Palm Beach Cardinals score two in eighth, beat Bradenton Marauders 2-1

HERALD STAFF REPORTAugust 25, 2013 

Bradenton Marauders pit her Adrian Sampson warms up at the start of Tuesday's game against the Dunedin Blue Jays at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

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An early tally did not stand up for the Marauders (26-30) on Saturday night at Roger Dean Stadium. The Palm Beach Cardinals (32-27) plated two runs in the eighth off Adrian Sampson (4-8) to steal a 2-1 win. Sampson carried a shutout into the eighth, striking out four and walking none. In the eighth, Sampson retired the first batter on a grounder to third. Charlie Tilson lined a pitch into the glove of Sampson, but the ball squirted loose for an infield single. David Popkins and Jacob Wilson followed with consecutive doubles for a 2-1 lead. The Marauders scored their run in the first on an erratic play by Palm Beach. Gift Ngoepe led off the game with a walk against Sam Gaviglio. Benji Gonzalez put down a sacrifice bunt to third, which was thrown away into right field by Patrick Wisdom. Popkins booted the ball in right for a second error on the play, allowing the run to score. Corey Baker (W, 2-2) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. Dean Kiekhefer, who won Friday’s game with two scoreless innings, pitched a scoreless ninth Saturday to earn his seventh save.

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