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The Matt Morris Report: Bradenton clinches playoff spot

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Altoona belts four HRs, West Virginia and Jamestown get rained out.

-- Indianapolis beat Louisville, 5-3.  A.J. Morris allowed three runs in five and two-thirds innings, and also homered.  John Holdzkom got a two-inning save, walking two and striking out two.  Chase d'Arnaud went 2-4 with his second HR, and Robert Andino hit his seventh HR.  Chris McGuiness was 2-3 with a double.  Gregory Polanco was 0-5.

-- Altoona's season-long 9th-inning woes continued as Collin Balester gave up three run-scoring singles with two out in the bottom of the 9th to leave the Curve with an 8-7 loss to Bowie.  Starter Tom Harlan gave up five runs in five and a third innings.  The Curve offense was powered by four longballs.  Stetson Allie (pictured) hit his 21st, Dan Gamache his sixth, Keon Broxton his 15th and Ralph Henriquez his second.  Allie went 2-3 with two walks and Broxton 2-4.

-- Bradenton clinched a playoff spot by beating Charlotte in the first game of a doubleheader, 3-2.  Chad Kuhl gave up two runs in five and a third innings.  He allowed three hits and two walks, and struck out three.  Jordan Steranka was 2-3 with a double.

The Marauders also took game two, 4-1.  Bradenton used six pitchers in the seven-inning game.  Jose Osuna was 2-2, and Steranka and Justin Maffei were each 2-3.