Minor League Roundup: Good Days for Brandon Cumpton, Willy Garcia

The recap of Saturday's action:

-P- Indianapolis dropped a pitchers' duel to Rochester, 2-0. Daniel Cabrera gave up the two runs in 6.1 IP on five hits and two walks. He fanned two. Duke Welker walked three in an inning and two-thirds, but fanned three and allowed no hits or runs. Bryan Morris threw a 1-2-3 inning. The Indians managed just three singles, two by Starilng Marte, who was 2-4, and one by Jose Morales.

-P- Altoona lost a ten-inning pitchers' duel to Akron, 2-1. Brandon Cumpton allowed one run in 6.1 IP on two hits and four walks, with six Ks. Cumpton now has a 2.97 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He's not striking out many hitters, but his velocity has been better in shorter stints, so his stuff could improve out of the bullpen. Vic Black threw two shutout innings, allowing just one hit and fanning three. Jhonathan Ramos gave up a walkoff HR to the first batter he faced in the 10th. Brock Holt had two of the Curve's seven singles.

-P- NOTE: If you're overly sensitive and require only good news, read the alternate Bradenton account below. Bradenton got a mediocre start from Gerrit Cole, but still took a 5-3 as Cole left after five. The ceiling then caved in on Porfirio Lopez and Quinton Miller, as they got torched for an eight-run 6th. Two errors in the inning didn't help, as half the runs were unearned. Bradenton ultimately lost to Jupiter, 13-5. Cole went five, allowing three runs on six hits and no walks, with six Ks. Carlos Paulino went 3-4 with a double.

-P- One thing that shows that West Virginia has some hitters with potential is that they always seem to have one guy who's hot. Right now that's Willy Garcia, who went 3-5 with his 8th HR and four RBIs tonight. Garcia's 8-17 in his last four games and is up to 274/309/433 after struggling a lot off and on. Of course, he's still got serious strike zone issues. Garcia led the Power to a 9-5 win over Asheville. Alen Hanson went 2-4 with a double, Kirk Singer 2-5 and Junior Sosa 2-4. Robby Rowland didn't pitch as well as he has in most starts, but he went five, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks, with three Ks.

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