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Minor League Roundup: Tim Alderson Starts, Indianapolis and West Virginia Get Blanked

Bradenton got rained out, so there were just three games on Tuesday.

-P- Jeff Locke had a good start, but Lehigh Valley shut out Indianapolis, 4-0. Locke gave up three runs, two earned, over seven innings. He allowed six hits and a walk, and fanned six, while throwing 63 of 91 pitches for strikes. The Indians managed only three hits and one walk. Starling Marte went 1-4 with a double, but got picked off second. Jake Fox's slump continued; he went 0-3 with two Ks and is now down to .274.

-P- Tim Alderson made his first start of the year as Altoona downed Bowie, 7-3. Alderson had just an OK game, going five innings and allowing three runs on six hits and a walk. He fanned three. Alderson's fastball sat at 90-91 in the first, fourth and fifth innings, and at 88-89 in the second and third. Mike Colla got bumped from the rotation but picked up the three-inning save without allowing a run. He gave up four hits and fanned five. Miles Durham, just moved down from Indianapolis to make way for Jeff Larish, went 2-4 with a double and Elevys Gonzalez 2-4 with a triple. Matt Curry added a two-run triple. Going to the game reminded me of how much less interesting the Altoona lineup is right now than I expected it to be this year. Brock Holt got a rest today, while Jarek Cunningham, Adalberto Santos and Andrew Lambo (OK, he's probably toast by now) are on the DL. As a result, the Curve were starting Durham, Kelson Brown, Anthony Norman and Jeremy Farrell.

-P- West Virginia had another game with little redeeming value, losing to Lexington, 3-0. Matt Benedict gave up all three runs in the first, then pitched scoreless ball for 4.2 IP afterwards. Rinku Singh went 2.1 IP, fanning four, allowing two hits and walking one. The Power had only five hits and piled up another dozen strikeouts. Alen Hanson whiffed all four times up, while Willy Garcia went 0-4 with three Ks.