The rundown from Thursday's games:
-P- Indianapolis shut out Durham, 4-0. Rick VandenHurk went six innings, allowing three hits and a walk, and fanning eight. Duke Welker followed with two innings, allowing one hit and one walk, and fanning one. Bryan Morris had a 1-2-3 9th with two Ks. VandenHurk has now allowed just one run and twelve hits in 19.2 IP since joining the Indians. Alex Presley went 2-3 with a walk; he now has nine walks and nine Ks since his demotion, which is a far cry from the 4:30 BB:K ratio he had in the majors. Brian Friday went 2-3 with a triple. Jose Morales singled and scored in the 7th, breaking a string of five straight strikeouts. His out clause will be triggered today if the Pirates haven't added him to the major league roster.
-P- Altoona beat Richmond, 5-4 in eleven innings. Robbie Grossman won it with a one-out, bases loaded single. Tim Alderson started and had a decent outing, allowing three runs, two earned, in six innings. He gave up six hits and one walk, while fanning five. Tony Sanchez went 3-5 with a double and is now up to .276. Jarek Cunningham 2-4 with a double and a walk, and Charlie Cutler added his first HR of the year. Grossman went 2-6.
-P- Bradenton also won on a walk-off single, beating Ft. Myers in ten innings, 2-1. The Marauders loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the tenth on three walks. Mel Rojas, Jr., struck out, but Alex Dickerson singled to win it. Hunter Strickland went six innings, allowing just an unearned run on seven hits and no walks, with three Ks. Porfirio Lopez and Jason Townsend each threw two scoreless innings in relief.
-P- West Virginia lost to Hickory, 3-2. With Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco sitting out, the Power offense was able to generate only six singles. Ryan Hafner struggled with his control and lasted only four innings. He gave up the three runs, two earned, while allowing five hits and five walks, and fanning two. New acquisition Nathan Kilcrease rescued Hafner from a bases loaded, no out jam in the fifth with no damage. Kilcrease and Zac Fuesser each threw two scoreless innings. Fuesser was the third pitcher in the game, which is a role that generally does not go to prospects, so Fuesser may be going backward in the team's estimation.