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Matt Morris Report: A pair of lower level pitchers have big outings

-- Indianapolis edged Gwinnett, 4-3.  Angel Sanchez scuffled early, but went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.  He walked one and struck out two.  John Holdzkom pitched two perfect innings, striking out three and throwing 15 of 19 pitches for strikes.  Brent Morel went 2-4 with his sixth HR and three RBIs.  Willy Garcia was 1-4.

-- Altoona lost to Erie, 2-1.  Steven Brault's second AA start went a lot better than his first.  He threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks, and striking out five.  He left with a 1-0 lead, but Jhondaniel Medina gave up a run in the 7th, then an unearned run, set up by a Josh Bell error, in the 9th.  Bell now has a dozen errors on the season.  Mel Rojas was 2-4.  Bell and Max Moroff each went 1-4.

-- Bradenton got four runs in the 7th and hung on to beat St. Lucie, 4-3.  Cody Dickson survived six walks to go six innings.  He gave up two runs and four hits, and struck out five.  Harold Ramirez went 3-5 and is now hitting .412.  Wyatt Mathisen and Jin-De Jhang each went 2-4, with Mathisen adding a double.  Austin Meadows had a double in four at-bats.  Reese McGuire also went 1-4.

-- Colten Brewer (pictured) fanned nine in six innings as the West Virginia Power edged Greensboro, 2-1.  Brewer gave up one run on three hits and two walks.  Cole Tucker, Jordan Luplow and Connor Joe were all 1-4, with Joe hitting a double.

-- The West Virginia Black Bears walloped Auburn, 12-3.  Hector Garcia threw five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and no walks, and striking out eight.  Ty Moore went 4-6 with two doubles, Danny Arribas 3-5 with a double and a triple, and Logan Hill 3-6 with a double.  Ulises Montilla was 2-4.  Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer didn't play.

-- Bristol lost to Greeneville, 2-1, in twelve innings.  Starter Marek Minarik gave up a leadoff HR, then he and four relievers threw shutout ball until the 12th.  Scooter Hightower and Tanner Anderson, drafted in the 15th and 20th rounds, respectively, made their pro debuts.  Each threw two scoreless innings.  Hightower gave up three hits and Anderson two, and neither walked or struck out anybody.  Sandy Santos went 3-5 and Carlos Ozuna 2-6.

-- The GCL Pirates dropped a pair to the Phillies.  In game one, 8th round draft pick Seth McGarry gave up two runs over three innings in his pro debut as the Bucs lost, 2-0.  He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out two.  Yunior Montero fared better, retiring all nine batters he faced, striking out the first five batters he faced.  The Bucs had only four hits.  Adrian Valerio, Raul Siri and Michael De La Cruz all went 1-3, Siri with a double.

The Pirates lost game two by a 7-3 score.  Nestor Oronel and Richard Mitchell each made his stateside debut, and each allowed two earned runs in two innings.  Siri was 1-3 and Valerio 1-4.  Still no sign of Ke'Bryan Hayes.  The GCL Phillies, by the way, have a player named Arquimedes Gamboa.  Copycats.

-- The DSL Pirates lost to the Red Sox2, 9-2.  Melvin Jimenez and Felix Vinicio each went 2-4.  Starter Miguel Hernandez gave up two runs, one earned, in five innings.  He allowed four hits and a walk, and struck out four.  Brian Sousa gave up three runs, one earned, in one inning.