Bradenton wins wild affair in 12 innings
It took 12 innings, plenty of lead changes, wild pitches, and an all-around wild affair, but when the dust settled on Sunday afternoon the Low-A Bradenton Marauders had defeated the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels 12-10. With the win, the Low-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 52-49 on the season.
Po-Yu Chen, who has been pitching very well of late, started for the Marauders but turned in a poor start. Chen allowed 5 runs on six hits, a walk, two home runs and six strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched.
After Sergio Umana recorded a strikeout to get the final out of the 5th inning, Carlos Campos would pitch 1.2 innings. Campos allowed 3 runs on three hits and a walk. Johan Montero pitched 1.2 innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. Mitchell Miller walked a batter and struck a batter on 2/3 of an inning pitched, Carlos Lomeli pitched the final 3 innings of the game allowing an unearned run, due to the extra inning base runner rule, while striking out three batters.
With two outs in the top of the 12th inning and the game tied at 10, Jase Bowen, who finished the game 1-for-6 with a run scored and two RBI, would race home on a wild pitch to give the Marauders an 11-10 lead. After Wyatt Hendire walked in his lone at-bat of the day, Jack Brannigan doubled him one to make it 12-10.
This marked the second time in as many days with the Marauders the Brannigan, a 2022 draft pick, made an impact with the bat. After having multiple hits including a home run in his Low-A debut on Saturday, Brannigan was had the double to give the Marauders insurance on Sunday.
Tsung-Che Cheng was 2-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored and a RBI at the top of the lineup. Center fielder Sergio Campana was 2-for-4 with his 9th double of the season, two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. Bubba Chandler collected his first Low-A triple while scoring a run, and third baseman Brenden Dixon was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two walks.