Pie slam, Bell HR key wins

Felix Pie helped Indianapolis' pitchers overcome serious wildness, while Josh Bell's heroics got West Virginia a split in their doubleheader

Lots of action on Saturday, following Friday's rainouts.

-- Indianapolis' pitchers walked a dozen batters, but the Indians still beat Toledo, 8-5. Andy Oliver allowed only one run over five innings despite walking six and throwing only 53 of 101 pitches for strikes. He gave up three hits and struck out six. Erik Cordier followed and walked three more in an inning and two-thirds. He gave up two hits and two runs, and fanned none. Mike Zagurski then had a meltdown, retiring only one of the six hitters he faced. Vic Black came on in the 8th with the bases loaded and no out, and got out of it with only one run allowed. He then retired the side in order in the 9th for his tenth save. Black walked one and fanned two. Felix Pie (pictured) led the offense, going 2-3 with a grand slam, a double and a walk. The HR was his third. Matt Hague went 3-4 and Jerry Sands 2-4.

-- Altoona split a doubleheader with Richmond. The Curve got blanked in game one, 5-0. Starter Casey Sadler went the full seven innings, but had a mediocre game. He gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits, including two longballs. He walked two and fanned four. Andrew Lambo went 2-3 with a double and Neil Walker went 1-3.

The Curve salvaged game two, 5-3. Andy Vasquez and, in a rare appearance, Kelson Brown each had two hits. Walker went 1-2. David Bromberg managed to allow only three runs in five innings despite giving up eight hits and four walks. Zach Thornton, just promoted from Bradenton, made his first appearance with Altoona and picked up a two-inning save. He allowed no hits and a walk, and fanned three.

-- Bradenton lost to Charlotte, 4-1. Zack Dodson pitched well, allowing two runs in six innings on six hits and a walk. He fanned two. Zac Fuesser threw two scoreless innings and Emmanuel de Leon allowed the other two runs in one inning of work. Alen Hanson went 2-4. Gregory Polanco was out of the lineup for the second straight day, so he appears to be hurt but is not on the DL.

-- West Virginia split their doubleheader to Lexington. The Power got shut out in game one, 2-0. Starter John Kuchno allowed the two runs in five and a third innings. He gave up six hits and two walks, and fanned five. Dilson Herrera went 2-3 with a double and Josh Bell went 0-2 with a walk. Stetson Allie struck out all three times up.

The Power took game two, 4-3, on a two-run HR by Bell, his sixth, in the top of the 7th. He was 2-3 with a walk on the game. Jason Creasy made his first start of the season, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks in three innings. He struck out six. Thomas Harlan followed with four scoreless innings to earn the win. He allowed just one hit and one walk, while striking out four. Eric Wood returned from a ten-day absence to go 0-2 with two walks. Allie didn't play.

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