Minor League Roundup: Too Many Good Performances to List Here

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-P- Indianapolis beat Toledo, 4-2, behind six shutout innings from Jeff Locke. He gave up four hits and two walks, and fanned six. Dan McCutchen allowed the two runs in relief and had to be rescued by Tim Wood. Starling Marte went 2-4 and Brandon Boggs 2-3 with a double.

-P- Altoona got a strong outing from Phil Irwin and hammered Harrisburg, 11-3. Irwin gave up one run on six hits and no walks in seven innings. He fanned six. Robbie Grossman led the offense by going 4-6 with two doubles and a steal of home. He's hitting 368/510/632 in his last ten games. Jarek Cunningham was 3-5 with a triple and three RBIs. Brock Holt and Matt Curry each went 2-5 with a double. Holt is now hitting .319 and is rumored to be negotiating a contract extension with the Curve that will keep him in Altoona until old age. Oscar Tejeda, in his first game with the organization, went 1-2 with his 6th HR and three walks. (He had nine walks in 51 games previously.) Stefan Welch hit his 2nd AA HR.

-P- Bradenton beat Palm Beach, 7-5. Staked to an early 5-0 lead, former reliever Casey Sadler threw shutout ball through the fourth, but gave up four runs in the fifth. An unearned run off Jhonathan Ramos, who walked four in 2.2 IP, tied the game but Bradenton won it with two in the 8th. Elevys Gonzalez went 3-4 with three RBIs and his 1st HR since being demoted from Altoona. Alex Dickerson went 2-4 with his 6th HR, and Kirk Singer went 2-3 with a walk and three runs scored.

-P- Zack von Rosenberg threw six shutout innings as West Virginia beat Delmarva, 7-2. Von Rosenberg allowed seven hits and a walk, and fanned six. Zac Fuesser allowed two unearned runs and two walks in one inning, and Rinku Singh finished with two scoreless innings. Alen Hanson went 2-4 with his 12th HR and 30th error. In his last ten games, Hanson is hitting 457/558/829. Gregory Polanco went 2-4 with two doubles, Taylor Lewis went 3-5, and Francisco Aponte and Elias Diaz each went 2-4.

-P- State College suffered the organization's only loss on the day as the Spikes failed to hold a 2-0, 7th inning lead and dropped a 3-2 game to Mahoning Valley. Joely Rodriguez had his best game as a pro, throwing five shutout innings and allowing three hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. Fifth round draft pick Adrian Sampson made his debut and allowed two runs on four hits in two innings. He did strike out four. Jordan Cooper lost the game on an unearned run in the 8th. State College had six hits.

-P- The GCL Pirates scored six runs in their first two innings, gave up four in the bottom of the 2nd, and hung on to beat the Blue Jays, 6-4. Dilson Herrera went 2-5 with his 4th HR in just ten games. He drove in two runs, while the rest scored on a grand slam by Luis Urena, his 2nd HR. Sixth round draft pick Eric Wood went 1-3 in his pro debut. Elvis Escobar had the only other hits, going 2-4 with a walk. Aneudy Merejo pitched the last two innings, allowing two hits and no walks, and fanning five. Merejo is a small RHP who throws around 93 and was successful as a closer for two years in the DSL.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 scored five runs in the last two innings to upend the Mets2, 5-4. Tito Polo, who went 2-3 with a double, won the game with a walkoff single. Ramses! Pena went 1-3 with two walks and 18-year-old shortstop Carlos Ozuna, who's supposed to be a potential prospect, went 1-2 with two walks. Arquimedes Lorenzo won the game with four shutout innings in relief. The Pirates were high on Lorenzo when they signed him three years ago, but he got derailed by a banned substance suspension and poor performance.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 beat the Nationals, 10-5. Luylli Miranda, a 20-year-old LHP, got the win in relief, allowing no runs, one hit and no walks over 4.2 IP, with six Ks. Maximo Rivera went 2-5 with a double and is hitting 368/421/517. Pablo Reyes, an 18-year-old infielder, went 2-5 with two doubles and is batting .323.

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