Minor League Roundup: Big Days for Jeff Clement, Jeff Locke and Barrett Barnes

Here are the results from Independence Day:

-P- Indianapolis breezed to a 6-1 win over Louisville behind a stellar performance from Jeff Locke that should sharpen the debate over which starting pitcher is first in line for a callup. In seven innings, Locke allowed only one run on one hit and three walks. He fanned six. Bryan Morris and Evan Meek each threw a scoreless inning, with Morris striking out two. Jeff Clement led the offense, going 3-4 with a double and two HRs, his 11th and 12th. Tony Sanchez also homered, his second in two days after hitting none previously. Chase d'Arnaud added his 4th HR. Jose Tabata made his first appearance in AAA since being demoted, playing center and going 1-4 with a double. Starling Marte, playing right, went 1-4 with his 11th triple.

-P- Altoona dropped a 1-0 game to Reading. Phil Irwin allowed just the one run over seven innings, on seven hits and no walks. He fanned seven. The Curve had eight hits and five walks, but stranded a dozen runners. Oscar Tejeda went 2-4.

-P- Bradenton beat Palm Beach, 7-4. Casey Sadler, whose conversion to starter is going very well, threw seven shutout innings, allowing six hits and a walk, and fanning three. The Marauders led 7-0 going into the 9th, but Zach Foster allowed four runs, making the game look closer than it was. Carlos Paulino hit his 3rd HR, a three-run shot, and Justin Howard went 2-3 with a double.

-P- West Virginia won a blowout, 13-2, over Lakewood. The Power had 13 hits despite Alen Hanson going 0-5. The hitting star was backup catcher Francisco Diaz, who went 2-2 with a double, two walks and his 1st HR of the year. Eric Avila also homered, his 2nd. Taylor Lewis went 2-3 with a triple and two walks, and Gregory Polanco went 2-4 with a walk. Zack von Rosenberg had a good start, allowing the two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings, with four Ks. Clario Perez got the save by throwing three scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk, and fanning three.

-P- After waiting until yesterday to hit their first HR of the year, the Spikes unloaded three today in a 7-2 win over Tri-City. Barrett Barnes led a 15-hit attack by going 4-4, with his first pro HR and first pro double. He also walked once. D.J. Crumlich went 3-5 with his first pro HR, and Walker Gourley went 2-5 with his first HR of the year. Chris Diaz went 2-5 with a double and Ryan Hornback went 2-5. This year's fifth round draft pick, Adrian Sampson, made his first pro start and second appearance, going three innings and allowing one run on one hit (a solo HR) and two walks. He fanned three.

-P- The GCL Pirates rode a seven-run 6th inning to a 13-6 rout of the Braves. Dilson Herrera went 2-3 with a triple, two walks and four runs. Jin-De Jhang went 3-6 with a double, Jesus Vasquez went 2-4 with a walk, Luis Urena went 2-4 with triple, and Gavi Nivar went 2-5. Cuban signee Cesar Lopez started and allowed four runs over four innings.

-P- The box score for the DSL Pirates1 was unavailable as of 11pm.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 lost to the Phillies, 7-5. Maximo Rivera went 2-4 with a double and is now hitting .385.

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