Bradenton Marauders split doubleheader with Clearwater Threshers

July 20, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The Marauders (34-61, 8-19) split a doubleheader with the Clearwater Threshers (47-46, 12-13) on Friday night at McKechnie Field. After being edged 4-3 in the first game, the Marauders powered up the offense in game two and rolled to a 10-1 win. Robby Rowland (L, 3-8) pitched 4 1/3 innings as the starter in game one, surrendering four runs on six hits. Two of the runs were unearned. Rowland whiffed three and walked two. Emmanuel De Leon pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out four. Taylor Lewis homered against Hoby Milner (W, 9-4) in the third inning to trim and early Threshers lead to 3-1. Lewis later drew the Marauders within 4-3 with an RBI double off Milner. Ken Giles pitched the sixth and seventh for his first save, striking out the side with the tying run aboard in the seventh. Game two was a hit parade for Bradenton. Eight Marauders had at least one hit, and four players recorded multi-hit games. Stetson Allie went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in three. Dan Gamache smacked his 26th double of the season, drove in a run, and scored twice. The Marauders scored five runs over the first two innings and five more over the last two frames. Pat Ludwig started and pitched four strong innings, striking out two and allowing one run without walking a batter. Tom Harlan (W, 1-0) earned the win by pitching three scoreless frames and striking out four without a walk. The Marauders bullpen has allowed one run in 21 innings over the team’s last four games, and that run was surrendered by position player D.J. Crumlich after he was forced into emergency duty on the mound Monday night. The series finale is Saturday night at McKechnie Field. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Adrian Sampson will start on the bump for Bradenton.

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