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Matt Morris Report: Morton has mostly good rehab start

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-- Charlie Morton went six and a third innings in a rehab start in Indianapolis' 3-1 loss to Pawtucket.  He largely breezed through the first four innings, then ran into control problems starting in the 5th.  He finished with two runs allowed on just two hits and four walks, while fanning nine.  He threw 64 of 104 pitches for strikes.  Morton left with a runner on first who later scored.  The Indians' outhit their opponents, 10-4, but left nine on base.  Alen Hanson was 2-5 with a triple and Gustavo Nunez 3-4.

-- Altoona lost a 14-10 slugfest to Portland.  Angel Sanchez and two relievers all got pummeled.  Gift Ngoepe was 2-3 with a triple, his second HR and two walks.  Keon Broxton was 3-6 with two triples, Max Moroff 2-4 with a walk, and Dan Gamache and Adam Frazier each 2-4 with a double.  Josh Bell went 1-5 with a double and struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.

-- Bradenton beat Fort Myers, 6-1.  Steven Brault seems to be recovering from a rough start to the season.  He allowed one run in six innings on five hits and two walks.  He struck out six and now has a 2.36 ERA in his last five starts.  Austin Meadows and JaCoby Jones each went 3-5.  Jones had a double and Meadows his second HR.  Jose Osuna went 2-4 with his fourth HR, Jin-De Jhang 2-4 and Reese McGuire 1-3.

-- West Virginia lost to Hickory, 3-1.  Starter Yeudy Garcia gave up two runs, both unearned, in four and a third innings.  He allowed three hits and two walks, and struck out four.  Cole Tucker was 0-3 and Chase Simpson 3-3.  The college hitters taken early in last year's draft by the Pirates continued to struggle, as Jordan Luplow, Taylor Gushue and Michael Suchy combined to go 0-10.