Minor League Roundup: State College Salvages Poor Night For The System

Only four games on Sunday, as Bradenton got rained out again and the three rookie-level teams were off. WARNING: If you're too delicate for bad news, skip down to State College.

-P- Indianapolis saw its seven-game winning streak snapped in a 4-0 shutout loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Jeff Locke struggled, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. He fanned nobody. Dan McCutchen had a 1-2-3 inning, and Chris Leroux allowed a solo HR and fanned one in two innings. The offense managed seven singles, two by Jeff Clement.

-P- Altoona got walloped by Akron, 15-4, in a game that featured a beanball war at the end. Phil Irwin and Hunter Strickland both got torched. Irwin allowed seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and two walks in five innings. He did strike out eight. Strickland gave up five runs in one inning. Matt McSwain pitched the last three innings and hit the same batter twice, evidently provoking retaliation as the Akron pitcher hit Stefan Welch in the 9th, leading to a bunch of ejections. Robbie Grossman went 2-3 with two doubles and two walks, and Brock Holt went 2-5, leaving his average at .317. Jarek Cunningham struck out all five times up.

-P- Zack von Rosenberg flashed back to his struggles a year ago, allowing three HRs in a 9-3 loss to Lexington. Von Rosenberg lasted five innings, giving up eight hits and seven runs, walking none and fanning three. Zac Fuesser followed, allowing two runs in four innings. The Power had only five hits and didn't score until a three-run 9th that featured a two-run double, his 23rd, by Jose Osuna. Alen Hanson got the day off.

-P- State College stretched its record to 5-2 with a 6-5 win over Mahoning Valley. Joely Rodriguez went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, with two Ks. The bullpen added three scoreless innings, leaving Pat Ludwig with a 6-3 9th inning lead. Ludwig gave up two runs, but held on to get the save. Samuel Gonzalez went 2-3 with two RBIs, while Ryan Hornback went 2-4 with a triple.

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