-- Indianapolis blew a four-run lead in the 8th and 9th, then lost to Syracuse in ten, 7-5. Kris Johnson gave up just one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings. He fanned five. Ryan Reid gave up three in the 8th, with Duke Welker having to get the third out on a strikeout. Erik Cordier then gave up the tying run in the 9th and the winning runs in the 10th. Jerry Sands and Russ Canzler each went 2-4, with Sands hitting his seventh HR.
-- Altoona pummeled New Hampshire, 9-2. Alex Dickerson went 4-4 and Jarek Cunningham (pictured) 4-5 with a double and four RBIs. Dickerson is now hitting 296/341/516 overall, and 413/441/696 with 24 RBIs in 23 July games. Gregory Polanco and Drew Maggi each went 2-5 with a double. Eliecer Navarro gave up two runs in five innings to get the win.
-- Bradenton edged Brevard County, 2-1. Zack Dodson went six and a third, allowing one run on three hits and one walk. He struck out one. Alen Hanson went 2-4 with a walk, and Benji Gonzalez 3-4. Stetson Allie went 1-4 with two strikeouts.
-- West Virginia split a doubleheader with Lexington. The Power dropped game one, 4-2. Starter Jason Creasy gave up four runs in six innings. Dilson Herrera went 2-3 and Max Moroff 1-3 with a double. Josh Bell went 0-2 with a walk. Bell appeared to be in position for a second half breakout, but instead has posted just a .641 OPS since the season reached the mid-point. He's been sitting out a lot of games, including the second half of doubleheaders like this one; I have to think the team is trying to protect his knee.
West Virginia won game two, 3-1, using three relievers to go seven innings. Kyle Haynes started and threw three and two-thirds shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks, and striking out five. Jhondaniel Medina struck out the side in the seventh for the save. Luis Urena went 2-3 and was involved in all three runs. He hit a two-run HR, his first in full-season ball, and scored the third run. Jordan Steranka also went 2-3. Herrera went 1-3 with a double.
-- Jamestown threw a three-hit shutout at Williamsport, winning 3-0. Cody Dickson went five hitless innings, walking one and striking out five. Henry Hirsch also fanned five, in three shutout innings. Adam Frazier went 3-4 with a double, and Erich Weiss also went 3-4 to raise his average to .404. Jin-De Jhang went 2-4 with two doubles.
-- The GCL Pirates lost to the Blue Jays, 5-3. Enyel Vallejo went 3-5 and Daniel Arribas 2-4. Austin Meadows was 1-2 with three walks and Reese McGuire 1-5. Billy Roth made his first pro start, going two shutout innings. He allowed no hits, walked two and struck out none. For the second day in a row, a former infield prospect pitched an inning. Yesterday it was Kirk Singer, today Yhonathan Barrios. Jonathan Sandfort finished the game with two hitless innings, walking one and fanning two.
-- The DSL Pirates1 lost to the Phillies, 2-1. Dennis Hurtarte went 2-3.
-- The DSL Pirates2 beat the Braves, 4-3, in eleven innings. Edgar Figueroa and Fredis Padilla each had two hits. Michael De La Cruz went 1-5.