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Matt Morris Report: Altoona plays 18 innings

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-- Indianapolis moved to 16 games over .500 by beating Gwinnett, 4-2.  Chris Volstad (pictured) had his second straight strong start, allowing one run on six hits and a walk in seven innings.  He struck out four.  Brent Morel was 3-4 with two doubles and Jaff Decker 2-3 with one double.  Alen Hanson was 1-4.  John Bowker returned to the Pirates' organization with an 0-4 showing.

-- Altoona blew a three-run 9th inning lead when John Kuchno allowed a three-run HR.  That tied the Curve's game with Reading at 7-7.  After that, there was no more scoring until the 18th inning, when third baseman Edward Salcedo walked in the winning run in an Altoona 8-7 loss.  Starter Zack Dodson gave up four runs, two earned, in six innings.  He allowed seven hits and two walks, and struck out two.  Before going with Salcedo, the Curve got three scoreless innings from utility player Andy Vasquez, who now has nine career appearances on the mound.  Reading infielder Brock Stassi got the win with three scoreless and hitless innings.  Altoona hitters struck out 21 times.  Dan Gamache and Jacob Stallings each went 3-8.  Gamache had a triple and four RBIs and Stallings hit his second HR.  Adam Frazier was 2-3 before coming out of the game, Josh Bell 2-7, Willy Garcia 2-7 with a double, and Max Moroff 1-8.

-- Bradenton lost to Clearwater, 4-2.  Jayson Aquino gave up four runs on seven hits in seven innings.  He walked one and fanned four, while throwing 70 of 96 pitches for strikes.  JaCoby Jones was 2-3 and Justin Maffei 2-4.  Austin Meadows was 1-4 with a double, Harold Ramirez 0-4 and Reese McGuire 0-3.

-- West Virginia took a 3-1 lead into the top of the 9th, but Jose Regalado gave up three runs and the Power lost to Savannah, 4-3.  Starter Alex McRae gave up one run on six hits in six innings.  He walked one and struck out three.  Connor Joe was 2-2 with a walk.  Cole Tucker remains out.

-- No result was available for the DSL Pirates' game.