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The Matt Morris Report: Phew! Cole start goes well

It's late in the minor league season and blowouts are becoming common. Indianapolis and Altoona were on the right end of ones and Jamestown on the wrong end. The rookie level teams were off and Bristol was rained out.

-- Gerrit Cole threw six innings as Indianapolis pummeled Rochester, 10-0.  Cole gave up one hit, walked none and struck out three.  He threw 49 of 73 pitches for strikes.  Tony Sanchez (pictured) and Mel Rojas had big games.  Sanchez got on base five times, going 3-3 with two walks.  Rojas went 3-4 with a double, a triple and a walk.  Andrew Lambo was 2-5 with a double.  Chase d'Arnaud was 2-5 and Blake Davis 2-4.  Seven of the runs came off former Pirate Kris Johnson.

-- Altoona blasted Reading, 13-2.  Willy Garcia was 3-5 with his 17th HR, four RBIs and no strikeouts.  Gift Ngoepe hit his ninth HR and drove in three.  Drew Maggi was 3-5, Keon Broxton 2-4 and Stetson Allie 1-4.  Alen Hanson and Josh Bell missed out on the fun, getting the day off.  Thomas Harlan gave up two runs in five and a third innings.

-- Bradenton beat St. Lucie, 2-1.  Chad Kuhl gave up one run on three hits over six innings.  He walked one and struck out two.  The Marauders had only six hits.

-- West Virginia lost to Asheville, 5-3.  Dovydas Neverauskas gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and four walks in four innings.  He struck out four.  Austin Meadows went 3-4 with two doubles.  It took him a little time to turn on the power, but he's now hitting 351/390/489.  JaCoby Jones was 0-4.  Reese McGuire didn't play.

-- Jamestown lost to Aberdeen, 10-4, as starter Alex McRae got lit up for eight runs in three and a third innings.  Carl Anderson, Michael Suchy and Erik Forgione all went 2-4.