Cole goes seven, Pimentel has first bad start

Gerrit Cole allowed just one run over seven innings. Altoona can has offense, enough even to offset a poor start by Stolmy Pimentel. Orlando Castro pitched well again but got no help.

A full slate on Thursday:

-- Indianapolis won in 11 innings, 2-1, over Scranton/Whattaburger. The New and Efficient Gerrit Cole (pictured) allowed one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out five and threw 97 pitches, 68 for strikes. Mike Zagurski followed with two perfect innings, striking out five. He's now fanned 27 in 15.2 IP, but it bears remembering that he's fared very poorly in significant major league opportunities. Erik Cordier had an adventurous 10th inning, walking the bases loaded with one out, but escaping. Vic Black retired the side in order in the bottom of the 11th, with one strikeout, to pick up his ninth save. Brett Carroll went 2-4 and provided the only run in regulation with his fourth HR. The winning run scored in the top of the 11th on back-to-back doubles by Jerry Sands and Tony Sanchez.

-- Altoona got some unaccustomed offense and won a seesaw game from Richmond, 9-8. Stolmy Pimentel had his first bad start of the season, allowing six runs in four and a third innings on six hits and five walks. He fanned three and threw 100 pitches. Quinton Miller made his AA debut with two and two-thirds scoreless innings. Jason Townsend, just returned from injury, allowed two runs to give Richmond the lead, but got the win when the Curve came back with two of their own. Andrew Lambo, Adalberto Santos and Mel Rojas, Jr., each had three hits and Gift Ngoepe two, as the Curve totaled 15. Neil Walker had a double in four ABs in his first rehab game.

-- Bradenton took a 3-0 lead in the 1st, then had to score a run in the bottom of the 8th to pull out a 4-3 win over Charlotte. Matt Benedict managed to allow only two runs over six innings depite giving up ten hits. Emmanuel de Leon, recently activated from injury, pitched a scoreless 9th for his second save. Alen Hanson went 2-5 and Jose Osuna 2-4. After committing a dozen errors in his first dozen games, Hanson now has a 14-game errorless streak. Gregory Polanco went 0-3 with a hit batsman.

-- West Virginia got another good start from Orlando Castro, but lost to Lexington, 2-1. Castro went seven, allowing the two runs on five hits and one walk. He struck out six. Ryan Hafner followed with a 1-2-3 8th, with one strikeout. Dilson Herrera provided the only run with his second HR. Josh Bell went 1-4 and Stetson Allie 2-3 with a walk.

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