Liriano mediocre, Polanco and Bell go deep

Francisco Liriano threw strikes but still had a mediocre rehab start with Indianapolis. Meanwhile, Gregory Polanco fell a triple short of a cycle and Josh Bell homered.

Sunday's action:

-- Indianapolis lost in walkoff fashion for the second straight day, dropping a 5-4 decision to Lehigh Valley. Francisco Liriano made what may be his last rehab start, at least until the next one, and it was a good news, bad news affair. The good news was that Liriano walked just one, fanned six and threw 68 of 98 pitches for strikes. The bad news was that he allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, and threw 98 pitches. Duke Welker followed with two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk, and striking out two. Vic Black struck out the side in the 8th, then started the 9th, in a tie game, with a walk and a strikeout. After a wild pickoff throw that put the runner on 3rd, Black intentionally walked the bases loaded, but gave up a walkoff single. Tony Sanchez went 2-2 with a double and a walk, and Alex Presley 2-4 with a double and a walk. Jared Goedert hit his second HR. Jerry Sands went 0-3 and is now hitting 138/250/161 with no HRs.

-- Altoona's offensive offense continued in form as the Curve lost to Erie, 2-1. Altoona actually banged out the monumental (for them) total of nine hits, but the only run scored on Andrew Lambo's fifth HR. Lambo and Drew Maggi each went 2-4. Adalberto Santos, who was DHing, went 1-2, but was removed for a pinch hitter. He was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in his previous at-bat, so apparently he's hurt again. This seems to happen every time he's involved in a play on the bases. David Bromberg started and allowed two runs in five innings.

-- Bradenton blew a one-run lead in the 8th and lost to Dunedin, 6-5. Gregory Polanco (pictured) led the Marauders' offense, going 3-5 with a double and his third HR. Alen Hanson went 1-4 with a walk and Willy Garcia 2-4 with a walk and a double. Zack Dodson returned from his drug suspension and also made his high A debut. He allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out four. Zac Fuesser followed with two scoreless innings before walking the leadoff batter in the 8th. Zach Thornton came on and allowed that run to score, followed by one of his own. Elias Sports Bureau is still researching whether any team previously has used three pitchers named Zac/Zack/Zach in the same game, all with different spellings.

-- West Virginia beat Greenville, 6-3. John Kuchno allowed one run in six innings on four hits and a walk. He fanned just one. West Virginia led 6-1 in the 9th, but Ryan Hafner retired only two of the seven batters he faced, with two runs scoring. Kyle Haynes came on to get a bases-loaded strikeout to end the game. Josh Bell went 2-4 with his fourth HR, while Max Moroff hit a three-run bomb, his third. Stetson Allie went 1-3 with a double and a walk.

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