Game Story: Jase Bowen Walks off Marauders in Extra Innings against Fort Myers
If you are a creature of habit, this week's series between the Bradenton Marauders and Fort Myers Mighty Mussels probably wasn't for you. Rain delayed the start multiple days during the week, and the pending landfall of Tropical Depression Fred pushed the start time of Saturday's contest up as well as postponed Sunday's game.
So even though Sunday is his regular spot in the rotation, Jared Jones got the start for the Marauders. The 20-year old Jones has been fantastic in the month of August, posting a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings, striking out 15 batters in two starts.
It wasn't the prettiest of outings, but Jones pitched three shutout innings, bringing his ERA for the month of August down to 0.64. Jones allowed a lead off double, but quickly erased it by way of a fielder's choice. After a ground ball was hit by to the pitcher, Jones was able to catch the runner on second leaning and threw to Francisco Acuna to get the out.
Jones would walk the next batter, but then record a strikeout and flyout to get out of the inning.
In the second, Jones walked and hit a batter but was also able to get out of the inning unscathed. By it was all said and done, it took 65 pitches to get through his start, 37 of them were strikes. Six of the nine outs Jones recorded were by strikeouts.
Due to the high pitch count, and the fact that there would only be four games played this week, the Marauders made a move to the bullpen, getting Logan Hofmann in.
The righty pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk while striking out three, giving the Marauders the lead going into the eighth inning after Alexander Mojica and Daniel Rivero hit back to back doubles in the third, scoring the former.
Undrafted rookie Nick Dombkowski came in to pitched the eighth but allowed a lead off home run to Aaron Sabato. The Fort Myers' first baseman has been on a tear this week, as that was his fourth home run in the series against the Marauders, and 10th overall on the season.
After no one was able to plate a run in the ninth, Oliver Mateo struck out the side in the top of the tenth before Jase Bowen singled home Jack Herman to walk off the Marauders in the home half.