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The Matt Morris Report: Glasnow, Buckner excel

Nick Buckner had a huge game and Tyler Glasnow had a typical one, while Altoona and Jamestown imitated the parent club and blew late leads. The two rookie level teams don't play on Sundays.

-- Indianapolis rallied for a run to tie its game in the 9th, but lost to Louisville in twelve innings, 5-4.  Casey Sadler got hit hard again, allowing ten hits and four runs in five and two-thirds.  He walked none and struck out three.  Ernesto Frieri made his first appearance since being outrighted, throwing a 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout.  Tony Sanchez was 2-4 with his tenth HR.  Andrew Lambo was 1-5.

-- Altoona blew its eleventy billionth (by unofficial estimate) late-inning lead, allowing three runs in the bottom of the 8th in a 4-3 loss to Erie.  Zack Dodson allowed one run in six and a third innings on seven hits and three walks.  He fanned nine.  Ryan Beckman and Nate Baker combined to allow the three 8th-inning runs, all of them unearned.  Jarek Cunningham hit his eighth HR, Alen Hanson went 1-3, and Josh Bell remained out of the lineup.

-- Glasnow went seven as Bradenton shut out St. Lucie, 3-0.  He allowed just two hits, walked one and fanned eight, and threw 55 of 82 pitches for strikes.  Josh Smith retired six straight to finish the shutout.  St. Lucie has the second best offense in the Florida State League.  Jose Osuna hit his ninth HR and Justin Howard his second.

-- West Virginia got hammered by Lexington, 8-1.  Felipe Gonzalez struck out six over four innings, but allowed two HRs and four runs.  Chris Diaz and Jeff Roy each had two hits.  JaCoby Jones was 1-4.  Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire didn't play.

-- Jamestown blew a 9th-inning lead, giving up two runs to lose to Batavia, 4-3.  Starter Austin Coley allowed one run on four hits in three and two-thirds innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Elvis Escobar went 2-5 with his first HR.  Chase Simpson was 2-3 and Erik Forgione 2-4.

-- Buckner drove in six runs and Bristol piled up 20 hits in a 14-6 hammering of Johnson City in the first game of a doubleheader.  For the game, Buckner went 5-5 with three doubles and a triple.  Eduardo Figueroa was 2-5 with two doubles, Jerrick Suiter 2-3 with a double and four runs scored, and Daniel Arribas 3-5 with two doubles.  Nathan Tomaszewski, Jose Salazar and Carlos Ozuna were all 2-4.  Starter Hector Garcia gave up five runs, four earned, in two and two-thirds innings.

The second game went the other way, with Bristol losing 8-2.  Marek Minarik gave up five runs in four innings and Billy Roth three runs in three innings.  Neither one struck out a batter.  Chris Harvey went 2-3 with his second HR.