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Matt Morris Report: Curve rotation continues wizardry

-- Indianapolis had a pretty miserable game, totaling twice as many errors (4) as hits (2), striking out eleven times and getting blanked by Toledo, 6-0.  Adrian Sampson struggled a little, giving up four runs, three earned, over six innings.  He allowed six hits, walked two and fanned seven, and took 100 pitches to get through the 6th.  John Holdzkom struggled again, allowing two runs on a walk, a hit and a hit batsman in one inning.  He threw only eight of 18 pitches for strikes.  Steve Lombardozzi and Elias Diaz had the only hits.

-- Altoona's amazing run of starting pitching continued in an 8-2 drubbing of Erie.  Angel Sanchez threw six and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk, and striking out four.  The scorching-hot Max Moroff (pictured) was 2-3 with a double and two walks, raising his batting line to 320/424/500 after a slow start.  Josh Bell was 2-5 with a double and Keon Broxton 2-4 with a triple.  Every Curve player had at least one hit.

-- Bradenton rallied for five runs in the 7th and 8th innings to beat Charlotte, 5-4.  All the runs came off former Pirate prospect Buddy Borden, whom the Pirates sent to Tampa Bay for Sean Rodriguez.  Jose Osuna was 3-4 with his first HR and three RBIs.  Justin Maffei was 2-4 and JaCoby Jones 2-3 with a triple and a walk.  Reese McGuire went 1-5 and Austin Meadows got the day off.  Starter Frank Duncan allowed four runs in six innings on seven hits and a walk.  He struck out three.

-- West Virginia lost the first game of a doubleheader to Lexington, 4-3, as a two-run rally in the 7th fell short.  Tito Polo! struck out with runners on second and third to end it.  Cole Tucker and Michael Suchy each went 2-4.  John Sever started and allowed one run over four innings.  He gave up three hits and a walk, and fanned six.

The Power rallied for four in the bottom of the 6th to take the second game, 5-4.  Tito Polo! and Chase Simpson were each 2-3.  Simpson hit his third HR and Tito Polo! had a double.  Jordan Luplow was 1-3 and Kawika Emsley-Pai got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run.  Tucker didn't play.  Starter Jose Regalado gave up four runs, three earned, in five innings.