Sorry, I missed yesterday. As a result, today will be a double feature.
Indianapolis dropped their game 5-4 to the Columbus Clippers to drop to 2-3 on the season. Rudy Owens got his first start of the year and got knocked around a bit. He lasted 5.0 innings, giving up 7 hits, including 3 long balls, and 4 earned runs. Owens also struck out 4 and walked 0. Daniel McCutchen pitched in relief, going 3.0 innings, giving up 2 hits, 0 earned runs, while striking out 3 batters. Offensively, Starling Marte was 1-6 with 2 strikeouts and 2 RBI's. Marte also stole 2 bases. Jeff Clement had 4 base knocks, going 4-5 with a strikeout. Eric Fryer collected two hits, going 2-5 with 2 strikeotus.
Altoona won their game 6-1 over the Akron Aeros, improving their record to 3-2. Aaron Poreda started the gaming and went 5.0 innings, giving up 3 hits and walking 5, but managing to only give up 1 unearned run. Poreda also struck out two batters. In relief, Tim Alderson went 2.0 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 1 batter. Offensively, Robbie Grossman led off for the Curve and went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. Jarek Cunningham was 0-2 with 2 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 1 run scored. Matt Curry was 1-4 with 2 RBI's, a run scored, and a strikeout. Tony Sanchez DH'd and went 1-4 with a run scored and 2 strikeouts. Elevys Gonzalez had a big day, going 2-4 with a HR, a run scored, 3 RBI, and a strikeout.
Bradenton beat the Palm Beach Cardinals 6-2. Hunter Strickland got the nod as starting pitcher and responded well, pitching 5.0 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 earned runs and no walks. Strickland added 2 strikeouts. Offensively Drew Maggi had a good game, going 3-5 with a double, a run scored, 2 RBI's and a strikeout. Alex Dickerson had another poor day at the plate, going 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. Dan Grovatt on the other hand had a great day, going 3-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
Nicholas Kingham started for the Power and again got rocked as West Virginia dropped their contest against the Asheville Tourists 6-5. Kingham only lasted 1.1 innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 walks, which resulted in 4 earned runs. Kingham was unable to even strikeout a batter. Offensively, Alen Hanson was the inverse of Kingham as he had a strong game. Hanson, who played shortstop, went 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Hanson also walked 2 times. Josh Bell went 2-5 with a double, an RBI, and a strikeout. Jose Osuna was 0-5 with 2 strikeouts, but Gregory Polanco had a solid game, going 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a strikeout.
Indianapolis won their contest against the Columbus Clippers 8-6 to even their record at 3-3. Justin Wilson had an excellent start, lasting 6.2 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 earned run (on a solo homerun). Wilson showed excellent control, walking 0 batters, and nasty stuff, striking out 7 Clippers. Morris finally had a bad outing in relief, going 1.0 innings, giving up 2 hits, both homeruns and a walk, which equaled out to 3 earned runs. Morris still did manage to earn every out he made via strikeout, making his season total 10 batters faced and 8 struckout, an insane amount. Offensively, Starling Marte went 1-4 in the leadoff spot. Jordy Mercer hit his first homerun, going 1-4 with a walk. Gorkys Hernandez also had a good game, going 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
Altoona's game was rained out and postponed
Bradenton lost 10-4 to the Palm Beach Cardinals. A.J. Burnett got absolutely rocked in a rehab start, only lasting 1.2 inning, giving up 5 hits, 8 runs (5 earned), although Burnett did strikeout 4 batters while only walking 1. Mel Rojas Jr. led off and went 1-5 with a run scored and 2 strikeouts. Alex Dickerson finally had a good game, going 3-4 with 2 RBI's and a strikeout. All 3 hits were singles. Evan Chambers added 2 hits, and Dan Grovatt and Wes Freeman each added a base knock.
West Virginia also gave up 10 runs, losing 10-6 to the Asheville Tourists. Mike Jefferson got the start and gave up 5 hits and 5 earned runs (6 total) in only 3.2 innings. Jefferson also walked 3 batters and only struck out one. There was a Trent Stevenson sighting in relief as he pitched a decent 2.2 innings, giving up 4 hits and an unearned run, but Stevenson also struck out 3 batters and didn't walk a single one. Alen Hanson led off and played shortstop. At the dish, he went 1-5 with 2 strikeouts. Josh Bell hit his first professional homerun, going 2-4 with a homerun, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI's. Bell also didn't strikeout. Gregory Polanco also hit his first homerun of the year going 1-4 with 2 strikeouts and 2 RBI's along with a run scored. Jose Osuna went 2-4 and Willy Garcia added a base knock and a strikeout in 4 at-bats.
The Indians already played today. Jeff Locke got the start. Info on that on the post for tomorrow which will be up tonight (I promise)!
Altoona will play tonight at 6:35 PM. Mike Colla will get the start.
Bradenton will play tonight at 7:05 PM. Colton Cain will get the start.
West Virginia will also play tonight at 7:05 PM. Matt Benedict will get the start.