BRADENTON - The Marauders (32-51, 6-9) flexed their home run muscles Saturday night at McKechnie Field to dispatch the Charlotte Stone Crabs (38-46, 9-7) 5-4 on Stetson Allie's first home run since joining the team. Willy Garcia smashed his team-leading 13th for the Marauders as well.
The home runs for Bradenton bookended the game, with Garcia opening the scoring with a two-run bomb in the first, and Allie ending it with his solo smash to center field leading off the ninth. The big performance from the Marauders power bats helped the team snap a five-game losing streak and climb within three games of first in the second half standings.
Allie's home run was hit on a 1-1 pitch from Nate Garcia (L, 1-3). Allie smoked the ball on a high drive to center, easily clearing the wall to the left of the 400-foot marker. The homer is Allie's 18th overall this season between West Virginia and Bradenton.
Garcia launched his two-run shot to left off Charlotte starter Ryan Carpenter in the first. Carpenter also surrendered an unearned run in the second on his own throwing error to put the Marauders up 3-0.
Zack Dodson cruised through the first five innings for Bradenton, but ran into trouble in the sixth. Four straight two-out hits allowed the Stone Crabs to rally for a 4-3 lead and knock Dodson from the game after 5 2/3 innings. Pat Ludwig and Ryan Beckman (W, 2-0) combined to hold the Stone Crabs off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Beckman worked around a leadoff triple by Kes Carter in the ninth.
Garcia came through for Bradenton against Eliazer Suero in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Garcia singled to left for his third hit of the game. The tying run scored, but Elias Diaz was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
The Marauders and Stone Crabs meet again Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Emmanuel De Leon will make his first start of the season for the Marauders. De Leon has a 2-0 record and a 3.82 ERA in 16 relief appearances this season.