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The Matt Morris Report: 7/26/14

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Altoona ran up the score and West Virginia staged a big comeback, but Indianapolis couldn't get on the board and Bristol's season-long struggles at the plate continued.

-- Indianapolis dropped a 1-0 game to Rochester.  Rafael Perez threw eight shutout innings, allowing three hits, walking three and striking out four.  Josh Wall couldn't throw strikes and lost the game in the bottom of the 9th.  Jose Tabata was 2-4 and Andrew Lambo 1-4.  The loss was the Indians' sixth straight.

-- Altoona pounded out 21 hits and walloped Bowie, 11-0.  Every Altoona starter had two hits except Gift Ngoepe.  Willy Garcia was 3-5 with two doubles, Alen Hanson 3-6 with a double, Stetson Allie 3-4 with two walks, and Elias Diaz 3-5 with a double and three RBIs.  Garcia briefly got his average above .270, which makes the 112:14 K:BB ratio a shame.  Josh Bell returned to the lineup after being removed yesterday and went 2-6 with a double, his first extra base hit since his promotion.  Zack Dodson had his best start in a long time, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing three hits while walking none.  He fanned four.  Joely Rodriguez pitched one innings, allowing two hits.

-- Bradenton beat Lakeland, 5-1.  John Kuchno allowed one run over seven innings on six hits.  He walked none and struck out one.  Yhonathan Barrios pitched the last two innings.  Eric Wood and the recently demoted Justin Howard each went 2-4 with a double.  Justin Maffei was 2-3.

-- West Virginia came back from a five-run deficit to beat Rome, 9-8.  The Power racked up 15 hits and five walks.  Francisco Diaz was 3-4 with a double, Michael Fransoso 3-5, Maximo Rivera 2-6 with three RBIs, and JaCoby Jones 2-4 with two doubles.  Erich Weiss, who also went 2-4, scored the winning run in the 8th via a walk, steal, throwing error and wild pitch.  After a string of four good starts, Cody Dickson had his second straight bad one.  He allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits in four innings.  Dickson walked five and fanned one.  Brett McKinney threw two scoreless innings to get the save.  Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire got the day off.

-- Kevin Krause hit a walkoff HR with two out in the bottom of the 10th to lift Jamestown to a 4-2 win over Batavia.  The HR was Krause's seventh; he finished 2-4 with a walk.  Starter Frank Duncan gave up one run on just two hits and a walk in six innings.  He struck out six.  Elvis Escobar and Taylor Gushue also went 2-4 with a walk.  Gushue's hits were both doubles.

-- Bristol lost the first game of its doubleheader with Greeneville, 2-1.  Hector Garcia gave up two runs on four hits and no walks in five innings.  He struck out five.  The Pirates had only three hits.  Nick Buckner was 1-1 with two walks.

Bristol also lost game two, 4-0.  The Pirates had only one hit and fanned ten times in seven innings.  Cesilio Pimentel threw four scoreless and hitless innings in relief.

-- The GCL Pirates lost to the Blue Jays, 9-8.  Carlos Munoz (pictured) was 3-4 with a double, his third HR and five RBIs.  Cole Tucker went 2-3 with two doubles and two walks and Tito Polo! 2-4.  Hayden Hurst, newly converted to hitting, went 3-5.  Henrry Rosario hit his second HR.  Trey Supak allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in two innings.  He fanned two.

-- The DSL Pirates lost to the Blue Jays, 3-0, in ten innings.  Starter Richard Mitchell threw five shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks, and striking out two.  Felix Vinicio went 2-4.