The Matt Morris Report:  7/4/14

Everybody was in action on the Fourth of July.

-- Indianapolis lost to Louisville, 7-6, in eleven innings.  Brandon Cumpton had a mediocre start, giving up four runs, three earned, in six innings.  He allowed eight hits, two of them HRs, and one walk, and struck out three.  Andy Oliver pitched two perfect innings in relief, striking out two.  Josh Kinney gave up two hits and two walks to allow the winning run to score in the 11th.  Michael Martinez was 2-5 with three RBIs, Mel Rojas and Chris McGuiness each 2-4, and Matt Hague 2-5 with a double.

-- Altoona topped Harrisburg, 4-2.  Pat Ludwig allowed one run in six innings on five hits and no walks.  He fanned six.  Kenn Kasparek got the save while facing six batters in the 9th without allowing any to put the ball in play:  he walked three and struck out three.  Elias Diaz, Keon Broxton and Kelson Brown were all 2-3 and Matt Curry 2-4.  Justin Howard provided the big blow with a two-run, pinch-hit HR, his third.  Alen Hanson was 0-5 and Stetson Allie 1-4.

-- Bradenton scored all its runs in the last two innings to come back from a four-run deficit and beat Palm Beach, 7-4.  Adam Frazier (pictured) drove in four of the runs and went 3-5 with a double.  He's now batting .349 since the beginning of June, following a rough May when he hit .189.  Ashley Ponce went 3-4, Raul Fortunato 2-3 and Jin-De Jhang 2-4.  Josh Bell was 1-5, causing his average to plummet to .331.  Jason Creasy threw seven innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on eight hits.  He walked none and fanned eight.  Creasy now has 42 strikeouts and two walks in his last 52 innings.  Josh Smith struck out four over two scoreless innings to get the win.

-- West Virginia lost to Greensboro, 5-2.  JaCoby Jones was 2-4 with his tenth HR and Danny Collins 3-4.  Reese McGuire was 1-4.  Harold Ramirez was out of the lineup for the third straight game.

-- Jamestown blew a four-run lead and lost to State College, 11-9.  Starter Frank Duncan allowed one run on four hits in five innings.  He walked and struck out none.  Nick Neumann and a rehabbing Nate Baker combined to give up nine runs while recording three outs.  Kevin Krause was 2-4 with a double and three RBIs.  Carl Anderson was 2-5 with a double, Kevin Ross 2-5, and Erik Forgione and Michael Fransoso each 2-4.

-- Bristol committed five errors, giving the Pirates a dozen over the last two games, leading to a 6-3 loss to Pulaski.  Austin Meadows continued his rehab, going 0-4.  Trae Arbet continued his climb from the depths at the plate, going 2-4 with a double.  He also had his second straight two-error game.

-- The GCL Pirates beat the Braves, 6-2, in a game stopped by rain in the 7th inning.  Yoel Gonzalez, a catcher with a suspect bat who was signed for his defensive skills, was 2-2 with a double and a walk.  Since an 0-14 start, he's gone 11-28.  Bealyn Chourio was 2-2 with two doubles and Michael De La Cruz 1-3 with a walk.  Cole Tucker was 0-1 with three walks.  Tito Polo! supposedly was 0-3, but I'm not buying it.  Remy De Aza gave up one run over five innings on eight hits.  He walked none and struck out two.

-- The DSL Pirates beat the Astros Orange, 13-7.  Edison Lantigua and Raul Siri were each 2-5 with a walk, and Siri had a double.  Remy Perez was 2-3 and Jeremias Portorreal hit his second HR.  Adrian Valerio went 0-4.

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