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The Matt Morris Report: 7/23/14

Altoona and Bradenton broke out the longball and Jason Creasy got back on track. No information was available for the DSL Pirates.

-- Indianapolis lost to Charlotte, 8-4.  Starter Adam Wilk gave up four unearned runs on just one hit in the 1st inning, then four earned runs in the 3rd, although he still managed to last six innings.  Somebody named Andy Wilkins drove in seven runs with a pair of HRs.  Andrew Lambo was 3-5 with a double.  He's now hitting .370 on the year.  Unfortunately, with Starling Marte injured, the Pirates needed an outfielder so they had to call up third baseman Brent Morel and his .661 AAA OPS because . . . well, just because.

-- Altoona played longball to beat New Britain, 8-5.  Keon Broxton hit his tenth HR, Gift Ngoepe his eighth and Carlos Paulino his first.  Broxton and Ngoepe each went 3-5 and Paulino 2-4 with a double.  Drew Maggi was 3-5, Willy Garcia 2-4, Josh Bell 1-5 and Alen Hanson 1-4.  The Altoona offense has turned into exactly the all-or-nothing affair many of us expected; the Curve are second in the Eastern League in HRs, but first by a wide margin in whiffs.  In runs scored they're a little below average.  Adrian Sampson gave up two runs, both on solo HRs, in six innings.  He allowed only two other hits, walked one and struck out three.  Sampson only threw 74 pitches.  It's possible the Pirates are starting to watch his innings total.  He's now thrown 128 on the year after throwing 140 last year, and he probably has about half a dozen starts left.  Of course, it's also possible the team was being cautious after Sampson threw a nine-inning complete game his last time out.  In any event, Sampson is now 9-5, 2.60, with a 1.06 WHIP.

-- Creasy (pictured) bounced back from his worst start of the season to throw seven and two-thirds scoreless innings in Bradenton's 4-0 win over Dunedin.  (After seeing Tyler Glasnow last night, the Blue Jays must be eager to leave town.)  Creasy allowed seven hits, issued his first walk in six weeks, and fanned three.  The Marauders got all their runs on solo HRs.  Eric Wood hit his third, Walker Gourley hit his first, and Jose Osuna hit two, his fourth and fifth.  Jordan Steranka was 2-4.

-- West Virginia lost to Hickory, 3-2.  Luis Heredia was scheduled to start, but for unknown reasons the Power went with Felipe Gonzalez.  He gave up two runs in three innings.  Henry Hirsch pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit and one walk, and striking out four.  The Power had only four hits.  Austin Meadows was 1-4 with a double and Reese McGuire 1-3.  Erich Weiss hit his third HR and JaCoby Jones was 0-4.

-- Jamestown lost to Auburn, 6-2.  Michael Suchy was 3-4 with a triple and David Andriese 2-3 with a double.

-- Bristol lost to Pulaski, 3-2.  Starter Mervin Del Rosario gave up only one hit in five innings, but it was a HR following a walk.  Jon Sandfort followed, allowing an unearned run in four innings on four hits and a walk.  He fanned two.  Daniel Arribas hit his second HR.  Trae Arbet was 2-4 and Jerrick Suiter 2-3.

-- The GCL Pirates' game against the Yankees1 was suspended after four innings with the Pirates trailing 3-2.  Dario Agrazal allowed six hits and a walk, with three strikeouts.  Cole Tucker was 1-1 with a walk and Henrry Rosario hit his second HR.