Three affiliates were in action on Saturday. Oddly, neither Gerrit Cole nor Jameson Taillon appeared in the Florida State League All-Star game.
-P- Indianapolis twice lost late inning leads as the Indians fell to Charlotte, 5-4, in 11 innings. Rudy Owens started and survived a lot of baserunners--nine hits and two walks--to allow only two runs over six innings. He fanned four. Owens benefited from three outs on the bases, including two outfield assists from Gorkys Hernandez. Dan Moskos and Duke Welker each threw a scoreless inning. Tim Wood allowed a game-tying run on his own error in the 8th. Indy eventually took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the 11th, but Evan Meek retired only one batter while giving up three walks and two hits, leading to a 5-4 loss. Chase d'Arnaud went 2-4 with a double and a walk.
-P- Kyle McPherson made a strong return to the mound as Altoona breezed to a 7-1 win over Binghamton. McPherson went five, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while fanning five. He threw 47 of 66 pitches for strikes. Mike Colla added three shutout innings and Vic Black pitched a scoreless 9th, giving up a hit and fanning two. Evan Chambers, in his second game since being promoted, went 2-4 with a double and his first AA HR. Jeremy Farrell went 3-4 with his 3rd HR, Ramon Cabrera went 3-5 and Brock Holt went 2-4 with a walk.
-P- West Virginia prevailed, 2-1, over Hagerstown in 10 innings. Zack von Rosenberg, in his third start since emerging from extended spring training, bounced back from a bad outing to hold a very good-hitting opposing team to one run in five and a third innings. Von Rosenberg allowed four hits and two walks while fanning five. In a rare success for the Power's bullpen, Robbie Kilcrease and Clario Perez combined for 4.2 scoreless innings in relief. Gregory Polanco went 3-4 with a double and a walk. The winning run scored when Jose Osuna hit a bases-loaded grounder with one out and the Suns couldn't turn the double play.