Minor League Roundup: Outstanding Starts for Justin Wilson and Clay Holmes

Another busy day on Friday:

-P- Two-out singles from Tony Sanchez and Chase d'Arnaud drove in three runs in the bottom of the 8th, lifting Indianapolis to a 4-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Justin Wilson started and had a no-hitter until a two-out single in the 6th drove in the only run he allowed. He ran up a high pitch count, though (108), and came out after six, giving up the one run, walking three and fanning eight. Dan Moskos gave up a run in two innings, setting up the come-from-behind win. Gorkys Hernandez went 1-3 with two walks. Starling Marte went 0-3, but also drew two walks, which is something.

-P- Altoona lost a 4-3 decision to Akron. Brandon Cumpton started and struggled, allowing all the runs in 5.2 IP on six hits and a walk. He did fan eight. Quincy Latimore went 2-4 with a double and his eighth HR. Stefan Welch also went 2-4.

-P- Bradenton got walloped by Charlotte, 11-3. Matt Benedict struggled in his first high A start, allowing four runs in 4.1 IP on five hits and four walks, with no Ks. Jason Townsend then gave up seven more runs over the final 3.2 innings. Kirk Singer went 2-4 with his second HR since his promotion. Carlos Paulino also hit his second HR.

-P- West Virginia beat Lexington, 5-2, behind a strong start from Robby Rowland, who allowed only one run and two hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out three. Eric Avila went 2-3 with two doubles. Alen Hanson went 1-3 and Gregory Polanco 1-4 with a double.

P- State College shut out Mahoning Valley, 4-0, in Clay Holmes' first pro outing. Holmes went five innings, allowing just three hits and a walk, and fanning five. Recent draftee Thomas Harlan fanned four in 1.2 IP. Jodaneli Carvajal went 2-4 with a double and is now 9-17 in his first five games in the New York-Penn League. Raul Fortunato, promoted this year from the DSL, also went 2-4 with a double and is now 6-14. Supplemental first round pick Barrett Barnes went 2-3 with two steals.

-P- The GCL Pirates had another big day at the plate, pounding out 21 hits in a 17-7 win over the Braves. Luis Urena led the onslaught, going 4-5 with a double, his first pro HR, and six RBIs. Urena is a very projectable player who's now 8-16 on the year, with six extra base hits. Candon Myles also went 4-5. Jin-De Jhang went 3-5 with a double, a walk, three runs and three RBIs. Stetson Allie and Jesus Vasquez each went 3-6, with Vasquez adding a double. Axel Diaz, newly arrived from the Dominican, went four innings and allowed one run on four hits and no walks, with three strikeouts.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 gave up seven runs in the 2nd and lost to the Red Sox, 10-6. Leandro Rodriguez, who's apparently something of a prospect, lasted an inning and two-thirds, although all six runs charged to him were unearned. Carlos Esqueda went 2-2 with a double and two hit batsmen. The Pirates had only five hits in the game.

-P- The box score for the DSL Pirates2 hadn't been posted at 11:15pm.

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