Clearwater Threshers outlast Bradenton Marauders in 11 innings


The Bradenton Marauders (34-61, 8-19) rallied from a five run deficit to force extra innings, but the Clearwater Threshers snagged an 11 inning win 9-8 at McKechnie Field Saturday night. The loss is Bradenton’s 24th one-run defeat of the season. Despite going 0-for-5 in first nine innings, Clearwater’s Cameron Perkins played the hero. Perkins single with two outs off Joan Montero (L, 2-5) in the eleventh scored pinch-runner Jose Mojica to give the Threshers a 9-8 lead. Jordan Guth (W, 2-3) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Bradenton trailed 8-5 into the ninth inning, but erased that deficit against Colton Murray. Stetson Allie doubled with one out to extend his hitting streak to six games. Jacob Stallings followed with a walk. A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners with two down. After defensive indifference allowed Jose Osuna to take second base, Benji Gonzalez singled to score two runs. Gonzalez stole second and scored to tie the game on a hard single to right by Taylor Lewis. Clearwater opened the scoring with a four-run second inning against Bradenton starter Adrian Sampson. Two sacrifice flies and a two-RBI triple for Miguel Abreu gave the Threshers a 4-0 lead. The Marauders also posted a big second inning though, tagging Nick Hernandez for three runs, including a two-RBI double for Alen Hanson. The score remained 4-3 until Clearwater broke out against Sampson again in the fourth. Sampson was lifted with two outs and two runs already in. Zac Fuesser inherited two base runners, both of whom scored when Aaron Altherr drove Fuesser’s first pitch for a two-run triple. Fuesser retired the next batter and pitched the next three innings while facing one over the minimum. The Marauders clawed into the 8-3 deficit in the fifth. Osuna singled in a run to chase Hernandez with two outs. The Clearwater starter was ejected after being pulled from the game. Steven Inch struck out Gonzalez to end the inning. Bradenton tallied again in the sixth on an RBI-single from Dan Gamache. But Inch pitched scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth. Dan Cevette pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the Marauders. He retired six of the seven batters he faced, striking out three. The Marauders open a four-game series Sunday against Lakeland at McKechnie Field. The game starts at 5:00 p.m. with gates opening at 4:00 p.m. Joely Rodriguez will take the mound for the Marauders.

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