Bradenton Marauders claim seventh straight victory, move out of last place


The Bradenton Marauders (26-28) climbed out of last place in the Florida State League South Division standings with a 4-3 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads (28-31) on Wednesday night at McKechnie Field. Bradenton has won seven in a row, but dropped to 6.5 games out of first due to a doubleheader sweep by division-leading Charlotte over Fort Myers. For the second straight night it was Jupiter plating the first run. Chris Coghlan singled home Brent Keys after a leadoff double against Joely Rodriguez (W, 4-3). Coghlan was tagged out trying to score from third on a ball off the mitt of catcher Elias Diaz, getting Rodriguez out of a jam. The lefty settled in to pitch four scoreless innings while striking out three. Bradenton plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Benji Gonzalez led off with a double off Hammerheads ace Jose Urena (L, 10-7). Ashley Ponce bunted for a single. Stetson Allie followed with a sacrifice fly. Dan Gamache was retired on a fly out to left and the count was 3-2 on Diaz when the game was halted for 11 minutes by a lightening delay. When the game, which was played through a steady rain, was resumed, Diaz doubled on a ball misjudged by Jupiter right fielder Yordy Cabrera. Ponce scored on the double, then Diaz came around on Taylor Lewis’ league-leading 12th triple to make it 3-1. The score held until the Marauders got an insurance run in the sixth on a bases loaded walk to D.J. Crumlich. Emmanuel De Leon pitched two innings, surrendering a run in the seventh. Matt Benedict earned the save, his third, with help from the defense. After a run scored in the eighth to make the score 4-3, Brent Keys singled to right field with two down. Cabrera tried to score from second and was cut down at the plate by Junior Sosa.

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