Minor League Roundup: Good Starts from Rudy Owens and Colton Cain End in Marathon Losses

Here's the summary of Thursday's action:

-P- Indianapolis lost to Norfolk, 3-2, in 13 innings. Rudy Owens went eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk, while fanning seven. He threw 102 pitches, 67 for strikes. In his last four games, he's gone at least seven innings each time and has an ERA of 1.24. Tim Wood and Jose Diaz followed with four scoreless innings, but Dan Moskos recorded only one out in the 13th before allowing a walkoff hit. Jake Fox went 2-3 with two doubles and a walk, and is now hitting .407. Jordy Mercer went 2-6 with a double, and Starling Marte and Matt Hague each went 1-6.

-P- Altoona lost to Erie, 1-0. The Curve had only five hits. Brock Holt went 2-4 with a double, Matt Curry 1-3 with a walk, and Robbie Grossman 0-4 with two strikeouts, although he did throw a runner out at home. Kris Johnson started and allowed no runs, three hits and no walks over five innings, with four Ks. Vic Black pitched the 8th and gave up the game's only run on three hits.

-P- Bradenton dropped a 16-inning game to Charlotte, 3-2. Colton Cain allowed eight hits and a walk over six innings, while fanning five. He left with a 2-1 lead that held up until the 9th, when a two-out Carlos Paulino passed ball let in the tying run. Charlotte pitchers recorded 21 strikeouts, as six different Marauders hitters fanned three times each. Wes Freeman went 3-6 with a double, Mel Rojas, Jr., 2-6, and Alex Dickerson 1-8 with a double. Paulino, who has possibly the best arm of all the system's catchers, had a rough day as opponents stole six bases without getting caught.

-P- West Virginia beat Asheville, 8-5. Nick Kingham got the win but didn't pitch well, allowing four runs in five innings. He gave up five hits and two walks while fanning five. The Power had 13 hits, but Alen Hanson somehow got only one, a double, in five trips to lower his average to .402. He was caught stealing for the fifth time in 15 tries. Willy Garcia went 2-4 with his fourth HR. Jose Osuna and Dan Gamache each went 2-5 with a double, and Carlos Mesa went 3-4 with a double.

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