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Late Comeback Bid Falls Just Short Thursday Night

April 21, 2022

BRADENTON, Fla. — A late two-run homer by Jacob Gonzalez sparked a ninth-inning threat for the Marauders Thursday night but was not enough as the Marauders fell to the Daytona Tortugas, 4-2, at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. With one out in the top of the ninth, the Marauders (7-5) faced a

BRADENTON, Fla. — A late two-run homer by Jacob Gonzalez sparked a ninth-inning threat for the Marauders Thursday night but was not enough as the Marauders fell to the Daytona Tortugas, 4-2, at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

With one out in the top of the ninth, the Marauders (7-5) faced a 4-0 deficit. Tsung-Che Cheng reached second base on a dropped fly ball by Tortugas (6-6) left fielder Yerlin Confidan, and Gonzalez followed by belting his two-run homer to left. Left-hander Jayvien Sandridge took over for Daytona righty Reynardo Cruz and walked Jase Bowen and Alexander Mojica, bringing the potential go-ahead run to the plate. But Rodolfo Nolasco flied out to center and Brenden Dixon struck out, ending the threat and handing the Marauders their third straight loss.

The Marauders were held scoreless on just four hits through the first eight innings, as the first three Tortugas pitchers kept Bradenton bats off balance. Daytona starter Chase Petty held Bradenton hitless in his four innings of work, allowing a Bowen walk in the second as his only baserunner.

Marauders starter Valentin Linarez (0-2), meanwhile, powered through two scoreless innings before losing control in the third, walking the bases full. Austin Hendrick plated the game’s first run with an RBI-single to right field, and Ruben Ibarra followed with an RBI-groundout before left-hander Nick Dombkowski took over in relief and stranded two inherited runners to end the inning.

In the fifth, Bradenton appeared to take advantage of a run-scoring opportunity. With Bradenton trailing 2-0, Brenden Dixon lined a two-out double to right field for the first Marauders hit of the night. Geovanny Planchart then singled to left field, and Dixon raced home. But Daytona, noticing that Dixon had failed to touch third base, had right-hander Luis Mey (1-1) make an appeal throw to third base, and home plate umpire Chase Eubanks ruled Dixon out, negating the Marauders’ first run of the night.

Dombkowski went on to allow just one run across three and one-third innings of relief, striking out six. The Tortugas added an additional run in the eighth off right-hander Xavier Concepcion, who allowed a one-out double, a single, a hit batter, and an Andrew Salcedo RBI-groundout.

The Marauders provided a defensive highlight in the seventh. Hendrick, attempting to score from first base on an Ibarra double to right field, was thrown out at home plate as Marauders right fielder Rodolfo Nolasco fired a strike to cutoff man Jase Bowen, who threw home to Planchart, who applied the tag onto a sliding Hendrick.

The series continues Friday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. RHP Justin Meis will start for the Marauders against RHP Julian Aguiar for the Tortugas.

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

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