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Brown's Walkoff Single Boosts Marauders over Jays

May 1, 2022

BRADENTON, Fla. — After watching two leads vanish on Sunday afternoon at LECOM Park, the Marauders defeated the Dunedin Blue Jays, 5-4, on a walkoff RBI-single by Luke Brown in the tenth inning. The walkoff win was the second in four games for the Marauders (13-8), who took five of

BRADENTON, Fla. — After watching two leads vanish on Sunday afternoon at LECOM Park, the Marauders defeated the Dunedin Blue Jays, 5-4, on a walkoff RBI-single by Luke Brown in the tenth inning.

The walkoff win was the second in four games for the Marauders (13-8), who took five of six games from the Blue Jays (7-14) in the series.

With one out and extra-inning runner Jase Bowen on second base for Bradenton in the tenth, Rodolfo Nolasco drew a walk from Dunedin right-hander Conor Larkin (0-1). Juan Jerez struck out swinging for the second out, but after Jakob Goldfarb reached on an infield single, Brown lined a game-winning single to left-center to score Bowen.

Carlos Lomeli (2-0) earned the win, pitching two scoreless innings for the Marauders. The right-hander escaped a jam in the ninth inning with runners on second and third, and in the top of the tenth, got help from his batterymate Goldfarb, who caught Dunedin’s extra-inning runner, Adrian Pinto, attempting to steal third base.

The Marauders had taken a 2-0 lead in the third inning off Blue Jays starter Rafael Ohashi, as Jacob Gonzalez singled and took third base on a Tsung-Che Cheng double, and both men scored on a Brenden Dixon single to left field.

Dunedin quickly tied the score, however, in the fourth against Marauders starter Joelvis del Rosario. Roque Salinas reached on a dropped catch error at first base by Gonzalez, and Rainer Nunez hit a two-run homer to left field. Adriel Sotolongo hit a two-out single later in the inning, but was thrown out at third base by center fielder Bowen while trying to advance on an Amell Brazoban single.

In the bottom of the fifth, Bradenton regained the lead, as a Gonzalez walk and a Cheng bunt single set up an RBI-double by Dixon for a 3-2 Marauders advantage. Reliever Justin Kelly would later issue a bases-loaded walk to Nolasco, forcing home another Marauders run.

But while right-hander Dahian Santos dominated in relief for the Blue Jays, striking out nine batters over four innings behind Kelly, the 4-2 Marauders lead slipped away, as left-hander Jake Sweeney allowed a double and a hit-by-pitch in the eighth, followed by a Damiano Palmegiani RBI-double and a game-tying sacrifice fly by Nunez.

In the ninth, Santos and Lomeli each held the opposition scoreless for their respective teams, setting up the eventual tenth-inning finish.

Right-hander Johan Montero contributed two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh in his Marauders debut.

Dixon’s three hits and three RBI led the Marauders, while Gonzalez finished 1-for-4 with a walk, extending his on-base streak to 19 games.

The Marauders continue their homestand Tuesday, opening a six-game series against the Tampa Tarpons, Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at LECOM Park.

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

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