Bradenton 11, Fort Myers 10
Closer Luis Heredia induced a game-ending double play as Bradenton escaped with an 11-10 victory against Fort Myers at McKechnie Field on Monday in Florida State League action.
In the first 3-hour game of the Marauders’ season, they took a 4-1 lead into the seventh. However, Fort Myers scored five runs in the inning to take a 6-4 lead. Bradenton responded with two in the home half of the inning and five in the eighth. However, reliever Henry Hirsch (2-3), the fourth Bradenton pitcher, couldn’t close the game. Fort Myers scored four runs in the ninth before the double play.
Michael Suchy led Bradenton, going 4 for 5 with four RBI. Cole Tucker added four hits and two RBI.
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Earlier Monday, Bradenton starting pitcher Stephen Tarpley was named the league’s pitcher of the week for the week of June 20-June 26. The left-hander is Bradenton’s third pitcher of the week in 2016. Tarpley went 2-0 and struck out 12 batters in a pair of six-inning outings.
Up next: Bradenton sends Jon Brubaker (0-1, 4.91) against Jupiters’s Luis Castillo (5-3, 2.00) in the opener of a three-game set. Start time Tuesday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Herald Staff report