Bradenton Marauders hold off Charlotte Stone Crabs

August 12, 2013 

PORT CHARLOTTE – The Bradenton Marauders (19-26) held off a furious rally by the Charlotte Stone Crabs (25-20) in the last of the ninth to hang on to a 5-3 win on Sunday night at Charlotte Sports Park. Zack Dodson (W, 5-8) held the Stone Crabs hitless over seven innings and the first Charlotte hit did not come until the ninth. The Stone Crabs brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth, only to hit into a game-ending triple play. Dodson was the story of the game, twirling no-hit ball for seven innings while striking out five. Only two Stone Crabs batters got the ball out of the infield against Dodson, who got 14 ground ball outs. The closest Charlotte came to a hit was a grounder up the middle by Richie Shaffer on the first pitch of the second inning that Gift Ngoepe snared diving left, throwing from his knees for the out at first. Dodson walked three. Orlando Castro pitched a perfect eighth with two fly outs to center field and a line out to first base. The Marauders broke through early offensively. Jacob Partridge (L, 2-5) walked Jose Osuna with two outs and nobody on in the second inning. Jacob Stallings followed with a double to right center to plate the first run on the game. Carlos Mesa followed with a double to left field to extend the lead to 2-0. Partridge struck out a season-high seven batters but was outshined by Dodson. Bradenton added two runs in the sixth against Mario Fernandez on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch. Jose Osuna plated the Marauders final run with a double in the top of the top of the eighth inning. Orlando Castro retired the back third of the Stone Crabs order on two fly outs to center, followed by a lineout by Kes Carter directly at Osuna at first. Tyler Waldron replaced the lefty on the mound in the ninth. Willie Argo led off the ninth with a walk against Waldron. Jake Hager spoiled the no-hit bid by pulling a 3-2 pitch through the left side of the infield, narrowly eluding diving third baseman Ashley Ponce. Drew Vettleson then reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to first, with Hager sliding in safely ahead of the throw to second base. Shaffer followed with a two-RBI single to make the score 5-2. Alejandro Segovia singled to center to plate another run and chase Waldron. Robbie Kilcrease entered to face Jeff Malm. After a wild pitch moved the tying runs into scoring position, Malm lifted a fly into shallow right. Willy Garcia made a sliding catch for the out, springing to his feet and doubling pinch runner Hector Guevara off second base. The Marauders then threw to third, where it was ruled that Shaffer left without tagging up for the final out of the game. The win is the Marauders fourth in a row, matching the longest streak by the team this season. The loss prevented the Stone Crabs from moving into first place in the Florida State League South Division second half standings. The series finale between Bradenton and Charlotte is Monday at 6:30 p.m. Robby Rowland will start on the mound for Bradenton. The game will be broadcast online at www.BradentonMarauders.com.

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