Minor League Roundup: Matt Hague Rediscovers the Longball; Jameson Taillon Has OK Start

Altoona's game was postponed, so there were three games Tuesday:

-P- Indianapolis topped Buffalo, 6-3, but may have lost two players in the process. Jo-Jo Reyes left after pitching one inning and Chase d'Arnaud came out for a pinch runner after hitting a single in the first. Both may have suffered leg injuries, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. Kris Johnson gave up two runs in 3.2 IP after relieving Reyes. Bryan Morris followed and had some trouble, allowing a run on four hits and two walks in two innings, with two Ks. Morris left with the bases loaded in the 7th, but Tim Wood got the last out. Wood then pitched the last two innings without allowing a hit. He's now allowed just one run in his last 19.1 IP. Matt Hague finally went deep for the first time this year and was 2-4 overall. Starling Marte broke out of a slump by going 3-4 with three steals, although he also got picked off base. #FreeJordyMercer (I'm making it official) went 2-4 to raise his average to .294.

UPDATE: According to Pirates Prospects, d'Arnaud suffered a hip flexor and Reyes a hamstring injury.

-P- Bradenton beat Lakeland by the same 6-3 score behind a slightly shaky start from Jameson Taillon. Much of the Marauders' offense resulted from errors, particularly their four-run 3rd inning, in which they were on the receiving end of three errors and a wild pitch, plus one other error that was later changed to a hit. Stefan Welch and Justin Howard each went 2-4, and Howard and Carlos Paulino each had a double. Taillon had trouble mainly just in one inning, when all three runs scored, one of them unearned. He went six innings and allowed six hits and three walks, while fanning three.

-P- West Virginia lost to Lexington, 3-2, despite allowing only three hits. Zack Dodson allowed only one hit in four innings, but he walked three and threw a wild pitch in the first, resulting in one run. He didn't walk any more after that and fanned two. Zac Fuesser relieved and gave up two runs on a walk and a HR. He allowed only one other hit and one other walk in 3.2 IP, while fanning five, but took the loss. Gregory Polanco went 2-4 to raise his average to .302. Alen Hanson went 0-4 and is down to .330. Junior Sosa went 1-4 with three strikeouts, but is still hitting .306. The Power's 2-5 hitters (Kirk Singer, Polanco, WIlly Garcia and Sosa) fanned ten times.

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