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Minor League Roundup: Losses for Everybody, but Chris Leroux Gets Back on the Horse

The recap from Wednesday night:

-P- Indianapolis blew a 3-0 first inning lead in a 6-5 loss to Pawtucket. Chase d'Arnaud led off the game with his first HR of the year and Jeff Clement added a two-run double to put the Indians up early. Rick VandenHurk wasn't as successful as in his last start, though, as he allowed five runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks in five innings. He fanned three. Bryan Morris took an undeserved loss as he allowed just two hits and no walks while fanning six in three innings. In the 8th, though, a d'Arnaud error put Laaaaarrrrrssss on first to lead off the inning and a Jose Morales wild throw sent him to third. From there he scored the eventual winning run. Gorkys Hernandez went 2-3 with two doubles and two walks. Clement finished 2-4. D'Arnaud made four outs after the HR and left six runners on base. I blame Neal Huntington for the loss for not trading for Laaaaaarrrrssss.

-P- Remember the part about Tim Alderson becoming a starting pitching prospect again? Not so fast. Except for his second start, in which he threw seven shutout innings, he hasn't really pitched all that well. Tonight he got lit up in a 7-2 loss to Reading, allowing two runs in each of the first three innings, seven overall (five earned) in five innings. He gave up ten hits, two of them HRs, walked none and fanned three. Vic Black pitched one scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk and fanning one. Brock Holt and Ramon Cabrera, now getting regular catching duty, each went 2-4 and Alderson, a good hitting pitcher (he has three career HRs in 33 ABs), had a double.

-P- Bradenton got shut out by Daytona, 4-0, but more importantly, Chris Leroux had a solid first rehab outing. He went three innings and allowed two hits, a walk, and one run, while fanning two. He had five GB and no FB outs. The Marauders managed only three hits, two of them by Drew Maggi.

-P- West Virginia completed the system's day of futility by dropping a 4-2 decision to Delmarva. Nick Kingham sailed through three strong innings, but gave up two solo HRs in the 4th. He exited with one on and one out in the 5th. I'm not sure why, as he'd allowed only four hits and a walk at that point, so it'd be surprising if his pitch count was all that high. He fanned five. Alen Hanson ended a three-game slump by going 2-5. Junior Sosa went 2-4 with a double and Gregory Polanco 1-3 with a walk and a double. Polanco is now hitting .313 with an OPS of .870.