Minor League Roundup: Good Days for Gerrit Cole, Robbie Grossman and Matt Hague

The action from Saturday:

-P- Indianapolis beat Norfolk, 5-4, in 14 innings on a walk-off single by Matt Hague. Jo-Jo Reyes started and wasn't quite as effective as he's been most of the time, but he still allowed only two runs over five innings on seven hits and a walk, with five Ks. Bryan Morris threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, and fanning two. Evan Meek went two innings, allowing only a walk and striking out four. Jose "Jumbo" Diaz, who's been a disappointment due to poor control, gave up two in the 12th, but the Indians tied the game back up in the bottom half. Tim Wood, who's been pitching well lately after a horrible start to the season, threw two perfect innings and fanned three to pick up the win. Jordy Mercer went 2-4 with two walks to extend his hitting streak to 13 and raise his average to .292. Hague went 4-6 with a double. Brian Friday--Remember when he was the shortstop of the future?--got a rare start and went 4-6 with a double and a game-tying, two-run single in the 12th. In the process he raised his average to a level Clint Barmes only wishes he could reach at .172. Jeff Larish got the start in left and showed he's in the right organization, going 0-3 with two strikeouts before being lifted for a pinch hitter.

-P- Slumping Altoona lost to Erie, 11-6. Brandon Cumpton, who's been the Curve's best starter, gave up seven hits, including three HRs, and two walks in 4.2 IP. He fanned four and was charged with six runs, five earned. Kris Harvey, yet another of the Pirates' many attempts to rescue failed Marlins' prospects, gave up four runs in one inning, raising his ERA to 7.45. Robbie Grossman continued to turn his season around, going 2-3 with two walks, a double and his 3rd HR. Matt Curry went 1-2 with a double and two walks, and Ramon Cabrera went 3-5 with a double to raise his average to .287. The game featured seven batters hit by pitches, four of them by Altoona pitchers, with Jeremy Farrell and Curve manager P.J. Forbes getting ejected.

-P- Gerrit Cole had a strong start as Bradenton walloped St. Lucie, 9-1. Cole went six innings, allowing three hits and one run, the latter on a solo HR. He walked one and fanned five. Casey Sadler threw three scoreless innings in relief for a save. Dan Grovatt went 2-4 with two doubles, Carlos Paulino, went 2-3 with a double and a walk, and Drew Maggi went 1-3 with two walks. St. Lucie was no easy mark, as they've been dominating the Florida State League. They came in with a 28-7 record.

-P- West Virginia had another miserable game, losing 16-2 to Charleston. Zac Fuesser continued the dismal 2012 showing of the team's 2009 draftee pitchers, getting blasted for 11 hits and nine runs, all earned, over 4.1 IP. His ERA is now 5.34. Dan Gamache went 2-4 with a double, but also committed two errors. Gregory Polanco 1-4 with a double and Alen Hanson 1-4.

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