Minor League Roundup: Strong Start for Luis Heredia, Big Comebacks for the Marauders and the Power

Everybody was in action on Thursday:

-P- Rudy Owens had a good enough start as Indianapolis beat Gwinnett and former Pirate farmhand Todd Redmond, 4-2. Owens gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in six innings, while fanning four. Evan Meek, Bryan Morris and Tim Wood each added a scoreless inning. Meek walked one and fanned two. Morris allowed three singles, two of them infield hits, but struck out two and escaped unharmed. Starling Marte went 2-4 with a double and Brandon Boggs went 2-3 with a double. Tony Sanchez went 0-4 with two whiffs and is hitting .205 since his promotion.

-P- Altoona lost to New Britain, 5-3, as Kyle McPherson struggled in his second start since coming off the DL. He allowed all five runs on seven hits in six innings, walking one and striking out three. Hunter Strickland pitched two scoreless innings, fanning three, and Jeff Inman fanned one in a 1-2-3 inning. Evan Chambers and Matt Curry each had two hits.

-P- Bradenton came storming back from an early 3-0 deficit to stomp Charlotte, 10-3. Mel Rojas, Jr., went 2-4 with a walk and a grand slam, his 3rd HR. Alex Dickerson went 3-4 with a double and Gift Ngoepe went 1-3 with a double, two walks and three runs. Kirk Singer went 3-4 with a walk and is 7-15 since his promotion. Tyler Waldron started and allowed three runs in five innings.

-P- West Virginia also came back from a 3-0 deficit and beat Lexington, 9-4. Taylor Lewis led the offense, going 3-4 with a triple, his 2nd HR and four RBIs. Lewis is 9-21 since emerging from extended spring training. Eric Avila went 2-3 with his 1st HR and three RBIs. Alen Hanson and Jose Osuna each went 2-4, and each hit his 21st double. Zack Dodson struggled, allowing nine hits and two walks while fanning five in six innings, but he managed to give up only three runs.

-P- State College rode Luis Heredia's season debut to a three-hit, 8-0 shutout of Williamsport. Heredia allowed just one hit and two walks in four innings. He fanned four. Joan Montero followed with two scoreless innings, striking out another four. Jodaneli Carvajal reached base all five times up, going 3-3 with two triples and two walks. Barrett Barnes was retired his first two times up, leaving him temporarily 0-10 as a pro, but he followed that with three straight singles. D.J. Crumlich went 2-3 in his pro debut. Chris Diaz also made his debut, playing short, and went 1-5.

-P- The GCL Pirates lost to the Tigers, 9-5. Wyatt Mathisen went 2-5 to drop his average to .600. Luis Urena went 2-3 with two triples and a walk. Edwin Espinal went 0-5, but only struck out four times. Most of the Tigers' damage came against Cuban signee Cesar Lopez, who allowed six runs in four innings. Dominican lefty Martires Cadet fanned five over three innings, allowing two hits and a run.

-P- Despite allowing only three hits, the DSL Pirates1 lost to the Red Sox, 3-1. Oderman Rocha, a 19-year-old Colombian RHP, had an impressive outing in relief, fanning seven in 4.1 IP, allowing just a hit and a walk, and no runs. Danny Arribas, who got a six-figure bonus a year ago, hit his first HR to provide the Pirates' only offense.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 lost to the Mets1, 17-2. Whatever . . . .

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