Marauders rally past Manatee

Connor Joe homered and drove in four runs to power Bradenton to a 6-4 victory against Brevard County on Friday in a Florida State League game at McKechnie Field.

Joe drove in the game’s first run in the second with a groundout. He ripped a two-run homer in the fourth that pulled the Marauders (44-40, 6-10) within one run, 4-3. he drove in the tying run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth. Michael Suchy (2 for 3) followed Joe’s walk with a two-run infield single.

The late rally made a winner out of Junior Lopez (2-2). Nick Neumann earned his sixth save.

The Manatees (26-57, 3-12) scored all four of their runs in the fourth, an inning fueled by four hit batters — all with four strikes.

Up next: Bradenton sends J.T. Brubaker (0-3, 6.53) to the mound on Saturday against Brevard County’s Cody Ponce (0-2, 4.26). ... First pitch at McKechnie Field is 6:30 p.m. Live streaming audio will be available online at

Herald Staff Report