Minor League Roundup: Jameson Taillon Struggles for Two Innings; Barrett Barnes Gets Four Hits

A full slate of games for the first time in a while:

-P- Indianapolis got a big lead early and held on to beat Toledo, 9-6. Justin Wilson pitched well early, giving up just an unearned run in the first four innings, but he allowed three runs in the 5th. He came out after that inning, having allowed five hits and a walk, and fanning eight. He hasn't had one of his control meltdowns in a while and you have to start wondering who, out of him, Jeff Locke and Rudy Owens, should be first in line to be called up. Wilson clearly has the best stuff of the three. The #2-5 hitters led the offense for Indy, as Anderson Hernandez, Starling Marte, Jeff Clement and Jordy Mercer all went 2-5. Mercer had a double and Marte a triple, while Clement hit his 9th HR and drove in three. Yamaico Navarro went 1-3 with a double and a walk, and a slumping Tony Sanchez went 1-3 with a double.

-P- Kyle McPherson had a rough start as Altoona dropped a 5-2 decision to Harrisburg. McPherson allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings, while fanning only one. According to the game account at MiLB.com, a lot of the hits were infield hits or popups that dropped. Matt Curry went 2-4 with a double and his 4th HR. Robbie Grossman went 1-2 with two walks.

-P- Jameson Taillon also had a rough start in Bradenton's 5-3 win over Dunedin. Taillon gave up four hits, including two HRs and a double, in the first two innings to account for three runs. He allowed only one hit after that, though, and ended up going five innings. He walked two and fanned four. Jason Townsend threw three hitless innings in relief, walking two and fanning five. Andy Vasquez went 3-4 and Dan Grovatt, who appears to be the new leadoff hitter with Drew Maggi in AA, went 2-5. Junior Sosa had a two-run double.

-P- West Virginia came from behind to beat Lakewood, 7-2. Robby Rowland gave up two runs in the first, but followed that with five shutout innings. He allowed seven hits and a walk, and fanned four. Alen Hanson went 1-2 with a walk, but came out for a pinch runner for no reason I can determine. (Every now and then something like this happens and it doesn't always signify an injury. I suspect some of these substitutions are teaching moments.) Willy Garcia went 2-4.

UPDATE: Pskell02 notes in the comments that Hanson was hit in the head with a throw and left under his own power.

-P- State College pounded out 14 hits and beat Batavia, 6-2. Starter Clay Holmes struggled with his control, walking five in five innings, but he allowed only one hit and one run. He fanned four. Three relievers--Dalton Friend, Joan Montero and Kyle Haynes--combined to fan seven in four innings, with Friend allowing the only run. Barrett Barnes went 4-5, all singles, to raise his average to .303. Ryan Hornback went 3-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, Walker Gourley went 2-4 with two doubles, and D.J. Crumlich went 2-4 with one double.

-P- The GCL Pirates came back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the Yankees, but lost in 11 innings, 8-6. Tyler Glasnow had some gopher ball problems, allowing two among the five hits he gave up in four innings. He allowed three runs, walked none and fanned three. Five relievers fanned 11 over the remaining seven innings. Dilson Herrera went 3-6 with two doubles, although he also fanned three times. He's slugging .724 through seven games. Edwin Espinal, who came in having gone 0-11 with ten Ks, went 2-5 with a double and no whiffs. Adalberto Santos, injured all the way back in April, finally made a rehab appearance and went 1-3 with a double, a walk and a steal.

-P- The belatedly posted box score shows that the DSL Pirates1 got pummeled by the Rangers, 10-2. Cristian Henriquez, a 20-year-old LHP who's supposed to be something of a prospect, allowed eight runs, six earned, in 2.1 IP.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 dropped the Giants, 5-4, on a walkoff HR leading off the bottom of the 10th by 19-year-old outfielder Yomifer Polanco, his first career HR. He went 2-4 with a walk. Maximo Rivera, who's looking increasingly interesting, went 2-5.

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