Bradenton Marauders win wild one over St. Lucie Mets on Willy Garcia walk-off single

May 18, 2013 

A roller coaster of an eighth inning set the Marauders up for their fourth walk-off win of the season, a 5-4 series opening win over the St. Lucie Mets on Friday night at McKechnie Field. The Marauders and Mets combined for four runs in the first seven innings, and five runs over the final two. Willy Garcia played the hero role not once, but twice. With the Marauders trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth, Garcia led off with a solo home run off Chasen Bradford to tie the game. Batting with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth, Garcia came through again with a game-winning single to right against T.J. Chism (L, 0-2). For most of the night it didn’t seem any heroics would be necessary. Zack Dodson cruised through the Mets lineup, surrendering three hits and only a single run over six and 2/3 innings. Dodson struck out five and walked two, and his only run came on a solo home run by Dustin Lawley in the sixth. The Marauders tagged rehabbing New York Mets pitcher Jennry Mejia for a single run in the first and second inning. Gregory Polanco and Chase d’Arnaud each had an RBI hit as the Marauders built a 2-0 lead. Mejia gave way to Jim Fuller in the fourth inning, and after a d’Arnaud reached on a walk, Polanco smashed an RBI-double for a 3-0 lead. Joan Montero recorded the final out of the seventh and started the eighth with two quick outs. Montero walked Matt Reynolds on four pitches to bring Lawley up, and the slugger hammered a triple to right center. Alen Hanson’s relay to third base sailed into the Mets dugout, sending Lawley home to tie the score. Aderlin Rodriguez crushed a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-3 lead before the inning concluded. The Mets almost retook the lead in the top of the ninth, putting the go-ahead run on third base with one out against Montero. Emmanuel De Leon (W, 1-0) came on and escaped from the jam to earn the win. The Marauders loaded the bases in the ninth after Benji Gonzalez led off with a single and Polanco followed with his second double and fourth hit in five tries to put two in scoring position. The Mets brought Lawley in from left field as a fifth infielder and walked Jose Osuna intentionally to load the bases. Dan Gamache struck out for the first out before Garcia ended the game. Game two of the series is Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at McKechnie Field. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. It is Armed Forces Day presented by Miller High Life. Fans with a valid military ID will receive free admission. The first 500 fans will receive a camouflage Marauders cap.

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