Morton and d'Arnaud rehab

Charlie Morton had a solid rehab start, Chase d'Arnaud started his rehab, Andy Oliver couldn't throw strikes and some Altoona backups had big days

Three games on Thursday, with West Virginia rained out.

-- Indianapolis dropped a 6-4 decision to Buffalo. Andy Oliver struggled with his control. He allowed only three hits and one earned run, along with two unearned, in five innings. He walked six, though, while fanning four and throwing only 50 of 97 pitches for strikes. He still left with a 4-3 lead, but Duke Welker gave up three runs in two innings, on three hits and two walks. He fanned three. Tim Alderson finished with two scoreless innings. Tony Sanchez went 2-3 with a walk and is now hitting -- get ready for this -- 307/413/523. Sanchez had some struggles defensively, as Buffalo apparently came prepared to run on him. He gave up three steals early, and had a passed ball and an error, but he threw out two runners later. Alex Presley went 2-5.

-- Charlie Morton made a rehab start as Altoona beat Trenton, 6-2. Morton allowed a pair of solo HRs, the only Trenton hits on the day, while walking and striking out one. Most importantly, his arm didn't fall off and he threw 40 of 61 pitches for strikes. David Bromberg threw five hitless innings, walking one and fanning six. Altoona went with their version of a Sunday lineup, which given their offensive struggles is really saying something, but they nevertheless put up six runs. Charlie Cutler (pictured) went 3-3 with three RBIs. Drew Maggi went 3-4 with a double.

-- Bradenton lost to Clearwater, 6-3. Robby Rowland allowed four runs on six hits in five innings. He walked none and fanned three. The Marauders had only five hits. Gregory Polanco went 1-4 with his fifth HR and Dan Gamache went 1-1 with three walks. Chase d'Arnaud started his rehab, playing short and going 0-3. Alen Hanson got the day off.

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