Minor League Roundup: The Rest of the System; Jameson Taillon Dominates Again

The big news you already know. Apart from the no-hitter, Starling Marte went 1-4 with his second HR and two whiffs, Jake Fox hit two doubles, and Gorkys Hernandez went 2-3 with a double. Matt Hague was 0-4 with three Ks. Elsewhere:

-P- Altoona had a long and unproductive day, losing both ends of a double-header. Game one went 13 innings (normally double-header games in the minors are limited to seven) and resulted in a 4-3 loss. The Curve went with a series of relievers in two- or three-inning stints, including recently demoted Shairon Martis, who threw three scoreless innings. Victor Black went two innings without allowing a run. He gave up a hit and a walk and fanned three, and threw 21 of 31 pitches for strikes, a big improvement over his last outing. Kris Harvey ultimately took the loss, blowing a one-run lead in the 12th and giving up the winner in the 13th. Robbie Grossman and Brock Holt both went 0-6, and Tony Sanchez went 1-6 with a double and four whiffs. Adalberto Santos went 2-6, but got caught stealing twice. Altoona also lost game two in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the 7th, after tying the game in the top half of the inning. Duke Welker allowed a go-ahead run to score, charged to starter Mike Colla, after entering with two outs in the 6th and then lost it with two outs in the 7th, for a final of 3-2. Colla went 5.2 IP, allowing three hits and three walks, and fanning seven. Grossman finished a brutal day by going 0-3. Reserves Kelson Brown and Charlie Cutler provided the offense, each going 2-3 with a double.

-P- Jameson Taillon continued to justify his top prospect status, throwing six shutout innings in a 4-1 win over Jupiter. He allowed three hits, all singles, and one walk, while fanning four. He got 12 of 14 batted-ball outs on the ground. In his last 21 innings, Taillon has allowed two runs, 13 hits and two walks, while fanning 22. He has not allowed a HR on the season. Quinton Miller pitched the 9th for his third save. Mel Rojas, Jr., and Carlos Paulino each had two hits.

-p- West Virginia's pitching woes continued, as the Power lost to Greensboro, 9-4. Ryan Hafner made his second start after missing the opening of the season with a groin injury and struggled again. He went 3.2 IP, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks, while fanning none. He also had a hit batsman and a wild pitch. Much of the damage came on a three-run, first inning HR. The bullpen allowed five unearned runs, highlighting another problem for the very young Power team: poor defense. Jodaneli Carvajal had two errors and Dan Gamache one. Alen Hanson got his average back to .400 with a 3-5 day that included a double. Gregory Polanco added a two-run HR, his fifth, his only hit in five ABs. Junior Sosa went 2-2, raising his average to .353 before leaving for a pinch hitter. He's hitting .415 against RHPs.

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