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(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders spotted Ft. Myers two runs in the second inning then came back to win its first ever game in the Florida State League 18-3 Thursday night at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, FL.
Third baseman Jeremy Farrell hit two homeruns including a grand slam and drove in seven runs as the Marauders batted around in the fourth and seventh innings. Left fielder Quincy Latimore homered, singled, drove in two runs and threw out a runner at the plate. Right fielder Robbie Grossman also hit a two run shot as the Marauders pounded out sixteen hits off Miracle pitching.
Bryan Morris went four and two-thirds innings and struck out five for the win. Kyle Gibson took the loss for Ft. Myers, the Minnesota Twins Florida State League affiliate.
Morris threw the Marauders first pitch to Ft. Myers Miracle Drew Thompson in the Pittsburgh Pirates A league affiliate’s inaugural game in the Florida State League for a ball which was taken out of the game for the archives. Shortstop Greg Picart beat out ground ball to short for the Marauders first ever base hit with no outs in the bottom of the first inning.
The Marauders were formed when the Cincinnati Reds moved to Arizona after last year’s spring training and the team decided not to keep its Florida State League team the Sarasota Reds in Florida. The Pittsburgh Pirates purchased the right to keep a local team in the area and moved it’s A league team down from West Virginia. Former Sarasota Reds GM Dan Wolfert is the general manager of the Marauders.
Bradenton will travel to Ft. Myers to play the next two games in the series against the Miracle on the road and will complete the four game set back at McKechnie field on Monday night.
Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Mayor Poston has also had the honor of throwing out the first ball at a Tampa Bay Rays game in 2007.
The Marauders held the first of three fireworks shows after tonight’s ballgame with Ft. Myers. The other two will be on July 4th and August 28th.
Tonight’s game drew 2396 fans through the McKechnie Field turnstiles.