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Minor League Roundup: Good Starts for Colton Cain and Joely Rodriguez

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Somehow the minors seem less important these days . . .

-P- Indianapolis lost to Louisville, 7-4, ending the Indians' winning streak at eight. Daniel Cabrera allowed four runs in 5.1 IP. Duke Welker faced four batters and gave up three hits. Tony Sanchez homered for the third straight game. He went 2-3 with a walk. Jose Tabata went 2-5 and Starling Marte 1-4 with a walk.

-P- Altoona beat Reading, 3-2. Tim Alderson allowed no runs in 5.2 IP, but he did give up four hits and four walks. He fanned six. He left with a two-run lead, but Hunter Strickland gave up two in the 8th. Jarek Cunningham, who was 2-4 in the game, singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 8th, driving in Oscar Tejeda, who had doubled. Robbie Grossman went 0-3 but drew two walks. Vic Black pitched a scoreless 9th for the save.

-P- Bradenton got seven shutout innings from Colton Cain and dropped Palm Beach, 6-0. Cain allowed five hits and three walks, and fanned two. In his last four starts his ERA is 1.50. Alex Dickerson went 2-3 with a double and three RBIs, Elevys Gonzalez went 2-4 with a triple, and Justin Howard went 2-4.

-P- West Virginia got stomped by Lakewood, 11-4. After a good stretch in May, Nick Kingham is back to getting hammered. He allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings, while fanning five. In his last seven games, Kingham's ERA is 6.95. Zac Fuesser allowed another two runs in three innings. Alen Hanson went 4-5 with his 15th HR and his 31st and 32nd errors. Chris Lasmet and Elias Diaz also homered, #2 in both cases.

-P- State College held off Tri-City, 2-1, as Joely Rodriguez threw five shutout innings. He allowed just one hit and walked none, while fanning one. Barrett Barnes went 2-4 with a double and Samuel Gonzalez went 1-3 with a walk. Catcher Ryan Hornback threw out both of the runners who tried to steal on him, as the Spikes are proving a tough team to steal on. Hornback has thrown out four of ten and Jacob Stallings six of 14.

-P- The GCL Pirates scored three in the 9th to drop the Braves, 5-3. Axel Diaz started and went four innings without allowing a run. He gave up one hit and three walks, and fanned two. Edwin Espinal drove in the final two runs with his first pro HR. Wyatt Mathisen went 1-3 with a double. Mathisen caught again and threw out two of four base stealers.

-P- As usual, the box score for the DSL Pirates1 is not yet available.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 lost to the Cubs2, 11-8. Maximo Rivera went 3-5 to up his average to .396. Yomifer Polanco, a 19-year-old outfielder, went 2-4 with a double.