BRADENTON – The Marauders (11-5) notched a fourth shutout win in an eight day span and swept the Jupiter Hammerheads (6-10) three games in a row, seizing the series finale 4-0 on Saturday night at McKechnie Field. Bradenton has won six straight April games for the first time in franchise history.
Chad Kuhl (W, 2-1) tossed six scoreless innings in his best start of the season so far. The Hammerheads managed just three singles against Kuhl, who faced one over the minimum. Kuhl struck out seven batters and did not allow a walk. Josh Smith pitched two scoreless innings, striking out one, and Robby Rowland pitched a perfect ninth.
Bradenton got another big game at the top of the lineup from Adam Frazier. Frazier had three hits, scored a run and drove in another. Walker Gourley opened the scoring with a two-out double to left off Jupiter starter Trevor Williams (L, 1-3) to bring home Frazier and Ashley Ponce in the third.. Jeff Roy banged two singles, stole a base, and also scored a run in the fifth on a hit by Frazier. Jonathan Schwind’s RBI-single in the sixth inning extended the Marauders lead to 4-0.
The Marauders head into the off day on Sunday with a two-game lead in the Florida State League South Division. Bradenton returns to action on Monday night at McKechnie Field with a 6:30 p.m. game against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Pat Ludwig will start the game on the mound.
Monday’s game is A/C Warehouse BUYOUT Night presented in partnership with 106.5 WCTQ. Vouchers for free Outfield and Grandstand tickets are available at A/C Warehouse in Bradenton and at several other community locations. The voucher can also be printed online from www.BradentonMarauders.com. Fans can upgrade their free seat to an Infield Box or Reserve seat for $2 while supplies last.