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By Marty Leap
Poor offense sinks Low-A Bradenton
Suffering a 4-2 loss to the Clearwater Threshers to fall to 1-2 on the season, the offense sunk the Low-A Bradenton Marauders on Sunday afternoon. Shortstop Javier Rivas was 3-for-5 with a run scored, but the rest of the Marauder lineup had just four hits.
Center fielder Tres Gonzales was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Jesus Castillo started at second base going 1-for-3, and third baseman Deivis Nadal was 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, and both Marauder RBI.
Braxton Ashcraft has struggled injuries throughout his professional career. Sunday afternoon he looked very healthy in his 2023 debut, allowing a hit, issuing zero walks, and striking out five batters in 3 scoreless innings pitched. If Ashcraft can find health he could still have a strong professional career, although it would likely be as a reliever.
Kent Emanuel struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 4th inning pitched. J.P. Massey pitched 3 innings of relief, but allowed 3 runs on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Yunior Thibo allowed a solo home run while striking a batter out in the 8th inning. Carlos Lomeli then struck a batter out in a scoreless 9th inning.