Big 5th inning carries Brandenton to a 1-run victory
The strong start to the season for the Low-A Bradenton Marauders continued on Firday night. Powered by a 5-run 5th inning, the Marauders defeated the Tampa Tarpons 7-6. With the win, the Maruaders are now 16-9 on the season.
Entering the 5th inning Bradenton was trialing 3-2. With one out in the inning, the rehabbing Jared Triolo hit a run-scoring double to tie the game. After Termarr Johnson walked and Rodolfo Nolasco doubled, Shalin Polanco launched a 3-run home run. Polanco's 3rd of the season made the score 7-3 Marauders.
Polanco's home run was part of a multi-hit night, which included a double, for the former top tier international free agent. He now has an OPS of .796 on the season as he is starting to flash why he is likely a future top 100 prospect.
Triolo was 2-for-5 with his double, a run scored, and two RBI in his rehab start. Johnson finished 0-for-3, but drew a pair of walks. Nolasco's run-scoring double was his lone hit, and first baseman Alexander Mojica was 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Thomas Harrington started for Bradenton and continued his strong start to the season. Pitching a professional career-high tying 6 innings, Harrington allowed 4 runs on seven hits, two walks, two home runs, and five strikeouts. Through his first five starts this season Harrington owns a 3.65 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched.
Miguel Fulgencio followed Harrington. Fulgencio walked a batter, but retired the other three batters he faced in a scoreless 7th inning. Lefty Julian Bosnic pitched the final 2 innings for the Marauders. Bosnic allowed 2 runs on a pair of walks, a hit, a home run allowed, he hit a batter, and struck out one while picking up his 3rd save of the season.