All four affiliates rode big innings to wins on Friday.
-- Indianapolis broke a 2-2 tie with a four-run 6th and hung on to beat Buffalo, 6-5. Matt Hague and Alex Presley led the offense. Hague went 2-4 with a double and his third HR, and drove in three. Presley went 2-4 with two doubles. Starter Kris Johnson struck out seven over five innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and five walks. Tim Alderson struck out another three in two scoreless innings. Erik Cordier struggled to throw strikes, as usual, walking three and hitting Andy LaRoche in two-thirds of an inning. He was charged with three runs, two scoring after Jared Hughes entered. Hughes got the last four outs for his second save. He gave up one hit and fanned one.
-- Altoona broke its game with Richmond open with a six-run 6th and went on to a 14-4 win. One of the minors' most anemic offenses broke out with 18 hits and nine walks. Jarek Cunningham (pictured) went 4-6, Charlie Cutler 3-4, and Mel Rojas, Jr., 1-3 with three walks and four runs. Andrew Lambo and Carlos Paulino each went 2-5 with a triple, Lambo driving in three runs and Paulino four. Jameson Taillon had a somewhat inefficient start, taking 98 pitches to get through five innings. He allowed one run on a solo HR, and gave up five hits and three walks overall. Taillon fanned six and started the go-ahead rally with a single.
-- Bradenton got six 1st-inning runs on two hits when the St. Lucie starter couldn't find the plate, then coasted to an 8-6 win. Dan Grovatt went 2-3 with his second HR. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco each went 1-4 with a walk. Nick Kingham allowed one run on five hits over six innings. The odd part: he walked four and struck out three. Zac Fuesser allowed a run in the 9th but got his first save.
-- West Virginia scored five in the 3rd and went on to beat Lakewood, 11-2. The Power had 12 hits and benefited from seven errors. Stetson Allie went 4-4 with a double, a walk and four RBIs. That gives him 45 RBIs in 46 games, easily leading the South Atlantic League. Max Moroff went 2-4 with a walk and Dilson Herrera 2-4 with a double. Josh Bell went 1-4 with a walk. Jake Burnette made his third start of the season and recovered reasonably well from getting knocked out in the 1st in his last one. He wore out in the 5th, but managed to go four and a third, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. He fanned three. John Kuchno, who's been removed from the rotation, threw four and two-thirds scoreless innings to pick up the win.