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The Matt Morris Report: 7/7/14

Francisco Liriano had a strong rehab outing, a very young shortstop had four hits, and two projectable prep pitchers showed the flip side of Tyler Glasnow.

-- Liriano dominated Lehigh Valley, throwing six scoreless innings to lead Indianapolis to a 1-0 win.  He allowed three hits, walked none, fanned eight and threw 53 of 76 pitches for strikes.  Vin Mazzaro followed with two scoreless innings and Andy Oliver pitched the 9th for his ninth save.  Tony Sanchez was 2-2 with a double, although he eventually left the game for unknown reasons.  Chase d'Arnaud was 2-3 with a walk.  Dean Anna made his Pirates debut, playing second and going 0-3.

-- Altoona got a walkoff single by Drew Maggi in the bottom of the 10th to beat Erie, 4-3.  Maggi's hit scored Alen Hanson, who had led off the inning with a walk, stolen second and gone to third on a balk.  The Curve had tied the game in the 9th on a two-out single by Carlos Paulino.  Hanson finished 2-4 with a double.  Stetson Allie was 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.  Adrian Sampson struggled a little with his command, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks in seven innings.  He struck out four.  Jeff Inman got the win with a scoreless 10th.

-- Buddy Borden (pictured) threw five scoreless innings as West Virginia blanked Delmarva, 5-0.  Borden allowed two hits and a walk, and struck out four.  JaCoby Jones stayed hot, going 2-4.  Harold Ramirez, who has a 23-game hitting streak, went on the disabled list with shin splints.

-- Jamestown lost to Batavia, 9-2.  The game was close until Eric Dorsch gave up six in the 8th.  Starter Alex McRae allowed three runs in five innings on seven hits and two walks.  He struck out three.  The Jammers did little with a dozen hits.  Jordan Luplow, Kevin Krause and Kevin Ross all went 2-4.

-- Bristol got annihilated by Greeneville, 15-3.  Jon Sandfort, who does not seem to be realizing his projection, lasted just a third of an inning and got charged with six runs.  Austin Meadows was 1-2 with two walks and Jerrick Suiter 2-5.  Pablo Reyes hit his first HR.

-- The GCL Pirates lost to the Yankees1, 7-3.  Another projectable prep pitcher, Jake Burnette, made his first appearance of the season, but lasted only an inning and a third.  He allowed five runs, three earned.  The Pirates had just four hits, two of them HRs, with Barrett Barnes and Henrry Rosario each hitting his first.  Cole Tucker was 0-2 and Andrew Lambo 0-3 with a walk.  Nelson Jorge struck out all four times up.

-- The DSL Pirates got routed by the Yankees2, 13-5.  Adrian Valerio was 4-5 with a triple.  Mikell Granberry went 2-3 with a double and two walks.  The pitching left something to be desired.