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The Matt Morris Report: Garcia, Allie go deep, Cole goes seven

Gerrit Cole made possibly his last rehab start, several other starters pitched well, and Indianapolis and West Virginia won big.

-- Indianapolis shut out Louisville, 9-0.  The Indians pounded out 18 hits, including seven doubles and a triple.  Cole went seven innings, allowing five hits and a walk, and striking out three, which will no doubt freak out many fans.  He threw 59 of 92 pitches for strikes.  He also had a double in four at-bats.  Chris McGuiness was 4-5 with two doubles and Tony Sanchez 3-5 with one double.  Chase d'Arnaud, Jose Tabata, Brent Morel and Tommy Field all went 2-5.  Andrew Lambo was 1-5 with a double.

-- Altoona blew yet another 9th inning lead and lost, 3-2, in ten innings to Erie.  The bullpen failure wasted seven shutout innings from Thomas Harlan.  He gave up just two hits and a walk, and struck out three.  Willy Garcia was 3-3 with a walk and his 18th HR.  Stetson hit his 17th HR.  Keon Broxton was 2-4 and Alen Hanson 0-4 with a walk.  Ramon Cabrera was 1-5 with a double in his second Pirates debut.  Josh Bell was out of the lineup again.

-- Bradenton lost to St. Lucie, 10-7.  Starter Chad Kuhl gave up four runs, three earned, in six innings.  Ryan Hafner gave up another four in two innings of relief.  Adam Frazier was 2-3 with two walks.  Jordan Steranka, Justin Howard and Raul Fortunato also had two hits apiece.  Jose Osuna hit a grand slam, his eighth HR.

-- West Virginia pounded Lexington, 9-2.  Dovydas Neverauskas (pictured) had one of his best starts of the season, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings.  He struck out eight.  Reese McGuire was 3-5 with a triple.  Michael Fransoso and Jeff Roy were each 2-4, with Fransoso adding his sixth HR.  Adam Landecker was 2-5 with two doubles, Edwin Espinal 2-5 with one double, and Wyatt Mathisen 2-5.  JaCoby Jones was 1-5 with three strikeouts and Austin Meadows 0-3 with two walks.

-- Jamestown shut out Batavia, 6-0.  Tyler Eppler allowed three hits and no walks over six innings.  He fanned five.  Chase Simpson was 2-4 with a double, his fifth HR and three RBIs.  Michael Suchy was 2-3 with a triple and Elvis Escobar 3-4.

-- Bristol lost to Kingsport, 11-9.  After dominating in relief (1.01 WHIP, 14.9 K/9), 20th-round draft pick John Sever made his first start, allowing one run in four innings.  He gave up two hits, walked three and fanned six.  (Keep in mind here that Sever came from a four-year college and is pitching a level below the NYPL, where college draftees usually start out.)  Unfortunately, Palmer Betts followed by allowing six runs in one inning.  Bristol pitchers walked 11 in all.  Jose Salazar and Tomas Morales each went 2-4.  Daniel Arribas and Carlos Ozuna went 2-5, and Ozuna hit his second HR.

-- The GCL Pirates beat the Astros, 3-2.  Gerardo Navarro threw five shutout innings, allowing one hit and no walks, and striking out two.  Henrry Rosario and Julio De La Cruz were each 2-4.

-- The DSL Pirates beat the Astros Orange, 13-4.  Adrian Valerio went 3-5 with a double.  Luis Perez was 1-3 with three walks and Raul Siri 1-2 with two walks.  Starter Francis Rodriguez gave up one run in five innings on three hits.  He walked none and struck out three.