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Minor League Roundup: Gerrit Cole Strong in AA Debut; Wyatt Mathisen Makes an Out

Everybody still in action except West Virginia . . .

-P- Indianapolis thumped Gwinnett, 10-2. Starter Daniel Cabrera allowed one run in 5.2 IP. Chris Leroux struggled again, giving up three hits in two-thirds of an inning and needing to be bailed out by Jose Diaz. Dan McCutchen and Duke Welker each threw a scoreless inning. Jose Morales led the offense, going 4-5 with a double and three RBIs. Yamaico Navarro broke out of a minor slump by going 2-5 with a double and a triple. Anderson Hernandez went 3-6 and Gorkys Hernandez went 1-3 with two walks.

-P- Gerrit Cole allowed two runs in five innings in his much-awaited Altoona debut as the suddenly hard-hitting Curve hammered New Britain, 9-4. Cole allowed five hits, fanned six and didn't walk a batter, while throwing 52 of 74 pitches for strikes. Altoona obviously is making adjustments to its rotation, as Nate Baker and Tim Alderson followed Cole. Baker, who's been struggling as a starter, allowed no runners over two innings and fanned four. Alderson, who's been pitching reasonably well as a starter, allowed four hits and two runs in one inning. Vic Black threw a scoreless inning, walking one and fanning two. Black now has 40 Ks in 30 innings. The Curve got three-run HRs from Quincy Latimore, his 7th, and Robbie Grossman, his 5th. Grossman went 1-3 with a walk. Jarek Cunningham went 2-3 with a double and a walk, and Matt Curry came off the DL to go 1-2 with a double and a walk.

-P- Bradenton took a 1-1 tie with St. Lucie into the 9th, but recent acquisition Doug Salinas got lit up for five runs and the Marauders lost, 6-2. Casey Sadler, apparently taking Cole's place in the rotation, made his fourth career start and threw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while fanning six. Justin Howard went 2-4.

-P- State College was on the short end of a 13-1 Williamsport rout. Starter Jake Burnette pitched decently, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk in three innings. He fanned two. This year's 12th round draft pick, Dalton Friend, followed and failed to retire any of the six hitters he faced. He was charged with six runs, three of which scored after Justin Ennis entered the game. Three more of this year's draftees also debuted, pitching an inning each. Pat Ludwig and Josh Smith allowed no runs in their innings, but Lance Breedlove gave up three. The Spikes had only one hit, a triple by Raul Fortunato, who came in on a sac fly by Barrett Barnes. After the game, Jason Dambach called Kyle Stark and threatened to say "Ni" to him unless the Pirates send Andrew McCutchen to State College for the rest of the season. "He won't know the difference," said Dambach.

-P- The GCL Bucs got the bats back out and walloped the Tigers, 11-4. Wyatt Mathisen went 3-4 with a walk and is now 7-10 with two walks in his pro career. Dilson Herrera went 2-4 with a triple, his 2nd HR and a walk. Jesus Vasquez hit his first HR, a grand slam. Right fielder Gavi Nivar went 2-4 with two doubles and threw two runners out. Edwin Espinal, who's supposed to be a pretty good prospect, fanned five times and has now fanned in all six of his ABs. Lithuanian Dovydas Neverauskas started and walked five in three innings, but managed to give up only two runs. He allowed two hits and fanned two. Belarus native Alex Lukashevich threw a scoreless inning in his pro debut, marking what has to be the first time two Russian speakers have pitched for one team in the same US pro game.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 got only two hits, but still beat the Yankees2, 2-0. Adrian Grullon, a RHP who reportedly throws hard and who got a six-figure bonus, managed to allow no runs despite giving up seven hits in 4.2 IP. He walked one and fanned three. Omar Basulto, a lefty recently signed out of Mexico, allowed no hits and just one walk over 4.1 IP, while fanning four.

-P- The Pirates2 dropped the Cubs2, 3-1. Starter Luis Santos gave up just an unearned run and two hits over five innings. He fanned three. Shortstop Jordan Galvez, who hit over .300 the past two years in the Venezuelan Summer League, went 2-4 with a double and a triple. Pablo Reyes, another infielder who's only 18, went 2-2 with a walk. Maximo Rivera, who's struggled for two years after signing for a decent bonus, hit his 2nd HR.