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Cannonballs Coming: Glasnow has his best AAA outing

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There are some more extensive comments on the Altoona game at the bottom.

-- Tyler Glasnow had his best AAA outing to date, throwing six and a third scoreless innings in Indianapolis' 6-0 win over Charlotte.  Glasnow allowed four hits, walked two and fanned nine, throwing 59 of 85 pitches for strikes.  Rob Scahill continued his rehab with a perfect inning, striking out one.  Jordy Mercer went 1-4 with a walk and Travis Snider 2-4 with a double and a walk.  Josh Bell was 2-3 and Alen Hanson broke a 1-for-22 skid by going 2-5.  Bell is hitting .329 since his promotion.  Keon Broxton was 2-4 with his fifth AAA HR.

-- Tyler Eppler threw seven shutout innings as Bradenton blanked Fort Myers, 5-0.  Eppler gave up four hits and a walk, and struck out five.  Harold Ramirez raised his average to .351 by going 3-4 with a double.  Austin Meadows was 1-3 with a double and Reese McGuire 1-4.

-- Alex McRae gave up just two hits over seven innings as West Virginia beat Lakewood, 4-2.  McRae was charged with one run, walked none and struck out four.  The bottom four hitters in the Power lineup accounted for five of the team's six hits and all the runs.  Tyler Filliben was 2-2 with his first HR.  Kevin Newman was 1-4.

-- Morgantown beat Mahoning Valley, 3-1.  J.T. Brubaker gave up one run in four innings.  He allowed two hits and two walks, and struck out one.  Daniel Zamora got the save with three scoreless innings.  He allowed three hits, walked none and fanned four.  David Andriese and Erik Forgione each went 2-3.  Logan Hill was 0-2, leaving him hitless in his last twelve at-bats.

-- Bristol shut out Princeton, 2-0.  Logan Sendelbach threw six innings, giving up two hits and three walks, and striking out two.  Nick Buckner went 2-3 and drove in both runs.  Carlos Munoz was 0-4.

-- The GCL Pirates dropped their seventh straight, 5-2, to the Yankees1.  Ike Schlabach gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in three and a third innings.  He struck out three.  Chris Plitt threw three scoreless innings in relief.  Sam Kennelly and Yoel Gonzalez each had two hits.  Ke'Bryan Hayes was 0-3.

-- The DSL Pirates finished their season with a 4-3 win in ten innings over the Marlins.  Jeremias Portorreal was 3-4 with a double and Huascar Fuentes 2-3 with two doubles.  Gabriel Brito was 1-3 and Christopher Perez 1-5.  Roger Santana and Carlos Bustamante combined for five and a third scoreless innings in relief, striking out six.

-- Altoona took a 10-1 lead, then hung on while two relievers walked the earth for a 12-8 win over Bowie.  Adam Frazier reached base six times, going 4-4 with two walks, and Jose Osuna drove in six runs with a 2-4 showing, including his seventh HR.  Andy Vasquez went 2-5 with a double and his first HR, Erich Weiss went 2-5 with a double, and Eric Wood went 2-3 with two walks.  Starter Jason Creasy gave up one run over five innings on six hits and two walks.  He struck out three.  Robert Stock and Clario Perez combined to give up seven runs and seven walks in the game's last two innings.  The two threw a total of 61 pitches, only 21 of them for strikes.  Some comments on individual players:

Creasy wasn't that impressive.  He threw his fastball 91-93, hitting 94 once, but he doesn't miss many bats with it and he's not a groundball pitcher.  His main secondary pitch is a slow curve that doesn't have much bite.  He was helped out by his outfield, as Mel Rojas made two diving catches on liners and Stetson Allie threw out a runner trying to tag up from second on a fly ball to the track in right.  (It's not like I didn't know about Allie's arm, but . . . damn.)

Stock (if you were following on, they originally had Stock incorrectly shown as Rob Scahill) was a non-drafted free agent signed out of college this year, probably more as an organizational pitcher than anything else.  He's been pitching for Bradenton, so his first AA game was probably a tough assignment.  He threw 93-95, but had no idea where it was going.  He threw 16 balls in 21 pitches, most of them not close to the plate.  He faced five batters, retiring one and walking four.

Perez, a possible candidate for the 40-man roster, wasn't much better than Stock.  He throws from a 3/4 angle and registers 91-94 with his fastball, generally keeping the ball down.  His out pitch is a tight, late-breaking curve.  He doesn't miss a great many bats, but at his best induces weak contact.  In fact, the two hits off him in this game were flares that just fell in.  He also, however, walked three and hit another.

The contrast between Frazier and Max Moroff as hitters is interesting.  They're both smallish middle infielders who get on base very well.  Frazier, though, mainly tries to put wood on the ball and line it over the infielders.  Moroff looks to drive the ball.  Moroff was 0-3 with two walks, and hit a line drive that was caught in deep center.

Erich Weiss hasn't generally shown a lot of power, but he lined a ball that short-hopped the wall in left-center (Weiss hits LH).  He played second, as Moroff has been DHing recently, apparently due to a minor leg injury.  Weiss made a couple diving stops, but he also let a routine, albeit very high, popup drop in.

Osuna's HR was an opposite-field shot.  He made several good plays on grounders to his right, although Creasy wasted one of them by being slow to cover first.