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The Matt Morris Report: 7/10/14

Indianapolis, Bradenton and the GCL Pirates got strong starts, but Jamestown and Bristol continued their struggles.

-- Nick Kingham (pictured) returned to dominant form as Indianapolis took the first game of its doubleheader with Columbus, 1-0.  Kingham allowed just two hits over six innings, walking one, striking out four and throwing 51 of 86 pitches for strikes.  Andy Oliver got the save with a perfect seven, striking out two.  The Indians also had only two hits, but got the only run in the 6th inning on a bases loaded walk to Mel Rojas, who drew two in the game.  Jose Tabata was 1-3 with a double.

The Indians ran away with the second game, 14-2.  Chase d'Arnaud and Robert Andino -- whose current official photo can be seen here -- each went 3-4 with a walk.  Brent Morel, Chris McGuiness and Blake Davis all had two hits.  Tony Sanchez hit his sixth HR, a three-run shot, and Mel Rojas hit his second AAA HR.  Vin Mazzaro got the spot start and gave up two runs in four innings.  He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five.  John Holdzkom got the win with three scoreless innings of relief.  He gave up one hit and one walk, and fanned two.

-- Altoona fell behind 8-0 early and limped to a 12-6 loss to Erie.  Starter Joan Montero, and relievers Nate Baker and Emmanuel De Leon all struggled.  Utility man Andy Vasquez pitched the 9th.  Stetson Allie was 3-5 with a double, and Drew Maggi and Carlos Paulino each 2-4.  Gift Ngoepe hit his sixth HR.  Alen Hanson was 0-4 with a walk.

-- Bradenton beat St. Lucie, 4-1.  Jason Creasy threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and no walks, and striking out one.  The Marauders benefited from six errors and stole five bases.  Justin Maffei went 2-4.

-- West Virginia's game with Greensboro was suspended with two outs in the top of the 5th and the Power leading, 3-0.  Cody Dickson had gone four and two-thirds, allowing three hits and two walks, and striking out three.  Michael Fransoso had hit his first HR and JaCoby Jones was 2-2.

-- Jamestown lost its tenth straight, 4-3, to Tri-City.  Starter Frank Duncan allowed one run in five innings.  He gave up six hits, walked none and fanned four.  Like most of the teams in the system, though, the Jammers have had an awful bullpen, and it accounted for the other three runs allowed in this game.  Jamestown had only six hits.  Andrew Lambo was 1-2 with a walk.

-- Bristol, which is just all-around awful, lost its 15th out of 19, 4-0, to Bluefield.  The Pirates had six hits, two each by Eduardo Figueroa and Trae Arbet.  Austin Meadows was 0-4.

-- The GCL Pirates beat the Blue Jays, 6-1.  Starter Dario Agrazal allowed one run in five innings on three hits.  He walked none and struck out six.  Yoel Gonzalez and Julio De La Cruz each went 2-4, and Henrry Rosario 2-5.  Barrett Barnes hit his second rehab HR.  Carlos Munoz was 1-1 with a double and four walks.

-- The DSL Pirates lost to the Cubs, 4-3.  Edison Lantigua was 2-4 and Adrian Valerio 1-4 with a double and a walk.  Pirates' pitchers walked nine.