Minor League Roundup: Gift Ngoepe, Alen Hanson and Jarek Cunningham Go Deep

The roundup of Wednesday's games:

-P- Indianapolis took an early 4-0 lead, but ended up losing in ten innings, 5-4. Jeff Larish hit a bases-loaded triple in the first and then scored on a sac fly, but that was it for the offense. Jeff Clement went 1-3 with a double and two walks. Justin Wilson started and again had pitch efficiency problems, coming out after 5.2 IP and 101 pitches. He allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while fanning six. One of the runs scored after he left when Jose Diaz gave up a game-tying HR. Evan Meek ultimately lost the game by allowing a HR to former ace Pirate pinch hitter Jeff Salazar. Meek went three innings and allowed two hits and two walks, and fanned two.

-P- Altoona also blew an early lead. The Curve got three in the first on an RBI double by Matt Curry and a HR by Jarek Cunningham, his second. Shairon Martis gave up five runs, however, and Altoona lost to Richmond, 5-4. Curry went 3-4 with three doubles, Brock Holt went 2-4 and Cunningham finished 1-3 with a walk. Jeff Inman threw two perfect innings, fanning three.

-P- Bradenton didn't bother with the early lead and just lost, 4-3, to Ft. Myers. The Marauders did actually tie the game, 3-3, on a two-run HR in the 7th by Gift Ngoepe, his fifth(!). New acquisition Kenn Kasparek, however, served up a gopher in the 8th to provide the winning margin for the bad guys. Alex Dickerson and Carlos Paulino each went 2-4 with a double. Tyler Waldron had his third straight good start, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits and a walk over seven innings. He fanned eight.

-P- West Virginia got an early lead that was too big to lose, and beat Lakewood, 10-5. Alen Hanson led off the bottom of the first with his seventh HR, then the Power scored six in the second. Hanson finished 3-4 and is back up to .345; he's 9-15 in his last four games. Dan Gamache went 3-3 with two doubles and Chris Lashmet went 2-3 with two triples. Matt Benedict started and allowed two runs in six innings.

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