Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Marauders' mission - beat Zack Wheeler


Standing between the Bradenton Marauders and elimination is one of the best prospects in baseball and the centerpiece to one of this season's biggest trades.

Zack Wheeler goes for the St. Lucie Mets in Game 2 of tonight's South Division Championship Series at Digital Domain Park. The Mets beat the Marauders 4-2 on Tuesday in Game 1 and lead the best-of-three series 1-0.

Wheeler, 21, was the San Francisco Giants' first pick in 2009. Ranked the 55th-best prospect by Baseball America, Wheeler was dealt to the New York Mets at the trade deadline in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran.

Wheeler went 2-2 in six starts with St. Lucie but recorded a 2.00 ERA, allowing six earned runs and striking out 31 in 27 innings and walking five. He was 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA in two starts this year against the Marauders.

Prior to the trade, Wheeler went 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA with the Giants' high Single-A affiliate in San Jose.

"The advantage he has is his overall stuff," Mets manager Pedro Lopez told tcpalm.com. "Whenever you have a guy with that kind of repertoire, it'll make it difficult for any club."

The Marauders will counter with Brett Lorin, who went 7-6 with a 2.84 ERA en route to making the FSL South's All-Star team.

First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

M's lose 4-2

The Marauders lost 4-2 in Game 1 of the South Division Championship Series at McKechnie Field.

They need to Game 2 Wednesday in Port St. Lucie,to stay alive and force Game 3, which would be played Thursday back in Port St. Lucie's Digital Domain Park.

Game 2 starts at 6:30 p.m.

M's trail 4-2, down to their final three outs

The Bradenton Marauders are down to their final three outs in Game 1 of the South Division Championship Series.
Jose Coronado ripped a two-out, two-run double to deep center off reliever Diego Moreno to give the St. Lucie Mets a 4-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning.
The Marauders initially caught a break earlier in the inning when Francisco Pena ripped a line drive down the left-field line that easily would have scored Jefry Marte from first. But the ball rolled into the Mets' bullpen and was ruled a ground-rule double, forcing Marte to stop at third.
But Coronado's double made it moot.
The Marauders will send up Elevys Gonzalez, Evan Chambers and Cole White in the bottom of the ninth against Mets reliever Jeff Kaplan, who had 12 saves this season.

All tied up, Foster in from the 'pen

The St. Lucie Mets have drawn even with the Bradenton Marauders, and needed just one hit to do so.

The Mets tied the score at 2-2 in the seventh, a rally that began when Cesar Puello was hit by pitched. He went to third on a soft single by Cory Vaughn and wound up scoring when Francisco bounced into a 4-6-3 double play.

But Jose Coronado singled, chasing Marauder starter Brandon Cumptom. The right went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, and striking out seven and walking one.

Cumpton gave way to Zachary Foster, who needed just one pitch to retire Pedro Zapata on a fielder's choice.

It's 2-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Mets make a dent, trail 2-1

The St. Lucie Mets are showing some life in Game 1 of the South Division Championship Series, and now trail 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Wilmer Flores dumped a two-out double off the glove of a sliding Evan Chambers in center. Stefan Welch, above, followed a run-scoring single to right. But Marauders' starter Brandon Cumpton quelled the rally by retiring Jefry Marte on a grounder to first.

Marauders give Cumpton more support, lead 2-0

(photo by Paul Videla)

The Bradenton Marauders have given pitcher Brandon Cumpton more room to work during the fifth inning of their South Division Championship Series opener with the St. Lucie Mets.

Ramon Cabrera grounded a two-out single to right in he fifth, scoring Bengie Gonzalez and giving the Marauders a 2-0 lead.

Gonzalez started the rally with a one-out hit and moved to third on Adalberto Santos' third hit of the night. Cabrera, who drove in the game's first run with a first-inning sacrifice fly, followed.

Cumpton escapes, preserves M's 1-0 lead

The Marauders lead the Mets 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to starter Brandon Cumpton, who pitched into and out of his first jam of the night in the top of the fifth.

Jefry Marte led off the inning with a single and stole second before Cumpton struck out Cesar Puello. An infield single by Cory Vaughn put runners on the corners, but Cumpton responded by striking out Francisco Pena and Jose Coronado.

Cumpton has allowed three hits, two of which have not left the infield, and struck out six through five innings. He has walked one.

Cumpton cruising, Marauders winning

The Marauders lead the St. Lucie Mets 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning in Game 1 of the South Division Championship Series.

Robbie Grossman led off the first with a walk, went to third on a double by Adalberto Santos and scored on a sacrifice fly from Ramon Cabrera, the FSL batting champion.

After allowing an infield single to Pedro Zapata leading off the game, Marauders' pitcher Brandon Cumpton has retired eight straight, striking out three.

Playoff baseball: Lineups

It's Game 1 of the South Division Championship Series at McKechnie Field, where the Marauders are set to host the St. Lucie Mets.

Here are the lineups:


Pedro Zapata, dh

Gilbert Gomez, lf

Wilmer Flores, ss

Stefan Welch, 1b

Jefry Marte, 3b

Cesar Puello, cf

Cory Vaughn, rf

Francisco Pena, c

Jose Coronado, 2b

Darin Gorski, p


Robbie Grossman, rf

Adalberto Santos, lf

Ramon Cabrera, c

Calvin Anderson, dh

Elevys Gonzalez, 3b

Evan Chambers, cf

Cole White, 1b

Kelson Brown, 2b

Bengie Gonzalez, ss

Brandon Cumpton, p

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Former Marauders win awards in Altoona

The Double-A Altoona Curve announced their season-ending awards Sunday, and all of the winners are former Marauders.

Awards are listed below:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Starling Marte



IRON MAN: Brock Holt



Former Marauder Marte named Eastern League Rookie of the Year

(minorleaguebaseball.com) Starling Marte's sterling season at Double-A Altoona did not go unnoticed.
Marte, 22, has been named the Eastern League's Rookie of the Year, making him the first Curve to win the award.
Marte led the league in hitting (.332), hits (177) and tied the for the lead in doubles (38). He was second in runs (90) and total bases (267) while hitting 12 home runs, driving in 50, stealing 24 bases and slugging .501.
Marte batted .315 in 60 games last season with Bradenton. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an undrafted free agent in 2007.