The rookie level teams were all off.
-- Indianapolis took a 2-1 lead against Charlotte into the 9th, but Erik Cordier and Atahualpa Severino combined to allow five runs and the Indians lost, 6-2. Wandy Rodriguez made his first rehab start, struggling a little with his command but allowing only one run in four innings. He gave up four hits and a walk, and fanned five, throwing 43 of 73 pitches for strikes. Brooks Brown followed with three scoreless innings, striking out four. Alex Presley had two hits. Chase d'Arnaud had a rough day, going 0-5 with three strikeouts and committing two errors, one in the disastrous 9th.
-- Altoona got no-hit for eight and a third innings, and dropped a 1-0 game to Bowie. Eddie Gamboa, a long-time AA pitcher who's resorted recently to throwing a knuckleball about 60% of the time, completely baffled Altoona's hitters. The only hard-hit ball came on the last pitch Gamboa threw, which Justin Howard lined off his hip for a single, the Curve's only hit. The Curve didn't help themselves by getting two runners picked off and one thrown out stealing. David Bromberg muddled through five and two-thirds innings, walking six and throwing 115 pitches, but working out of trouble repeatedly, helped by seven strikeouts. He got charged with the only run when Kenn Kasparek gave up an RBI hit after Bromberg left. Gregory Polanco was a late scratch, but looked fine. He was shaken up after making a diving catch yesterday, so he may be having some after-effects.
-- Adrian Sampson had his best start of the season as Bradenton beat St. Lucie, 4-2. Sampson lasted seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits and no walks. He fanned four. Alen Hanson hit his fifth HR and Carlos Mesa his sixth. Willy Garcia had a single and a double.
-- Luis Heredia (pictured) threw five shutout innings in his season, and full-season, debut as West Virginia coasted to an 8-0 win over Lakewood. Heredia struggled with his control, walking four, but he gave up only one hit and fanned five. Patthatt recapped his outing here. Walker Gourley and Max Moroff each went 3-4 with two doubles, and Gourley scored four times. D.J. Crumlich and Jordan Steranka each had two hits. Barrett Barnes had a double in five trips, but fanned three times. Josh Bell was back out of the lineup, so his knee may still be bothering him a little.
-- Jamestown outlasted State College, 6-5. Harold Ramirez went 2-4 with a double, Jimmy Rider 2-3 with a double, and Jeff Roy 2-4. Jin-De Jhang and Danny Collins each had a single in five trips. Colten Brewer struggled a little, giving up four runs, three earned, in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.