FORT MYERS -- The Bradenton Marauders (0-4) erased a six-run deficit to force extra innings against the Fort Myers Miracle (4-0) but fell 9-8 in 10 innings after Michael Gonzales clubbed a solo home run off Zac Fuesser (L, 0-1) to break the draw. Fort Myers swept the season-opening series to stay in a tie with St. Lucie for first in the South Division.
Adrian Sampson debuted for the Marauders on the mound, lasting 2 and 2/3s innings. Sampson worked out of a second and third, one out jam in the first. Facing the same situation and no outs in the second he allowed only one run. In the third, Fort Myers loaded the bases with no outs and plated five runs, capped by a two-run homer from Andy Leer to chase Sampson from a 6-0 game. Bradenton finally got to Major League rehabber Scott Diamond in the fourth. Taylor Lewis reached on an infield single. Gregory Polanco followed with an opposite-field homer, his first of the year. Willy Garcia and Dan Gamache immediately singled in front of Jacob Stallings, who doubled home Garcia. Benji Gonzalez drove in Gamache with a ground-out to make it 6-4. Fort Myers tacked on a run in the fifth, but Stallings answered with a solo blast in the sixth to keep the Marauders within two runs. Alen Hanson was the catalyst in the seventh and eighth, singling and scoring on a sac fly from Polanco in the former. After Fort Myers scored a run to go back up two in the top of the eighth, Hanson doubled home Chris Lashmet, who led off the inning with a double. Hanson stole third and scored on Lewis’ sacrifice fly to center to tie the game. The Marauders put two on in the ninth, but failed to score against Chad Rodgers (W, 1-0). Corey Williams retired the Marauders in order in the 10th after the Gonzales homer to earn his second save. Monday is an off day across the Florida State League. Eliecer Navarro will be on the mound Tuesday when the Marauders travel to face Charlotte for a 6:30 p.m. game. The game will be broadcast online at www.BradentonMarauders.com.