The Stone Crabs returned to the win column after defeating the Bradenton Marauders 5-2 on Wednesday night at McKechnie Field.
Determined to not lose again, the Stone Crabs jumped out to the lead in the first inning. John Jaso led off the game with a ground-rule double. He then scored on an RBI single by James Loney to give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.
Bradenton tied the game an inning later. Harold Ramirez tripled to right and later scored on a grounder by Jin-De Jhang to tie the game.
The Stone Crabs regained the lead in the third, Willy Adames went deep for his third home run of the season to give the Stone Crabs a 2-1 lead.
The Stone Crabs added another run in the sixth on another big fly. This time it was Armando Araiza going deep to left to make it 3-1.
Bradenton inched closer by scoring in the bottom of the eighth. Barrett Barnes drew a walk and later scored on a ground ball by Ramirez to pull to within a run of the lead.
The Stone Crabs picked up a pair of insurance runs in the ninth. Armando Araiza doubled to center followed by a single by Braxton Lee. Both runners scored on a single by Yoel Araujo to give the Stone Crabs the 5-2 margin of victory.
Kyle McPherson earned the victory, his first of the season. Brad Schreiber notched his league leading 18th save. Frank Duncan was charged with the loss for Bradenton. The series continues on Thursday night with Brent Honeywell (0-1, 9.00) on the mound opposite Tyler Eppler (0-1, 6.94).
- John Jaso (DH): 2 for 5 with a double and run scored
- James Loney (1B): 2 for 3
- Casey Gillaspie (1B): 0 for 1
- Willy Adames (SS): 2 for 4 with a home run
- Granden Goetzman (LF): 0 for 4
- Jace Conrad (3B): 0 for 4
- Pat Blair (2B): 0 for 3
- Armando Araiza (C): 2 for 4 with a double and a home run
- Braxton Lee (CF): 1 for 4 with a run scored
- Yoel Araujo (RF): 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s
- Jake Odorizzi: 1 run on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk
- Kyle McPherson (Win, 1-0): 2 scoreless innings with 2 hits and a strikeout
- Jeff Ames (Hold, 5): 1 run on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk in 2 innings
- Brad Schreiber (Save, 18): 1 no-hit inning