Three games today, with Altoona off:
-P- The big news in Indianapolis' 1-0 win over Norfolk was Justin Wilson's exit with a groin injury. It beats an arm injury, I guess. Wilson lasted three innings and was throwing strikes, 21 in 30 pitches. He allowed one hit and no walks, and fanned one. Rick VandenHurk, a strugglingformerMarlinsprospect, replaced Wilson and threw five shutout innings to get the win. He also walked nobody while allowing five hits and fanning four. The Indians had only three hits, two by Jeff Clement and one by Jeff Larish, which means Jordy Mercer's hitting streak ended at 14. Starling Marte returned to the starting lineup and went 0-3. The only run scored when Gorkys Hernandez walked, went to third on a wild pickoff throw, and scored on a Matt Hague sac fly.
-P- Bradenton also had only one run and three hits, but the Marauders lost, 4-1, to powerhouse St. Lucie. Tyler Waldron started and fared poorly, allowing ten hits, two of them HRs, in five innings. Stefan Welch hit his 6th HR to provide the only Bradenton run. Wes Freeman had a double. Gift Ngoepe went 0-4 with four Ks, and Mel Rojas, Jr., went 0-4 with three.
-P- West Virginia scored twice in the 7th to pull out a 3-2 win over Lexington. Nick Kingham had his best start in full season ball, going five innings and allowing four hits and no walks, while striking out six. He allowed the two opposing runs on a HR. Porfirio Lopez followed with three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanning four. On the night Power pitchers fanned a dozen and walked none. Alen Hanson went 3-4 with a double and a walk. Kirk Singer went 2-4 and Willy Garcia went 2-3 with a double. The Power got two in the 7th on bunt hits by Hanson and Singer, a wild throw, a balk, a wild pitch and two sac flies.