Starting pitching gem leads Low-A Bradenton to victory
Led by a gem from starting pitcher Po-Yu Chen, the Low-A Bradenton Marauders defeated the Lakeland Flying Tigers 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Marauders are once again over .500 on the season at 48-47.
Chen, one of the more intriguing and overlooked pitching prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, pitched 7 marvelous innings for the Marauders. Chen limited the Flying Tigers to just one hit, he walked one, and struck out five in his 7 scoreless innings pitched.
7 innings pitched is a new professional career-high for Chen. The 20-year-old Taiwan native finished the month of July with 2.39 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched in five starts. After a slow start to the season, Chen appears to be on his way to finishing the season strong Wilkin Ramos followed Chen, allowing a run on a hit and two walks in 2 innings pitched.
Jase Bowen started in center field for the Marauders and went 2-for-4. Both of Bowen’s hits were solo home runs, giving him 13 on the season and raising his OPS on the season to .808. First baseman Juan Jerez was also 2-for-4, which included hitting his 8th double of the season.
Leadoff man Tsung-Che Cheng was 1-for-4 with his 14th double of the season. Sergio Campana went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a RBI. Catcher Darwin Baez and outfielder Josiah Dixon each drove in a run for the Marauders as well.