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Minor League Roundup: Gerrit Cole Has His Best Pro Outing; Bradenton and West Virginia Break Out the Bats

Here's the action from Monday:

-P- Indianapolis almost got a taste of their own medicine a day after their combined no-hitter. Durham starter Matt Torra, a one-time Arizona prospect, held the Indians hitless until Jordy Mercer led off the 8th with an infield hit. Anderson Hernandez had a 9th inning single for the only other Indy hit as Durham won, 1-0. Starling Marte did draw a walk. Jeff Locke had his third straight strong start, going seven and allowing no runs, three hits and four walks, while striking out two. Dan Moskos allowed the game's only run in the 8th on a walk and a two-out double. Nick Evans left the game with a hand injury.

-P- Altoona lost to Erie, 10-5. The game was "concluded" after six innings, probably because of the long day yesterday, when Altoona played 20 innings. Nate Baker had his third straight poor outing, allowing eight runs, seven earned, in 4.1 IP. He gave up nine hits and four walks while fanning two, and has now walked more than he's struck out on the season. Adalberto Santos left the game after being thrown out at home. Matt Curry went 2-3 with a double, Tony Sanchez went 2-3, and Ramon Cabrera and Jeremy Farrell each had a triple. Sanchez had an error and a passed ball, but did snuff out the only base stealing attempt.

-P- Bradenton beat Jupiter, 8-0, behind six shutout innings by Gerrit Cole. He allowed just one single and one walk, while fanning six and getting seven of nine batted-ball outs on the ground. Drew Maggi went 3-3 with five runs scored and is now hitting .303. Alex Dickerson went 3-5 with a double and four RBIs. Mel Rojas, Jr., went 1-3 with three RBIs. Stefan Welch went 3-5 with a double.

-P- West Virginia beat Greensboro, 9-6. Alen Hanson went 3-5 with three runs and two steals, giving him ten on the year. He's now hitting .410, although he did add his tenth and eleventh errors. Gregory Polanco went 4-5, Carlos Mesa went 2-5 with his second HR, and Jose Osuna went 1-2 with three walks. Zac Fuesser struggled after pitching well in his previous two starts. He allowed six runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks in four innings. He fanned two. Orlando Castro followed with his second straight outstanding relief outing, throwing five scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and two walks, and fanned four.