Indianapolis won 8-2, beating the Toledo Mud Hens to go to 2-1 on the young season. Brad Lincoln got the nod for the Indians and had a great start. Lincoln pitched 5 strong innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 earned run. He struckout 6 batters and didn't walk a single one. Starling Marte went 2-5 with a double, already bringing his average up to .308 for the year. Jeff Clement had a big day, going 3-4 with 2 runs scored, two doubles and a walk. Gorkys Hernandez went 1-3 with a run scored, an RBI, a walk and 2 strikeouts. Chase D'Arnaud did not play after being hit in the head by a pitch in the game previous. D'Arnaud was able to leave the game under his own power after the incident.
Altoona did not play 4/8
Bradenton did not play 4/8
West Virginia dropped their contest against the Hagerstown Suns 8-6. That gives the Power an overall record of 1-3 so far this season. Starting pitcher Zachary Fuesser got tagged for 3 earned runs in 3 innings, giving up 2 hits and 4 walks, while recording 2 strikeouts. Orlando Castro, Rinku Singh, and Robert Kilcrease all pitched at least one inning in relief and each pitcher gave up at least one run, although Singh's was unearned. Castro was the losing pitcher of record, as he gave up 3 earned runs in 2 innings on 4 hits and 2 walks. Castro was unable to strikeout a batter. Alen Hanson had his second straight hitless game, going 0-5 and dragging his tripleslash "down" to .294/.333/.588. Hanson added a strikeout to cap his frustrating day, although he's still had a good season thus far. Jodaneli Caravajal went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple. Chris Lashmet and Kirk Singer also each had multi-hit games, with Lashmet managing 3 and Singer lacing 2 doubles and that helped contribute to his 4 RBI day. Jose Osuna was 1-4 with a run scored. Josh Bell and Willy Garcia were both hitless going 0-4 each. Bell added a strikeout and a RBI.
The Indians will square off against the Columbus Clippers in their next game. Charlie Morton will be the starter as he prepares to rejoin the major league squad soon. First pitch is scheduled at 6:35 PM in Columbus.
Altoona plays the Akron Aeros at 6:30 PM. Starting pitcher for the Curve will be Aaron Pribanic as the team continues their season opening homestand.
Gerrit Cole will be the starting pitcher for the Bradenton Marauders, marking his minor league regular season debut. The Marauders will face off against the Palm Beach Cardinals on the road. The game should start at 6:35 PM
The Power will start their series against the Asheville Tourists. Zach Dodson will be on the hill for a start time of 7:05 PM. The game will be on the road.