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The Matt Morris Report: Strong games from Sampson, Dickson

Adrian Sampson and Cody Dickson each had outstanding starts and JaCoby Jones had four hits.

-- Indianapolis got no-hit through six innings and lost to Rochester, 11-4.  Adam Wilk allowed six runs in five innings and Josh Wall another two in two-thirds of an inning.  Andy Oliver gave up three runs in one inning, on two hits and three walks.  Oliver threw only 21 of 44 pitches for strikes; there's a reason the Pirates have not called him up.  Andrew Lambo was 1-3 with a walk.

-- Sampson continued his strong run, giving up just one run on four hits in seven innings, but Altoona still lost, 3-2, in ten innings to Reading.  Sampson didn't walk a batter, struck out four, and threw 58 of 86 pitches for strikes.  He left with a 2-1 lead, but Kenn Kasparek, who'd been doing an outstanding job since becoming the Curve's closer, gave up a game-tying HR in the 9th.  Collin Balester then coughed up a walkoff HR to the first batter he faced in the 10th.  Andy Vasquez hit his 9th HR.  Alen Hanson and Josh Bell each went 2-5, and Hanson hit his 11th triple.

-- Bradenton lost to Jupiter, 5-3.  Jason Creasy continued to be extremely hittable, giving up four runs on eleven hits in six innings.  He walked none and struck out two.  Jin-De Jhang was 2-4 with a double, Walker Gourley 2-4 and Jose Osuna 2-3.

-- Dickson (pictured) threw six shutout innings as West Virginia beat Asheville, 2-1, in ten innings.  Dickson allowed five hits, walked one and fanned seven against an offense that's hitting .295 and averaging nearly six runs per game.  Jones scored both runs, going 4-5 with a double and a triple.  Austin Meadows was 1-5 with a double and Reese McGuire 1-4 with a walk.

-- Jamestown lost to Connecticut, 5-3.  Starter Montana DuRapau gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in four innings.  He fanned four.  Taylor Gushue went 3-5 with a double, Jordan Luplow 2-5 with two doubles and Elvis Escobar 2-4.  Escobar is now hitting .309.

-- Bristol lost a wild game to Kingsport, 16-10.  The Pirates had only seven hits, but benefited from nine walks and three errors.  Pablo Reyes went 2-3 with a walk and his second HR.  Jerrick Suiter went 2-5.  Jon Sandfort, who's having a disastrous season, and Jess Amedee, who's also struggled since being drafted in the 27th round, gave up six runs apiece in an inning and two-thirds of an inning, respectively.

-- The GCL Pirates won, 4-3, in the continuation of a suspended game with the Yankees1.  Jose Batista got the win with three scoreless innings in relief.  He gave up two hits, walked none and struck out two.  Henrry Rosario was 2-3 with a double, a walk and his second HR; Cole Tucker was 2-3 with a double and a walk; and Carlos Munoz was 2-4 with a double.

The Bucs also won the regularly scheduled game, 6-2.  Julio Vivas threw four scoreless innings in relief.  The only baserunner he allowed came on a hit batsman.  He fanned three.  Sam Kennelly and Luis Benitez were each 2-4.  That raised Kennelly's average to .300.  Bealyn Chourio was 2-3.  Tucker went 0-2 with a walk.

-- The DSL Pirates lost to the Rangers2, 7-4.  Victor Fernandez and Jhoan Herrera each went 2-4 with a double.