Liriano struggles, Bradenton walks off again

Francisco Liriano and Clay Holmes both had trouble throwing strikes, while Jose Osuna hit a walkoff single for Bradenton

Saturday's action:

-- Indianapolis got blanked by Louisville, 3-0. The Indians had only five hits. Jordy Mercer went 2-4, raising his average to .305, not that it seems to matter. Brandon Cumpton started and allowed the three runs in six innings on five hits and a walk. He fanned eight.

-- Altoona split a doubleheader with Harrisburg. The Curve lost game one, 4-1. Francisco Liriano made his second rehab start and ran into control problems. He lasted just two and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits, three walks and four runs. He fanned four and threw 38 of 67 pitches for strikes. Jose Contreras also made his second rehab appearance, throwing a 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout. Altoona hitters managed just two hits and fanned 13 times in the seven-inning game. Matt Curry and Andrew Lambo had the two hits, both 1st inning doubles.

The Curve took game two, 9-7 in eleven innings after blowing an early five-run lead. Altoona hitters struck out another 14 times, but Matt Curry and Andrew Lambo each drove in three runs, and Charlie Cutler hit a game-winning, two-run double in the 11th. Curry went 2-5 with his second HR, Lambo 3-5 with a double, and Andy Vasquez 3-6. Starter Tyler Waldron lasted only three innings, allowing three runs, and David Bromberg allowed four in one inning of work to leave the game tied. Tim Alderson followed Bromberg with three perfect innings, fanning six. Luis Sanz and Jeff Inman each threw two scoreless innings.

-- Bradenton took its second straight walkoff win, beating Palm Beach, 4-3. The Marauders trailed, 3-0, going into the 8th, but tied the game. Jose Osuna then ended it with a bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the 9th. Gregory Polanco went 1-1 with two walks, Alen Hanson went 0-2 with three walks, and Chris Lashmet went 3-4 with a double. Eliecer Navarro started and allowed one run in six innings. Quinton Miller fanned four over two scoreless innings to pick up the win.

-- West Virginia got destroyed by Hagerstown for the second day in a row, 14-4. Starter Clay Holmes struggled with his control, walking five in four innings. He gave up three hits and three runs, and fanned one. Three relievers allowed another 11 runs. Stetson Allie went 2-4 with a double and Walker Gourley went 2-3 with a triple.

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