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The Matt Morris Report: What if Lambo went deep and nobody heard?

Indianapolis continued to prepare Michael Martinez for his critical return to Pittsburgh, while the lower level teams got some good pitching. The GCL Pirates were off and the DSL season is over.

-- Indianapolis lost to Columbus, 4-3.  Nick Kingham gave up three runs in five innings on six hits and two walks.  He fanned six.  Chris McGuiness was 2-4 with a triple, Jaff Decker was 2-3, and Brent Morel was 2-4.  Andrew Lambo hit his ninth HR, but he made three outs so he can't help the Pirates.  Clint Barmes again played the whole game at short, going 0-4.  Martinez played center and went 0-3.  I bring this up because Mel Rojas has started only seven of Indianapolis' last 13 games, including just one of the last four.  Martinez (who, I will repeat, ranks dead last in MLB in OPS among hitters with 300+ plate appearances since 2001) has started all four since he was sent down, the last three in center.  I guess that's because the Pirates are short on center fielders.

-- Altoona got vaporized by New Britain, 12-0.  Nothing good happened.

-- Bradenton made a valiant bid to salvage its fading playoff hopes, but lost to Palm Beach, 12-11, in ten innings.  The Marauders scored five times in the top of the 9th, the last four on a two-out grand slam by Jacob Stallings (pictured), to take an 11-10 lead.  Josh Smith gave up the tying run in the bottom half, then lost the game in the 10th.  Stallings went 3-5 and drove in five runs.  The blast was his third HR.  Jose Osuna was 4-5 with a triple and three RBIs and Walker Gourley 3-5 with a double.  Max Moroff was 2-4.  Starter Shane Carle gave up two runs in four innings.  Tyler Sample allowed five runs while recording only one out.

-- West Virginia lost to Kannapolis, 7-1.  Buddy Borden allowed two runs, one earned, in five and a third innings.  He gave up eight hits, walked none and fanned nine.  Jake Burnette, in his first game after being promoted from Bristol, gave up five runs, four earned, in just an inning and a third.  Austin Meadows was 1-3 with a double.

-- Jamestown beat State College, 5-2.   Tyler Eppler allowed one run over six innings.  He gave up just three hits and a walk, and struck out four.  Jordan Luplow was 2-3 with a double, Chase Simpson 2-4 with a double, Carl Anderson 2-4 and Tyler Filliben 2-2.

-- Bristol gave up seven runs in the last two innings to drop the first game of its doubleheader with Elizabethton, 10-4.  Jerrick Suiter was 3-4 with a double, Nick Buckner 2-4 with a double and Carlos Ozuna 2-2 with a double.

Bristol also lost the second game, 1-0.  John Sever allowed one run on just two hits and two walks in five innings.  He struck out six.  Unfortunately, Bristol's hitters fanned a dozen times in seven innings.  Enyel Vallejo and Chris Harvey each went 2-3.

QUICK NOTE:  There's a good chance I won't be able to post the report tomorrow, so the next one may be Tuesday night.