Low-A Bradenton has four-game winning streak snapped
Entering play on Sunday the Low-A Bradenton Marauders were one of the hottest teams in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. The Marauders had won four games in a row, seven of their last eight games and were 8-3 in the month of August.
Sunday afternoon, however, the Marauders fell to the Palm Beach Cardinals by a score of 7-1. Following the lopsided loss, the Marauders have fallen to 56-51 on the season.
Po-Yu Chen started for the Marauders and lasted just 3 innings. Chen allowed 2 runs on four hits, two walks and a home run. He threw just 55 pitches in his outing, but did throw 33 of them (60%) for strikes.
Drew Irvine and Sergio Umana followed Chen and both struggled. Irvine pitched 2 innings allowing 2 runs on two hits, a walk, a home run and two strikeouts. Umana, who has pitched well for Bradenton owning a 1.98 ERA on the season, also allowed a pair of runs, but he pitched just 1 inning.
Mitchell Miller walked three batters and allowed an unearned run while recording just one out. Darvin Garcia struck a batter out in 1.2 scoreless innings pitched, while Wilkin Ramos struck out a pair in a scoreless 9th inning.
Offensively, it was a frustrating day for the Marauders.
Leadoff man Tsung-Che Cheng was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. 2022 Pittsburgh Pirates draft selection Tres Gonzalez was 2-for-4, Juan Jerez was 1-for-4, and Brenden Dixon was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. Catcher Luis Hernandez and right fielder Jasiah Dixon each went 1-for-4 as well.
On the day the Marauders had no extra base hits, went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. There were opportunities to score more runs but Bradenton failed to capitalize.