Clearwater Threshers beat Bradenton Marauders 4-1

May 16, 2013 

CLEARWATER – The Marauders (15-24) never got the offense rolling on Wednesday morning, falling 4-1 to the Threshers (20-18) at Bright House Field. Four Threshers pitchers combined on a gem, with Luis Paulino (W, 1-3) getting the win after pitching a scoreless top of the seventh. The Clearwater offense started right off the bat. Leadoff man Carlos Alonso led off the bottom of the first with his third homer of the season, ripping an Eliecer Navarro (L, 0-7) pitch out to left field. Navarro did not yield another run until the seventh, striking out five and walking one over 6 1/3 innings. Down 1-0 in the fifth, Taylor Lewis reached on a two-base error and moved to third on Carlos Mesa’s infield hit. Alen Hanson knotted the game with a single to right, and after a walk to Benji Gonzalez the Marauders had the bags full and no outs. Severino Gonzalez limited the damage, striking out Gregory Polanco and inducing a grounder to short for a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Jose Osuna. Four straight Threshers hits in the seventh led to a three-run rally to chase Navarro. Robby Kilcrease pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for Bradenton. Colton Murray (S, 3) pitched the eighth and ninth for a six-out save. Hanson extended his hitting streak to eight games with a first inning double, matching Dan Gamache the longest hitting streak by a Marauder this year. Benji Gonzalez walked twice and has now reached base in 12 straight games. Game four of the series is Thursday night at Bright House Field. The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on Robby Rowland will be on the mound for the Marauders.

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