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The Matt Morris Report: 7/17/14

A new era started in Altoona, a hitting streak at West Virginia stopped, a pitcher moved to a new role, and the GCL Pirates had a forgettable day.

Charlie will have a report on the Indianapolis game.

-- Altoona's bullpen blew another one in an 8-6 loss to Bowie.  This time the culprit was Joely Rodriguez, who's been shifted to relief.  Rodriguez blew a two-run lead in the 8th, then combined with Emmanuel De Leon to give up three more in the top of the 9th.  The Curve could answer with only one.  Rodriguez gave up four runs on six hits in three and two-thirds innings.  Starter Orlando Castro, making his second AA start after getting bombed in his first, recovered from a two-run 1st to go five.  He allowed three runs total on six hits and two walks.  He fanned four.  Josh Bell was 0-2 with two walks in his AA debut.  Alen Hanson was 3-5, and Willy Garcia and Keon Broxton each 2-4.  Broxton hit his eighth HR.  Stetson Allie was 1-3.

-- Bradenton won the first game of its doubleheader with Clearwater, 7-2.  Tyler Glasnow gave up two unearned runs and three groundball singles in five and two-thirds innings against Clearwater's anemic lineup.  (The Threshers are now 27-67 and batting below .230.)  He walked one and fanned four.  Yhonathan Barrios allowed no runs or hits in the last inning and a third to get the save.  He walked one and fanned two.  The Marauders had only five hits and all but one of their runs were unearned.  Barrett Barnes was 0-3.

-- In game two, Jason Creasy had his worst outing of the season, allowing seven runs on nine hits in four innings in a 7-4 loss.  Creasy walked none -- he hasn't walked a batter since June 11 -- and fanned three.  Justin Maffei went 2-4 with a triple and Raul Fortunato hit his fourth HR.

-- West Virginia lost to Hagerstown, 3-2.  Luis Heredia allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in six innings.  He didn't strike out anybody.  Danny Collins was 3-3 with a double, Reese McGuire 2-4 and Austin Meadows 1-4.  JaCoby Jones was 0-5 with three strikeouts, ending his hitting streak at 17.  The Suns scored their winning run on a walkoff error by Jones in the 9th.

-- Jamestown overcame an early 5-0 deficit to win its sixth straight, beating Brooklyn, 8-6, in ten innings.  Starter Marek Minarik gave up five runs in an inning and two-thirds, but the bullpen allowed only one more.  Miguel Rosario got the win with three scoreless innings.  He gave up one hit, walked none and fanned four.  Kevin Ross (pictured) was 4-5 with two doubles.  Ross is now hitting .341, but his OBP is only .337 thanks to zero walks in 86 plate appearances.  Carl Anderson was 3-4 and also had two doubles, and Kevin Krause hit his sixth HR.  Elvis Escobar had a tough day, going 0-6 with five strikeouts.

-- Bristol beat Danville, 3-2.  Starter Omar Basulto threw four and a third shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks, and fanning two.  Luis Paula followed with two and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing three hits, walking none and striking out four.  The Pirates almost blew a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 9th when John Sever walked the first three batters he faced, then after two strikeouts Trae Arbet committed a two-run error.  Jess Amedee came on to get a lineout to end the game.  Eduardo Figueroa was 2-5 with a double and Nick Buckner 2-4 with a double.

-- The GCL Pirates lost the first game of their doubleheader with the Yankees2, 6-2.  Starter Jake Burnette did much better than his first two rehab outings, going three scoreless innings and allowing just a hit and a walk.  He fanned three.  Neil Kozikowski gave up all six runs while recording only two outs.  The Pirates had only three hits.  Cole Tucker was 0-4 and Julio De La Cruz 1-3 with a double.

The GCL Bucs finished a rough day by losing game two, 7-0.  They again had only three hits, with Alexis Bastardo going 2-2 with a double.  Starter Dario Agrazal gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in five innings.  He struck out five.

-- The DSL Pirates shut out the Rangers2, 7-0.  Luis Escobar threw five innings, giving up four hits and two walks, and fanning four.  Edison Lantigua was 2-4 with a triple and a walk, Jhoan Herrera 2-4 with two doubles and a walk, and Eliezer Ramirez 2-3.  Adrian Valerio was 1-5.