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Minor League Roundup: Gerrit Cole Dominates, Altoona Stages 9th Inning Rally

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Everybody was in action on Thursday:

-P- Indianapolis scored five in the 4th and hung on for a 5-3 win over Charlotte. Jeff Locke started and pitched well through five innings, but appears to have run out of gas in the 6th. He went five and two-thirds, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks, with four Ks. Bryan Morris threw three scoreless innings for the save, allowing two hits and a walk, and fanning three. Duke Welker continued to struggle with his control, walking the only two batters he faced. After walking only seven in 23.1 IP at Altoona, he's walked eight in 8.1 IP for Indy. At least he's fanned ten. The Indians had only six hits, including a three-run double by Chase d'Arnaud. Indy hitters fanned 14 times in the game.

-P- Altoona scored six runs in the bottom of the 9th to pull out a 7-6 win over Trenton. Trailing 6-1 with one out and nobody on, the Curve made it 6-5 with a single, three walks, a wild pitch and an error. Elevys Gonzalez, representing the tying run, then managed to get himself picked off first. But Robbie Grossman doubled, Brock Holt walked, and Jarek Cunningham hit a walk-off, two-run double. Grossman finished 3-5. Nate Baker started for Altoona and struggled again, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits and four walks over 4.2 IP. He fanned five and gave up two HRs. Jeff Inman pitched a 1-2-3 9th to collect the win.

-P- Gerrit Cole threw five shutout innings in Bradenton's 6-0 win over Fort Myers. Cole allowed three hits and two walks while fanning seven. Dan McCutchen followed with a two-inning rehab stint, allowing a hit and fanning one. Alex Dickerson went 2-4 with a double and Justin Howard 2-5 with a triple.

-P- West Virginia lost to Hagerstown, 8-6. Robby Rowland started and went four, allowing five runs, only two of them earned, on seven hits and two walks, with three Ks. Alen Hanson had two errors, raising his total to 27. The Power had only four hits, but three left the park. Hanson and Gregory Polanco each hit HR #10. Taylor Lewis, seeing his first action of the year, hit his first professional HR. The fourth hit was a double by Willy Garcia.