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The Matt Morris Report: 7/14/14

Altoona continued to hit HRs and blow leads, while Indianapolis and West Virginia were off.

-- Altoona's chronic inability to protect leads continued, as the Curve failed to hold a one-run, 9th-inning advantage and then lost in the 10th, 5-4, to Harrisburg.  Jeff Inman gave up a two-out RBI single in the 9th, then Jason Townsend gave up a walkoff single to former Pirate Quincy Latimore an inning later.  Starter Thomas Harlan gave up three runs, two earned, in five innings on five hits.  He walked one and struck out three.  Gift Ngoepe (pictured) was 2-5 with a triple and his seventh HR.  Andy Vasquez hit his seventh and Jarek Cunningham his sixth.  Stetson Allie went 1-3 with a walk.  Elias Diaz had a pinch-hit double and Alen Hanson a pinch-hit single, although Hanson then got caught stealing.

-- Bradenton beat Tampa, 6-2, in 12 innings.  Starter John Kuchno allowed two runs in eight innings.  He gave up four hits and a walk, and struck out one.  Josh Bell drove in the go-ahead run, followed by a bases-loaded triple by Jose Osuna.  Bell went 2-4 with a triple and a walk.  Max Moroff was 2-5 with a walk, and Osuna and Justin Maffei each 2-6.

-- Jamestown beat Vermont, 6-3.  Montana DuRapau allowed one run in four innings.  He gave up three hits and two walks, and fanned four.  Every Jammers starter had at least one hit except Andrew Lambo, who was 0-3 with a walk.  Elvis Escobar, newly demoted from West Virginia, was 2-4 with a double.  Kevin Krause was also 2-4.

-- Bristol's game with Kingsport was suspended with the score 7-7 in the top of the 7th.  Starter Billy Roth allowed one run in three innings.  He didn't allow any hits and struck out four, but he walked four.  Maximo Rivera was 3-3 and stole home.  Enyel Vallejo and Candon Myles each went 2-3.  The Pirates roughed up the recently traded Blake Taylor, scoring four times against him in two and a third innings.

-- The GCL Pirates got blanked by the Astros, 5-0.  Gerardo Navarro allowed one run in five innings.  He gave up four hits, walked one and fanned five.  The Pirates had only five hits.  Cole Tucker was 0-3 and is now mired in a 1-17 slump.  Michael De La Cruz was 0-1 with a walk, and was replaced after grounding out.

-- The DSL Pirates lost to the Blue Jays, 5-4.  Adrian Valerio went 3-5, Jeremias Portorreal 2-4 with a triple and a walk, and Raul Siri 2-5.