Minor League Roundup: Lots of Mediocre Pitching, Including Jameson Taillon (Again)

. . . and I'm not even counting Mark Appel.

Nearly everybody in the farm system put in extra time today:

-P- Indianapolis blew three leads, but managed to outlast Pawtucket, 8-6, in 13 innings. Jeff Locke was staked to a 4-0 lead, but gave up a 3-run HR. He went five, allowing four hits and three walks while fanning seven. Evan Meek then gave up a game-tying HR. The Indians took a 5-4 lead into the 9th, but Tim Wood, who's been outstanding for most of the season, gave up a leadoff double in the bottom half to Pedro Ciriaco, who eventually scored the tying run. Dan Moskos, in his first appearance off the DL, pitched the 10th and gave up a leadoff triple, but got out of the inning without a run scoring. Indianapolis got a run in the 12th, but Kris Johnson blew the lead. The Indians finally went ahead for good on a 2-run single by Starling Marte, his only hit in six ABs, in the 13th. Yamaico Navarro went 3-5 with his first HR and Chase d'Arnaud went 2-5. Tony Sanchez went 1-6 and threw out two of three would-be base stealers. The only Indy player who went hitless was, of all people, Jeff Clement, who finished 0-7.

-P- Altoona lost to Akron, 8-7. Nate Baker had his best start in a while, going 5.2 IP and allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, with two Ks. Ultimately, Jeff Inman gave up three runs in the 8th to take the loss. Inman isn't making a great case to be protected from the Rule 5 draft, although his peripherals are better than his 5.59 ERA. The Curve's makeshift lineup produced a surprising 14 hits, as Miles Durham went 4-4 with a double and a triple. Ramon Cabrera was 2-5 with a double and his second HR, Jarek Cunningham 2-4 with two doubles, and Brock Holt 2-5 with one double.

-P- Bradenton split a doubleheader with Daytona. The Marauders lost game one, 3-2. Colton Cain started, fanned the first two batters he faced, and then gave up a single, threw a wild pitch, balked, and surrendered a HR. He then fanned a third hitter, but after getting two outs in the 2nd inning Cain was removed following a rain delay. Bradenton came back to tie the game, but eventually lost. The Marauders won game two, 4-3. Jameson Taillon went five, allowing the three runs on eight hits. He walked none and fanned six. Bradenton had only nine hits in the doubleheader. Mel Rojas, Jr., went 1-3 and Alex Dickerson 1-6.

-P- West Virginia lost to Asheville in 11 innings, 7-6. Zack Dodson had another weak start, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks in 4.1 IP. He fanned three. Ryan Hafner pitched in relief, as the Pirates seem to be trying various remedies to get some, or any, of their projectable high school pitching draftees to start pitching well, or even decently. Hafner went four and allowed only one run and one hit, but had problems throwing strikes as he walked seven. He fanned two. Robbie Kilcrease finally lost the game on an unearned run that scored after Alen Hanson's 23rd error prolonged the bottom of the 11th. Hanson, who went 0-5 with a walk, and Gregory Polanco, who went 0-6 with three Ks, were the only Power starters to go hitless. Kirk Singer was 3-6, Willy Garcia 3-5 with a double, Dan Gamache 2-5 with a triple, and Jose Osuna 2-5 with a double. Garcia somehow got thrown out at home trying to score from first on Gamache's triple.

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