BRADENTON, FL - The Bradenton Marauders, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, continued to exact revenge on the Florida State League's North Division, taking three of four from the Daytona Cubs with a 7-0 win Wednesday.
The Marauders dropped all four games against Daytona back at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in May, but brought the bats in this series, scoring seven runs for a shutout win in the finale. Bradenton scored a run in each of the first three innings against starter Brett Wallach. In the first it was a walk and stolen base from Aaron Baker coupled with a single from Elevys Gonzalez. Evan Chambers led off the second with a homerun, his fourth in eight games, for a 2-0 edge. A walk to Robbie Grossman in the third helped plate him on a single from Baker for a 3-0 lead.
Silent in the fourth the Marauders returned in the fifth with a sacrifice fly by Jairo Marquez for a 4-0 lead. The first crooked number went up in the seventh with an eight batter frame. Carlos Paulino led off with a double, two batters later Bengie Gonzalez walked in front of a Grossman double to score Paulino. Elevys Gonzalez later doubled to drive home two for the 7-0 final.
Major League rehabber Jose Tabata was 0-2 in his fourth game with the Marauders. Grossman wound up scoring three runs and walking three times, a season high by a Marauder. His three runs give him a career high 89 on the year. Paulino delivered a three hit day and Elevys Gonzalez finished with three RBI.
On the mound Bradenton found a phenomenal start from Jhonathan Ramos. The lefty, making his second start of the season, fired five and two thirds shutout innings. He earned the win, his second in two starts.
The Marauders are now 16-11 in the second half, a half game out of first in the FSL South. The Tampa Yankees invade McKechnie Field Thursday at 7pm with Major League rehabbers Rafael Soriano and Eric Chavez both tentatively expected to play. Radio coverage begins at 6:45 on 1280-AM WTMY. For ticketing information go online to BradentonMarauders.com.
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