Bradenton Marauders | Defensive lapses extend losing streak to 8 with 12-inning defeat

Bradenton has lost 14 straight games dating back to '12

jlembo@bradenton.comApril 13, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Fooled by the final pitch of the night, Gregory Polanco reached his bat out and hit a slow roller down the first-base line.

Bradenton's center fielder, Polanco chugged down the line, eventually losing the foot race to St. Lucie first baseman Brian Harrison.

Final: Mets 6, Marauders 5 in 12 innings.

Bradenton is 0-8 on the season and has dropped 14 straight dating back to last season.

One consolation? The Marauders aren't alone. The only other winless team in the Florida State League, Jupiter (0-7), was rained out Friday.

The worst part, however, is that this is a game Bradenton could have had. Instead, the Marauders committed six errors, giving them 22 on the season.

That averages out to nearly three miscues a game.

It unraveled for Bradenton during the top of the ninth, when four errors allowed the Mets (6-2) to take a 5-4 lead. Marauders reliever Joan Montero nearly navigated his way through the mess before second baseman Dan Gamache couldn't reel in Aderlin Rodriguez's pop-up, allowing Cam Maron to score from second. Gamache was charged with an error on the play.

Third baseman Chris Lashmet made three errors on the night, including the one that allowed Maron to reach in the ninth. And one inning after his home run gave Bradenton a 4-3 lead, a striding Willy Garcia dropped Charley Thurber's fly ball to right-center leading off the seventh.

The play was ruled a triple, and Thurber scored the tying run.

Despite all the miscues, the Marauders had their chances to win. Garcia singled and stole second in the ninth and scored the tying run on Carlos Mesa's two-out bloop double.

Mesa stole third, but stayed there after Lashmet grounded out.

And the Marauders put runners on first and second with two out in the 11th, but Mesa grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

Bradenton's pitchers did their best to minimize the damage, stranding 15 runners and allowing the Mets to go just 3-for-21 with runners in scoring position. But St. Lucie finally broke through in the 12th, loading the bases with none out on three hits.

Marauders reliever Quinton Miller, in the midst of this third inning, got T.J. Rivera to pop out and induced Maron to hit a bouncer to shortstop Alen Hanson.

But the ball was hit to Hanson's right, allowing the Marauders to get the force at second but preventing them from completing the inning-ending double play. Thurber came in to score.

Gamache singled home two runs, and Jacob Stallings drove in a run for the Marauders, who rallied back from a 3-0 second-inning deficit.

But it wasn't enough. And

the Marauders are still searching for their first win.

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