Clearwater 3, Bradenton 1
The Marauders broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning on Monday but gave the run back in the bottom of the inning, then gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Threshers won 3-1.
Bradenton starter Stephen Tarpley pitched six innings, giving up eight hits and one run, and striking out six. He handed the ball to Tate Scioneaux, who took the loss. Miguel Rosario pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit that allowed the two runs to score.
The Marauders managed their only run in the game when Kevin Kramer walked to lead off the sixth. After Chase Simpson flied out to center and Jerrick Suiter grounded out, with Kramer going to second, Taylor Gushue singled to drive Kramer in.
The Threshers’ Scott Kingery singled with one out the bottom of the sixth, then stole second and scored on a single to left field by Zach Green.
The game was tied until the bottom of the eighth, when Clearwater’s Kyle Martin walked with one out and moved to second after Green was hit by a pitch. Derek Campbell replaced Green on the basepaths. Both runners tagged up on a flyout to center, then scored on a single by Malquin Canelo. Canelo, though, was thrown out at second while trying to stretch the single into a double.
In the top of the ninth, Bradenton went down in order and Connor Joe made the final out, striking out on a foul tip.
Up next: The Marauders continue their four-game series against the Threshers in Clearwater on Tuesday. Austin Coley (8-4, 3.86) takes the hill for Bradenton against Ranfi Casimiro (5-4, 4.08). First pitch is at 7 p.m.