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The Matt Morris Report: 7/28/14

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Gerrit Cole made a rehab start and Tony Sanchez, Stetson Allie and Tito Polo provided the offense in wins. Jamestown was rained out.

-- Cole threw five scoreless innings to help Indianapolis stop its losing streak at seven with a 5-0 win over Rochester.  He gave up five hits and three walks, and fanned seven.  Cole threw 50 of 81 pitches for strikes.  Andy Oliver struck out four over the last inning and two-thirds, although he also allowed a hit and two walks.  Sanchez drove in four of the runs with a double and his eighth HR, along with a walk, in three ABs.  Robert Andino and Jose Tabata each went 2-4.  Andrew Lambo was 0-3 with a walk.

-- Altoona edged Erie, 4-3.  Allie hit a two-run HR, his 15th, in the 1st and drove in the go-ahead run in the 7th with a single.  Josh Bell was 1-3 with a walk.  Alen Hanson was 0-3, but scored the winning run after getting hit by a pitch and stealing second.  Adrian Sampson scuffled, but still went six innings.  He allowed seven hits in the first two, but somehow only gave up two runs.  He later gave up a solo HR.  Sampson allowed nine hits in total, walked none and fanned four.  After blowing numerous late leads, Altoona seems to have found a solution in Kenn Kasparek, who retired the side in order in the 9th for his ninth save.

-- Bradenton got blanked by Daytona, 7-0.  Jason Creasy lasted only two innings, allowing six runs, four of them unearned, on seven hits and a walk.  He struck out none.  The Marauders had just three hits.

-- West Virginia lost to Rome, 5-1.  Starter Felipe Gonzalez threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits and no walks, and striking out two.  Zack von Rosenberg followed and gave up five runs in two innings.  The Power had just three hits.  Austin Meadows was 0-2 with two walks, Reese McGuire 1-4 and JaCoby Jones 0-4.

-- Bristol's latest losing streak reached five with an 8-1 loss to Princeton.  The Pirates had ten hits, but struck out 11 times and left ten on base.  Jose Salazar, Chris Harvey and Carlos Ozuna all went 2-4.

-- The GCL Pirates beat the Phillies, 7-2.  Tito Polo! (pictured) went 2-4 with a triple, his second HR and five RBIs.  Yoel Gonzalez was 2-4 with two doubles, and Luis Benitez and Hayden Hurst also each went 2-4.  Hurst is 6-13 since being converted from the mound.  Michael De La Cruz was 1-3 with a walk and Cole Tucker was 1-3.  Nick Hutchings allowed a run in five innings on five hits.  He walked none and struck out one.

-- The DSL Pirates beat the Yankees2, 4-2.  Edison Lantigua was 3-3 with a triple and Victor Fernandez 2-4.  Pirates' pitchers allowed only three hits.