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Matt Morris Report: Good day for Edwin Espinal

-- Indianapolis came back from a two-run deficit in the top of the 9th, but still lost, 7-6, to Louisville in eleven innings.  Jaff Decker tied the game with a two-run single off Nate Adcock that left runners on first and third with nobody out, but the Indians couldn't get another run in.  Decker finished 2-5 and Jose Tabata 2-3 before departing in the 5th.  Deibinson Romero went 2-5 with a double and Elias Diaz 0-5.  Alen Hanson came in as a substitute, striking out and walking in two plate appearances.  Starter Wilfredo Boscan was hurt by his defense, as a two-out error by Romero in the 5th led to a grand slam.  Boscan allowed six runs total in six innings, two of them earned.

-- Altoona lost to Akron, 6-1, despite five scoreless innings by starter Chad Kuhl.  Curve starters have now allowed just two runs in 48 innings.  Kuhl managed to scatter six hits and three walks, while striking out four.  John Kuchno lost the game, allowing three runs, all unearned, in an inning and a third.  Altoona pitchers walked ten batters in all.  Max Moroff broke out of a slump, going 4-5.  Josh Bell was 2-4 and Stetson Allie 1-4 with a double.  Willy Garcia struck out in his only plate appearance.

-- Bradenton for a change didn't have to outslug the opposition, beating Jupiter, 4-1.  Edwin Espinal (pictured) was 3-3 with a double, his first HR and three RBIs.  Justin Maffei was 3-4 with a double.  Austin Meadows was 1-4, Reese McGuire 0-4 and JaCoby Jones 0-3.  Starter Matt Benedict threw five shutout innings.  Barrett Barnes has been reassigned to extended spring training, so he's probably hurt again.

-- West Virginia survived a four-run 9th inning to outlast Lexington, 8-6.  Tito Polo! was 3-5 with a double and Jerrick Suiter 3-5.  Chase Simpson was 2-5 and Cole Tucker 1-4.  Starter Austin Coley gave up one run in five innings on three hits.  He walked none and fanned three.