Good outings for Creasy, Sandfort

Saturday's action:

-- Indianapolis beat Louisville, 5-3. The Indians made the most of five hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Chase d'Arnaud went 2-3 with his fourth HR and Tony Sanchez went 1-3 with a double. Somebody finally stopped Andrew Lambo, as he went 0-3. Andrew Oliver once again struggled to find the strike zone. He walked six in six innings, throwing only 60 of 105 pitches for strikes. He gave up three runs on five hits, and fanned three. Jose Contreras threw two scoreless innings and got the win. Vic Black had a 1-2-3 9th and got the save.

-- Altoona split a doubleheader with Akron. The Curve dropped game one, 7-6. Eliecer Navarro allowed six runs, five earned, in five innings. Jarek Cunningham went 2-3 with a double and Gregory Polanco went 2-4.

-- The Curve took game two, 7-0. Ethan Hollingsworth lasted five and a third, giving up three hits and a walk, and striking out three. Drew Maggi and Alex Dickerson each went 2-4, with Maggi's hits both being doubles and Dickerson connecting for his seventh HR. Justin Howard went 2-2, while Polanco went 1-3 with a walk.

-- Bradenton fell victim to a two-hit shutout, losing to Palm Beach, 5-0. Adrian Sampson struggled, allowing ten hits and all five runs in 5.2 IP. The Palm Beach starter, Kurt Heyer, came in with an ERA well over 5.00, but shut the Marauders down. Stetson Allie went 0-3 with two strikeouts. Alen Hanson didn't play after injuring his leg yesterday.

-- West Virginia also got shut out by a pitcher who hadn't been pitching very well in a 3-0 loss to Lakewood. The Power at least managed eight hits, but stranded ten. Barrett Barnes went 2-5, Dilson Herrera 1-4 with a double, and Josh Bell 1-4. The shutout wasted a strong start by Jason Creasy, who allowed no runs on one hit and one walk over five innings, while fanning six.

-- Jamestown lost to Auburn, 8-5. Dovydas Neverauskas allowed four runs on six hits over four innings. Michael Fransoso went 2-5.

-- The GCL Pirates beat the Astros, 6-2. Adrian Grullon started and went three and a third, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks. He struck out two. Jon Sandfort (pictured) got the win in his season debut. He threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and no walks, with three strikeouts. Chris Diaz went 2-4 with a triple and three RBIs. (The Bucs started three college players, which has been pretty typical so far. Hopefully the frequency of overage players in the lineup -- by weighted average age the GCL Pirates have the second oldest hitters in the league -- will decline once Reese McGuire, Austin Meadows and Nick Buckner start playing.) Luis Urena went 2-4.

-- The DSL Pirates1 beat the Yankees2, 4-2. Starter Ramon Rodriguez allowed one run on three hits and no walks over five innings, while fanning three. Julio De La Cruz went 2-5 with a double and Ramses Pena went 2-4.

-- The DSL Pirates2 lost to the Cubs, 8-7. Steven De La Mota went 3-3 with two walks, and Carlos Munoz went 2-4 to raise his average to .403. Yoel Gonzalez and Jesus Ronco each went 2-5. Starter Omar Basulto allowed two runs, one earned, in five innings on three hits and a walk. He fanned five.

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