Bradenton Marauders suffer fifth straight defeat, 7-3 in Fort Myers

July 6, 2013 

The Bradenton Marauders (31-51, 5-9) mounted a late rally, but came up short against in a 7-3 loss to the Miracle (53-27, 8-5) Friday night at Hammond Stadium. Taylor Lewis gave the Marauders offense a lift in his return from the disabled list, going 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and falling just a home run shy of the cycle. Fort Myers used early home runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead through four innings. Michael Kvasnicka hit a two-run homer to open the scoring in the second. He barreled up a no-doubter in the fourth against Adrian Sampson (L, 3-5) to double the Miracle lead. Byron Buxton added an inside-the-park two-run homer in the fourth to give the Miracle a lead that went untouched until the seventh. Kyle Davies (W, 1-2) pitched five scoreless innings in his third start for the Miracle. The one-time Atlanta Brave and Kansas City Royal, out of the Majors since 2011, struck out five and walked two. Davies walked Lewis and Willy Garcia in the first. The two stole their way into scoring positions, but Davies struck out Stetson Allie and induced a fly out from Jose Osuna to end the Marauders best threat against the Fort Myers starter. Robbie Kilcrease held the score at 6-0 through the sixth for Bradenton, and in the seventh the Marauders strung together three hits off Matt Tomshaw, the last a single for Lewis to score Jacob Stallings and get the Marauders on the board. Matt Benedict’s scoreless seventh allowed the Marauders to threaten again in the eighth. Carlos Mesa’s two-RBI single with the bases loaded against Tomshaw brought Bradenton to within 6-3. Fort Myers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Tomshaw returned in the ninth for a four-inning save, his first. He struck out Lewis to start the innings, and after a two-out error by Buxton extended the innings, Tomshaw whiffed Allie to end it. D.J. Crumlich played third base and went 2-for-4 in his Marauders debut. Ashley Ponce started at short in his first game for Bradenton, going 1-for-4. The Marauders host the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Saturday to open a three-game home stand at McKechnie Field. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Zack Dodson will be on the mound for the Marauders.

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