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Matt Morris Report: An Aussie gets five RBIs

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Bristol was rained out for the third straight day.

-- Adrian Sampson managed to avoid the 1st inning problems that have plagued him lately.  Unfortunately, he got hammered later and Indianapolis lost to Louisville, 9-2.  Sampson managed to last six and a third innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks.  He struck out two.  Brad Lincoln didn't help matters by giving up six hits in an inning and a third, while allowing both of his inherited runners to score.  Sampson has an ERA of 8.31 in his last five outings and doesn't look like a viable depth option for now.  Sampson did manage to go 2-2 at the plate.  Corey Hart hit his second AAA HR and Alen Hanson went 1-5.  Elias Diaz went 1-4 but struck out three times.  He's been slumping lately, with just two hits in his last 23 at-bats.

-- Altoona twice blew three-run leads and lost to Harrisburg, 11-9.  Tyler Glasnow gave up four runs, three earned, in five innings.  He allowed six hits and a walk, and fanned eight, throwing 56 of 77 pitches for strikes.  Glasnow didn't exactly get bombed.  Most of the damage came in the 5th and resulted from two looping fly balls that a lot of center fielders would have caught (Mel Rojas doesn't have CF range), and a grounder down the RF line.  John Kuchno gave up five runs in one inning.  Sebastian Valle went 2-4 with a double, his second HR and four RBIs, and Dan Gamache 3-4 with a double and three RBIs.  Edward Salcedo was 2-4 and Adam Frazier 2-5.  Josh Bell was 0-3.

-- Bradenton edged Jupiter, 4-3.  Jin-De Jhang and Justin Maffei each went 3-4, and Austin Meadows 3-5.  Erich Weiss was 2-4 with a double.  Luis Heredia gave up three runs on five hits and four walks in five and two-thirds innings.  He didn't strike out anybody.

-- The West Virginia Power beat Delmarva, 5-1.  Yeudy Garcia threw five shutout innings, allowing four hits and no walks, with four strikeouts.  Garcia got an impressive writeup a few days ago from Baseball America as a result of scouts raving about him at the SAL All-Star game.  Among other things, his fastball is sitting in the mid-90s and touching 98.  Tito Polo went 3-4, and Jordan Luplow and Michael Suchy each 2-3, with Suchy collecting a double.  Cole Tucker was 2-5 and Connor Joe 1-3.

-- The 2015 draftees continued to struggle, as starter Bret Helton got knocked out in the 2nd inning of the West Virginia Black Bears' 4-1 loss to a Batavia team that came in with a 3-11 record.  Helton lasted an inning and a third, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks.  He struck out none.  Cecilio Pimentel followed Helton and threw four and two-thirds scoreless innings.  He gave up four hits, walked none and struck out seven.  Logan Hill went 3-4 with a triple.  Kevin Kramer was 0-3.  Casey Hughston was 0-4 and is now 1-for-40 in his career.

-- The GCL Pirates raised their record to 8-3 by beating the Braves, 9-3.  Clay Holmes made his third rehab start, going five innings and allowing no runs on three hits and no walks, while striking out four.  Sam Kennelly (pictured) went 4-5 with a triple and five RBIs, Ke'Bryan Hayes went 3-4 and Adrian Valerio went 2-6 with a double and his first HR.  Raul Siri was 1-3 and Michael De La Cruz 1-4 with two walks and three runs.

-- No result was available for the DSL Pirates.