Minor League Roundup: Good Games for Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon and Justin Wilson

Everybody was in action on Monday:

-P- Indianapolis outlasted Louisville, winning in fourteen innings, 6-4. Justin Wilson started and pitched six shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, and fanning four. He only threw 89 pitches before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Bryan Morris followed and allowed three runs on three hits, two of them HRs, in one inning. He fanned two. Evan Meek threw a scoreless inning and a third, and Duke Welker threw two scoreless innings. Starling Marte went 3-6 with a double, giving him eight straight multi-hit games. Matt Hague went 2-4 with four RBIs, including a two-run single to put Indianapolis ahead to stay. Chase d'Arnaud was 2-5 with two doubles and two walks. Tony Sanchez hit his first HR of the year at any level, his only hit in seven ABs. Jeff Larish went 0-7 with four whiffs and seven LOB, and is now hitting .194.

-P- Altoona stayed hot behind a good outing from Gerrit Cole, beating Binghamton, 6-2. Cole went five and two-thirds, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits and one walk. He fanned five and threw 63 of 87 pitches for strikes. Brock Holt went 2-5 with his 2nd HR and Matt Curry went 3-5. They're now hitting .326 and .308, respectively. Ramon Cabrera went 2-5 with a double and Stefan Welch 2-3 with a walk.

-P- Jameson Taillon also had a strong start as Bradenton beat Charlotte, 6-3. Taillon threw seven shutout innings, but gave up a hit and a walk to start the 8th. Quinton Miller relieved and allowed both runners to score, along with one of his own, to tie the game 3-3. Alex Dickerson got the three runs back with his 7th HR in the bottom half of the inning, leading to the win. Dickerson also had a sacrifice fly for four RBIs. Mel Rojas, Jr., went 2-3 with a walk. The hits were both triples, giving him ten on the year. In his seven innings Taillon allowed just three hits and two walks. He fanned two.

-P- West Virginia lost to Delmarva, 4-2. Robby Rowland started and pitched well through five innings, but got knocked out in the 6th. He went five and a third, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out four. Taylor Lewis, Willy Garcia and Chris Lashmet each had two hits for the Power.

-P- State College dropped a 5-3 game to Batavia as Clay Holmes struggled for the first time in three pro starts. He went 3.2 IP, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks, with three Ks. Dalton Friend had another interesting game in relief, allowing a run in two innings while fanning four. Friend has eight strikeouts in 4.2 IP, but his ERA is 15.43. The State College offense was limited to five singles, as the weak-hitting Spikes remain homerless after 15 games.

-P- The GCL Pirates got blown out by the Tigers, 10-1. Tyler Glasnow had a rough start, failing to retire a batter in the 2nd and allowing six runs, two earned, in one inning. He gave up only two hits, but walked four and threw three wild pitches. He was also hampered by defensive issues, as the Tigers stole five bases in five tries in his brief time in the game. With Wyatt Mathisen not catching yet, the team's main catcher has been Jin-De Jhang, who has a good bat but appears to have a long ways to go defensively. In eight games behind the plate he has six passed balls. He did go 2-4 with a double in this game, raising his average to .346. Martires Cadet pitched well in relief, allowing no hits or walks in three innings while fanning two.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 stomped the Yankees2, 15-6. Several players who are at least potential prospects had good games. Right fielder Adrian De Aza went 3-5, first baseman Daniel Arribas went 2-2 with two walks and four RBIs, and shortstop Carlos Ozuna went 2-5 with a double. Adrian Grullon started and lasted 4.1 IP, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks, and fanning four.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 also won big, 10-2 over the joint D'backs/Reds squad. Eighteen-year-old lefty Luis Rico started, but went only one inning, allowing the two runs. Luis Santos threw five shutout innings, allowing only two hits and no walks, and fanning five. Nineteen-year-old lefty Jesus Paredes fanned five over three hitless innings. Infielder Rodney Polonia, whose father Luis trained the Pirates' latest high-profile Dominican signee, Julio de la Cruz, went 2-4. Eighteen-year-old infielder Pablo Reyes also went 2-4 and is hitting .324. The opposing starter walked six and threw seven wild pitches in 3.2 IP.

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