Offensive struggles sink Bradenton
Following a 5-2 loss against the Dunedin Blue Jays, the Low-A Bradenton Marauders are now 60-58 on the season. Joelvis Del Rosario, who is developing into one of the most underrated pitching prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, turned in a strong start in the loss. Del Rosario allowed eight hits and struck out just two batters, but issued just one walk and limited the Blue Jays to just 2 runs in 5 innings pitched. Del Rosario now owns a 3.69 ERA in 83 innings pitched across 17 outings, 16 starts, this season.
Wilber Dotel followed Del Rosario and struggled. Dotel allowed 3 runs on two hits and three walks in 2 innings pitched. This was Dotel’s first appearance with Bradenton after being promoted from the Florida Complex League. Wilkin Ramos pitched the final 2 innings for the Marauders. Ramos did not allow a run, issued two walks and struck out a pair.
The Marauders were held to just five hits in the loss. Both runs scored by Bradenton came in the 6th inning. The runs were cored after Tsung-Che Cheng and Jack Brannigan hit back-to-back one-out doubles, followed by a run-scoring hit from Juan Jerez.
Cheng finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk and the aforementioned double, his 22nd of the season. Brannigan’s double was already the 3rd for the 2022 draft pick. Bubba Chandler served as the team’s designated hitter and went 1-for-3, Termarr Johnson was 0-for-3 and Tanner Tredaway was 1-for-4.