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The Matt Morris Report: 7/12/14

Lots of action and lots of debuts marked Saturday's slate.

-- Indianapolis lost game one of its doubleheader with Columbus, 4-3.  Newly acquired Rafael Perez started and went six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks.  He struck out two.  Perez departed with a 3-2 lead, but Andy Oliver gave up two runs in the top of the 7th to suffer his first blown save.  Chase d'Arnaud was 2-4 with a double.

The Indians also dropped game two, 2-1.  Jhonathan Ramos pitched well in his first AAA start, allowing two runs on solo HRs, but just two other hits and no walks in five innings.  He struck out four.

-- Altoona routed Harrisburg, 9-1, in the first game of a doubleheader.  Alen Hanson (pictured) was 2-4 with his tenth HR.  Keon Broxton went 2-2 with a double and four RBIs, Andy Vasquez 3-4 and Drew Maggi 2-3.  Stetson Allie was 1-3 with a walk.  Adrian Sampson threw a seven-inning complete game, giving up the one run on four hits and three walks.  He struck out six.

The Curve lost the second game, 3-2.  Joely Rodriguez also threw a complete game, this one of the six-inning variety.  He allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk.  He fanned six.  Dan Gamache was 2-3 with a double.  Hanson and Allie each went 0-3.

-- Bradenton edged Tampa, 4-3.  Shane Carle got the win in his high A debut, allowing two runs in six innings.  Carle gave up four hits and two walks, and struck out two.  Jhondaniel Medina struck out four in two scoreless innings.  Yhonathan Barrios made his high A debut, allowing a run in the 9th but picking up the save.  Barrett Barnes made still another high A debut, going 1-2 with a double and two walks.  Eric Wood was 2-4 with a double.  Josh Bell evidently was off to the Futures Game.

-- West Virginia blanked Greensboro, 6-0.  Buddy Borden gave up just one hit in six and two-thirds innings.  He walked two and struck out four.  Felipe Gonzalez threw the last two and a third innings.  Erich Weiss was 3-3 with his second HR and three RBIs.  Austin Meadows went 1-4 in his long-awaited full season debut.  JaCoby Jones was 1-3 and Reese McGuire 1-4.

-- Jamestown rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 9th on an RBI double by Tyler Filliben and a walkoff wild pitch, giving the Jammers a 3-2 win over Vermont.  Starter Tyler Eppler threw five shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks.  He struck out none.   Kevin Ross was 2-4 with a double.

-- Bristol got five runs in the first, but barely escaped with a 9-8 win over Kingsport.  Adrian Grullon made only his third start, all of them limited to two innings.  Grullon allowed one run.  Jon Sandfort followed and continued to struggle.  He gave up three runs on five hits in one inning.  The Pirates had 13 hits, all singles.  Jerrick Suiter and Nick Buckner each had three hits, Trae Arbet and Carlos Ozuna each two.

-- The GCL Pirates got destroyed by the Phillies, 11-2.  Jake Burnette, making his second rehab outing, gave up two runs in two innings.  Neil Kozikowski, who's having a very disappointing season after pitching well last year, gave up seven runs, five earned, in two and a third innings.  The Bucs had only three hits, including Carlos Munoz' first HR.  Cole Tucker was 0-3.

-- The DSL Pirates beat the Blue Jays, 8-5.  The Pirates had only five hits, three of them by Raul Siri, including a triple and a double.