Minor League Roundup: Strong Outings from Jeff Locke, Nate Baker, Ryan Hafner and Phil Irwin

Results from Saturday's games:

-P- Jeff Locke threw seven shutout innings to lead Indianapolis to a 4-0 win over Louisville. Locke threw 67 of his 95 pitches for strikes, allowing four hits, walking none, and fanning five. He's now allowed just two runs in his last 26 innings. Evan Meek pitched the last two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. Starling Marte went 2-4 with a double, Gorkys Hernandez went 3-4, and Matt Hague was 2-3.

-P- Altoona's starting pitchers allowed no runs in a doubleheader with Richmond, but the Curve got only a split. They lost game one in eight innings, 1-0. Nate Baker threw seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk, and fanning six. He threw 60 of 80 pitches for strikes. Kyle Cofield allowed the game's only run in the 8th. The Curve had only four hits. In game two, Shairon Martis threw five shutout innings as Altoona won, 3-1. Duke Welker pitched the last two innings and allowed a run, but picked up the save. Robbie Grossman hit his second HR and went 2-7 on the day. Matt Curry was 2-6 on the day with a double, Brock Holt was 1-6 with a double, and Tony Sanchez went 0-2 with a walk in game one.

-P- Phil Irwin made his first start since aggravating a forearm injury in spring training and threw five strong innings in a 7-2 win. He gave up one run on two hits and no walks, and struck out six. Mel Rojas, Jr., went 3-4, Carlos Paulino 2-4 with a triple, and Drew Maggi 2-4 with a double. Gift Ngoepe added his third HR.

-P- Ryan Hafner threw five shutout innings, but the West Virginia bullpen blew a 2-0 lead and the Power lost, 3-2, to Greensboro. Alen Hanson went 1-4 with a double and Gregory Polanco returned from missing a couple of games to hit his sixth HR. Hafner allowed two hits and a walk while fanning three, but Orlando Castro gave up three runs over three innings to take the loss. This was Hafner's third start following a spring training injury; he'd gotten bombed in the first two.

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