pirates right-hander Duane Underwood Jr. labored through the first inning, throwing 23 pitches. Tampa’s Jasson Dominguez worked a one-out walk, and after a Madison Santos two-out single and a Marcos Cabrera walk, Underwood was pulled and gave way to Darvin Garcia, who walked Anthony Seigler to force home the game’s first run before getting an inning-ending flyout.

The Marauders tied the score in the home half against Tarpons (10-11) starter Tyrone Yulie (1-2). Brenden Dixon and Jacob Gonzalez drew back-to-back two-out walks, and Rodolfo Nolasco plated Dixon for the tying run with a line-drive single to center field. Nolasco would finish 3-for-4 in the game, collecting all but one of the Marauders’ four hits.

The score remained tied, 1-1, until the fourth. Justin Meis (2-3) allowed a leadoff single to Cabrera, and Seigler reached on a fielding error by Dixon at second base, advancing runners to second and third. Meis then allowed a go-ahead, two-run double to Grant Richardson for a 3-1 Tampa lead.

Neither team scored between the fifth and eighth innings, but Tampa added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Dominguez hit a one-out double off Carlos Jimenez, and an Anthony Garcia walk brought the end of Jimenez’s night after three and one-third innings out of the bullpen. Wilkin Ramos entered to pitch and recorded a strikeout before allowing a double to Cabrera. Both Dominguez and Garcia scored, but Bradenton made an appeal to third base after the play, and Garcia was ruled to have missed third base on his way home, thus giving the Tarpons just one run on the play.

Jimenez had held Tampa scoreless across his first three innings, providing a bright spot in the Marauders loss by recording a season-high eight strikeouts.

The Marauders, however, saw 12 of their 13 batters retired between the second and fifth innings. In the sixth, Bradenton loaded the bases against reliever Enrique Santana on a hit-by-pitch, a single, and a walk, but a strikeout extinguished the threat.

Another opportunity arose in the seventh, when the Marauders placed runners on first and third with a Wyatt Hendrie single and a throwing error by pitcher Harold Cortijo. Buta popout and a flyout left both men stranded, and the Marauders managed only a one-out walk in a scoreless ninth by right-hander Carlos Gomez, who struck out three.

The series continues Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at LECOM Park. LHP Luis Peralta (0-1, 6.55 ERA) will start for the Marauders against RHP Yon Castro (0-0, 0.00 ERA) for the Tarpons.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, please call (941) 747-3031, visit BradentonMarauders.com, or email [email protected].

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