A busy Saturday:
-- Indianapolis split two games with Columbus. The Indians won the continuation of a suspended game, 9-6, after blowing two leads. Resuming play with the score 4-4 in the 14th, Indy scored single runs in the 14th and 15th only to blow the leads. Felix Pie tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the 14th, but Vic Black couldn't hold the lead after the first hitter he faced struck out on a wild pitch. Indy took the lead again in the 15th on a two-out RBI single by Jared Goedert, who had previously tied the game with a 9th inning HR. Brooks Brown gave that back when he allowed a two-out HR in the bottom half. Indy finally put the game away with three in the 16th, the first on a single by Jerry Sands and the other two on Brian Bocock's second HR of the game and season. Sands finished the game 4-7, and Pie, who also had a HR, and Goedert each went 3-8. Tony Sanchez went 2-4 with a double and two walks. Andy Oliver couldn't throw strikes again, walking five in three innings. Atahualpa Severino threw five scoreless innings in relief.
In the regularly scheduled game, Indianapolis blew another lead as Ryan Reid gave up a run in the 9th. This time the Indians lost, 5-2, as Duke Welker allowed three runs in the 11th. Brandon Cumpton started and allowed just one run in six innings. He gave up five hits and two walks, and fanned four. Jose Contreras threw two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out five. Bocock and Ivan De Jesus, Jr., each went 2-4 with a double.
-- Jameson Taillon got battered for thirteen hits and ten runs, all earned, in three and a third innings as Altoona lost to Akron, 10-3. Taillon gave up hits to the first six hitters he faced, leading to five 1st inning runs. He then allowed five more in the 4th, recording only one out before leaving. Alex Dickerson went 2-4. Gregory Polanco didn't play.
-- Bradenton lost twice to Tampa. The Marauders got annihilated in game one, 10-0. Robby Rowland and Emmanuel De Leon each gave up five earned runs. Stetson Allie went 2-3 with a double and Alen Hanson went 0-4 with two strikeouts.
Bradenton failed to hold an early two-run lead and lost game two, 3-2, in eight innings. The Marauders had only three hits. Allie went 0-3 and Hanson 0-4 with three strikeouts. Bradenton committed five errors and the tying and winning runs were both unearned. Former Pirate prospect Diego Moreno threw a scoreless inning for Tampa.
-- West Virginia beat Asheville, 5-1, behind seven shutout innings by John Kuchno (pictured). Kuchno allowed four hits and a walk, and fanned four. Josh Bell went 2-3 with two doubles and a walk, and Eric Wood also had two hits. Barrett Barnes went 1-5 and Max Moroff 1-4.
-- Jamestown, despite 13 hits, lost to Lowell, 5-4. Harold Ramirez went 2-4 with a walk to raise his average to .337. Adam Frazier and JaCoby Jones each went 2-5. Erich Weiss went 2-4 with a double. Starter Isaac Sanchez fanned five in four innings, but allowed three runs.
-- The GCL Pirates lost to the Phillies, 5-1. Second-round draft pick Blake Taylor made his debut, retiring all six batters he faced, with two strikeouts. Adrian Grullon followed and only recorded one out, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks. Ulises Montilla went 2-3 with a double and a walk, and Adam Landecker went 2-4 with a double. Austin Meadows went 1-4 and Nick Buckner 0-3 with a walk. Reese McGuire didn't play.
-- The DSL Pirates1 beat the Angels, 2-1. Julio De La Cruz provided both runs with his second HR. Christian Henriquez threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and no walks, and fanning four.
-- The DSL Pirates2 beat the Tigers, 6-2. Michael De La Cruz went 3-5 with two doubles. One of the team's two biggest off-season international signings (with Julio De La Cruz), Michael is now hitting 346/500/433, with 33 walks and 19 strikeouts. Henrry Rosario went 2-4 with a triple and his first HR. Starter Omar Basulto threw five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks, and striking out five.