Minor League Roundup: Strong Effort from Jameson Taillon; Justin Wilson, Not So Much

In Friday's games:

-P- Justin Wilson blew an early five-run lead and Indianapolis lost to Norfolk, 10-5. Wilson threw 95 pitches in just four innings, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks, while fanning three. Dan McCutchen actually took the loss, although all he allowed was an unearned run in three innings. Jose Diaz got bombed in the 8th. The Indians had only five hits, two each by Anderson Hernandez, who had four RBIs, and Jeff Clement. Jordy Mercer had a double. Starling Marte went 0-5, dropping his average to .262. Gorkys Hernandez went 0-5 for the second straight game and is now hitting just .211/299/263.

-P- Altoona bounced back from an early 6-0 deficit and topped Richmond, 8-7. Starter Mike Colla managed to last six innings despite allowing six runs on nine hits. Tim Alderson threw two scoreless innings for the win, allowing a hit and a walk and fanning none. He has yet to allow a run in 12 AA innings. Vic Black allowed the last run in the 9th but got his first save. Robbie Grossman and Brock Holt each went 2-5, while Matt Curry went 2-4. Kelson Brown and Charlie Cutler--a third-string catcher who's now playing left due to the outfield injuries--each had two hits. Tony Sanchez went 1-4 and committed his sixth error.

-P- Jameson Taillon had another strong start, allowing two runs over six innings on four hits and two walks, with five Ks. All but one hit and one walk came in the third inning to account for both runs. Bradenton, however, couldn't get any offense going and lost, 2-0, to Tampa. The Marauders had only three hits and fanned 13 times, including three by Alex Dickerson. Ten of the strikeouts came in six innings against Tampa starter Jose Ramirez, who entered the game with opponents batting .342 against him. The perpetually injured Jeff Inman made his first appearance of the year, pitching one scoreless inning, as did Josh Poytress.

EDIT: There's a detailed report on Taillon's outing here.

-P- West Virginia beat Asheville, 8-5. For once, it wasn't the Alen Hanson Show. He went 0-5 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .386. He also committed his 12th and 13th errors. Willy Garcia went 3-5 and hit his fifth HR. Over his last nine games he's hitting .371 with four HRs and 12 RBIs. Carlos Mesa went 2-4 with his third HR, a three-run shot. Jose Osuna went 2-5 with a double. Matt Benedict started and won, going five innings and allowing three runs, two earned. Robbie Kilcrease got the save with four innings of relief. He allowed two runs, both unearned, and just one hit and one walk, while fanning five.

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