Minor League Roundup: Indianapolis Scores Early and Often; Gift Ngoepe Belts Two HRs

Here's a summary of Friday's action:

-P- Indianapolis pounded out 18 hits, drew six walks, scored 13 runs, and still left 15 runners on base in a 13-2 blowout of Durham. Matt Hague collected four hits in six times up, including a double, and both scored and drove in three. He played third and committed his fourth error in ten games. Nick Evans also went 4-6, with a HR, double and three RBIs. Jake Fox hit his first HR while going 2-5 with three RBIs. Starling Marte reached base five times, going 2-4 with two doubles, two (?!) walks, a hit batsman and three runs scored. He raised his average to .303. Jordy Mercer went 2-3 with a double and two walks, but committed two errors. Eric Fryer went 0-6 with three Ks and eight runners stranded. Jo-Jo Reyes allowed two runs over six innings and is now 3-0. Bryan Morris threw three scoreless innings to pick up his second save. He allowed two hits, fanned one, and recorded seven of eight batted-ball outs via grounders. The three Durham pitchers who allowed all but one of the runs all have ERAs in double figures. One of them was Romulo Sanchez.

-P- Altoona lost to Akron, 2-1, with Kris Harvey taking the loss in relief of Matt McSwain. An organizational player who's been called on due to the injury to Aaron Pribanic, McSwain managed to allow just one run over five innings despite walking five. Vic Black pitched a scoreless ninth with a walk and two Ks, but threw only 11 of 24 pitches for strikes. The offense came from Robbie Grossman, who went 2-3 with a walk, and Adalberto Santos, who went 2-4 and is hitting .413. Tony Sanchez got a day off.

-P- Bradenton broke out of an offensive slump with a 9-2 win over Charlotte. Gift Ngoepe launched two HRs, his first two of the year. He finished 2-4 with a walk, three runs and three RBIs. Drew Maggi had a bases loaded triple and a walk in three ABs. Evan Chambers went 2-3. Alex Dickerson and Mel Rojas, Jr., continued slumping, going a combined 0-7 with a walk (drawn by Rojas). Tyler Waldron went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits, no walks and three Ks. He had eleven groundball and two flyball outs.

-P- West Virginia lost to Savannah, 6-2. Nick Kingham took the loss with a shaky start, although it was better than most of his starts so far. He went five, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and fanned four. Alen Hanson went 0-4, ending his hitting streak at 16. Gregory Polanco went 2-4, scored both runs, and stole his tenth base. He's been caught only once. Catcher Elias Diaz, who's been struggling mightily in all phases of the game, went 2-3, threw out two of four base stealers, and picked off another runner.

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