Minor League Roundup: Alen Hanson Gets Four Hits But the Farm System Goes Winless

Here's the wrapup from Saturday:

-P- Indianapolis dropped a 5-4 decision to Louisville, with all the damage coming in one inning. Jeff Karstens made the rehab start and faced the minimum through four innings before coming undone in the 5th. Two singles--the only hits off Karstens--a hit batsman, an error by Karstens, a wild pitch and a walk to Sean Gallagher, of all people, led to Karstens' exit with one out. He finished with five runs allowed, three of them earned, in 4.1 IP, walking and fanning two. Rick VandenHurk relieved and gave up no runs on two hits and three walks in 4.2 IP, with two Ks. Brandon Boggs and Jordy Mercer each went 2-3, leaving Mercer at .295. Jeff Clement added his second HR of the year. Gallagher held the Indians to five hits and two runs over seven innings.

-P- Altoona lost to Bowie, 9-6. Nate Baker started and struggled mightily with his control. It took him 80 pitches, only 41 of them strikes, to get through three innings. He allowed four runs on three hits and five walks, with three Ks. The runs all came in the second inning and three of them scored on a bases loaded walk, a wild pitch, and a balk. Kyle Cofield gave up three more in 1.2 IP. Jeff Inman went 2.1 IP, allowing a run on one hit and one walk, while fanning two. Vic Black pitched the last inning and also gave up a run on two hits, while fanning two. Black hit 98-99 several times during his one inning. Robbie Grossman and Brock Holt each went 2-5, with Holt's hits both being doubles. Elevys Gonzalez went 2-3, but got thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple with a four-run deficit in the 9th. Quincy Latimore hit a three-run HR, his team-leading fourth. The Bowie lineup was loaded with players who have significant major league experience, including starting pitcher Zach Britton, Endy Chavez, Mark Reynolds and Josh Barfield.

-P- Bradenton got hammered by Jupiter, 9-2. Hunter Strickland allowed three runs over six innings, then Casey Sadler gave up six more, five earned, in two innings. Benji Gonzalez went 2-2 and scored both runs out of the 9th spot.

-P- West Virginia lost to Kannapolis, 5-3, as Ryan Hafner and Zac Fuesser both had problems. Hafner gave up three runs on six hits and four walks over 4.2 IP, with just one K. Fuesser gave up two runs in 4.1 IP, with five hits, two walks and four Ks. Alen Hanson went 4-4 with a double.

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