Minor League Roundup: Jeff Clement Hits for Cycle; Jeff Locke Has Good Start, Jameson Taillon Doesn't

Lots of action in the farm system on Saturday, with two doubleheaders:

-P- Indianapolis beat Syracuse, 7-3, as Jeff Clement hit for the cycle. He's now hitting 307/391/536, with six HRs. Casey McGehee is hitting . . . well, something awful. #FreeJeffClement? Or not? You decide. Meanwhile, another Jeff, this one Locke, allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings, while fanning six. Bryan Morris allowed a run in the 8th and Evan Meek retired the side in order, with two Ks, in the 9th. Alex Presley went 2-4 with a double and his fourth HR. Starling Marte went 1-3 with a walk.

-P- Altoona split a doubleheader with Portland. The Curve lost game one, 5-3, as Nate Baker once again struggled to find the strike zone. He gave up four runs on six hits and five walks in 4.2 IP, with three strikeouts. On the season he's walked 32 in 51.2 IP, while fanning only 28. Robbie Grossman went 2-4 with a triple. Jeff Inman followed Baker and allowed a run on four hits over 2.1 IP, with no walks or Ks. Altoona won game two, 3-2, on a walkoff, two-run single by Jarek Cunningham. Cunningham's hit retrieved some brilliant strategy: After the Curve got the first two hitters on base in the bottom of the 7th, the manager had Robbie Grossman attempt a sacrifice with two strikes. Naturally, he bunted foul for a strikeout. Fortunately, Brock Holt followed with a walk, setting up Cunningham's winner. Phil Irwin started and allowed the two runs in five innings on four hits and two walks. He fanned three. Vic Black pitched a scoreless 7th, with a walk and a strikeout. DH Charlie Cutler, a third string catcher who's been playing a lot in the outfield to cover for injuries, hit his second HR. Holt went 1-2 with two walks.

-P- Bradenton dropped a pair to Brevard County, 4-3 and 4-1. Jameson Taillon struggled for the fourth straight start in game one. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings, while fanning four. Mel Rojas, Jr., went 2-4 and Alex Dickerson 1-3 with a double. In game two, Casey Sadler, normally a reliever, got the start and gave up all four runs. The Marauders managed only four hits, with Rojas and Dickerson both going 1-3.

-P- West Virginia went into the top of the 9th trailing by two and tied it, only to give up a run in the bottom half and lose, 6-5, to Hickory. Alen Hanson returned to the Power lineup and went 2-4 with a double and his eighth HR. He's now hitting 346/403/611. Junior Sosa went 3-4. Zack Dodson had another weak start, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out two. Robbie Kilcrease allowed the fifth run and also the game-winner in the 9th.

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