Minor League Roundup: Strong Starts From Tim Alderson, Rick VandenHurk

The roundup from Sunday:

-P- Having scored runs yesterday, Indianapolis got even more radical today and scored more runs than the other team, specifically, four to Buffalo's one. Three Indians' pitchers combined to allow only two hits. New farmhand Rick VandenHurk went five innings, allowing two hits and a run. He walked three and struck out three. Tim Wood, who's allowed only one run in his last 17 innings, followed with three perfect innings, fanning two. Doug Slaten pitched a 1-2-3 9th. The Indians got what offense they needed from Jordy Mercer, who went 2-3 with a walk and two runs, and Jose Morales, who went 2-4 with two RBIs. Starling Marte went 0-4 and now has three hits in 26 ABs since returning from his hand injury, dropping his average to .239.

-P- Altoona won its sixth straight, shutting out Erie behind Tim Alderson, 5-0. Alderson went seven innings, allowing two hits and no walks, and fanning three. Kris Harvey went the last two, also allowing two hits and fanning three. Altoona also had only four hits, but they included a double by Matt Curry and a two-run HR by Quincy Latimore, his second. Curry, Latimore and Tony Sanchez all went 1-3. Robbie Grossman went 0-3 with a walk and now has two hits in his last 27 ABs.

-P- Bradenton lost to Dunedin, 4-1. Andy Vasquez homered, his first, for the only Marauders' run. Mel Rojas, Jr., went 2-4. Eliecer Navarro started for only the second time this year and allowed two runs over 4.1 IP. Jeff Inman threw two innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits, while fanning one. Inman hasn't allowed an earned run and has given up only four hits in his first 9.2 IP this year, but he's fanned only four.

-P- West Virginia lost, 6-5, to Greenville in ten innings after scoring two to tie the game in the 9th. Matt Benedict started and allowed two runs, one earned, over six innings on five hits. He walked none and fanned four. Benedict left with a 3-2 lead, but Clario Perez allowed two runs in the next inning. Perez was making his first stateside appearance after spending three years in the Dominican Summer League. Mike Jefferson ended up losing the game in the 10th. Willy Garcia went 3-5 and Gregory Polanco 1-5 with a double. Alen Hanson went 1-5 with a triple and his 21st error. Organizational infielder Francisco Aponte played his first game for the Power, having replaced Jodaneli Carvajal on the roster. Aponte went 2-4 with a triple.

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