Bixler Returns; Krol Saves #21

GCL Blue Jays� 9,� GCL Pirates� 1 (box)

In another afternoon game, the Pirates were held to just 5 hits and one run, while the Blue Jays pounded out 5 home runs.� DH Joey Schoenfeld had the only extra-base hit for the Pirates, a double in the 3rd, but he was thrown out trying to steal third base.� The Pirates’ best chance came in the 7th, when 3B Eric Avila singled, LF Exicardo Cayonez walked, and C Elias Diaz singled, all in a row and all with two outs.� But a strikeout ended the inning, leaving all three standing on base.� 2B Jorge Bishop and Cayonez had the other two Pirates’ hits.� Rehabbing SS Brian Friday went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Joely Rodriguez made the start for the Pirates.� He got three quick ground outs in the 1st inning, but gave up a solo home run, a single, and a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning.� Another solo homer added another run in the 3rd, and a lead-off solo homer made it 5-0 after the 4th inning.� Barrett Phillips pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing just a single in the 5th, and retiring the side in order in the 6th and 7th innings.� Yomar Pacheco took over to begin the 8th, and the Blue Jays took advantage of him.� Two doubles and a 2-run homer brought in 3 runs, then a hit batter, a wild pitch, and an RBI single made it 4 runs in the inning and 9 total.

State College Spikes� 13,�� Vermont Lake Monsters 2 (box)

Spikes’ starter Zac Fuesser gave up a run in the top of the 1st, when he walked in a run with the bases loaded.� He gave up only 2 hits over the next 4 innings, while striking out 4 batters.� The Spikes were not trailing for long, though — they scored 9 runs over the first three innings, and had only two innings in which they didn’t score.

2B Gift Ngoepe walked to begin the bottom of the 1st.� A single by SS Walker Gourley moved Ngoepe to third, and RF Adalberto Santos plated Ngoepe with a sacrifice fly.� Singles by 1B Matt Curry and 3B Kelson Brown, and a double by LF Pat Irvine (down from the Power) brought in three more runs, with 2 RBI for Irvine.� They added 2 more runs in the 2nd, with a double by CF Kyle Saukko, a single by Gourley, a double by Santos, a single by Curry, and a double by Brown.� The barrage continued in the 3rd inning.� C Matt Skirving, Saukko, and Ngoepe all singled, with Skirving scoring on Saukko’s hit.� A walk to Gourley loaded the bases, and another walk to Santos forced in Saukko.� Curry’s grounder force out brought in Ngoepe, and the Spikes were leading 9-1.

The Spikes had runners on first and third in the 4th inning, but didn’t score in that inning.� They did score again in the 5th, when Santos singled and scored on Curry’s double.� Curry homered in the 7th, making him only a triple short of the cycle.� The Spikes finished up with 2 runs in the 8th.� Saukko was hit by a pitch, and a throwing error allowed Saukko come all the way around to score and put Ngoepe on third base.� Santos’ single brought in Ngoepe.

Mitch Fienemann earned the win with 2 scoreless innings, allowing one walk.� Jhonatan Ramos and Sandobal Septimo each pitched a scoreless inning.� Jason Townsend took the top of the 9th for the Spikes.� He gave up a run on a walk, a balk, a ground out and an RBI single.

Matt Curry and Kelson Brown each finished with 4 hits, and Adalberto Santos had 3, with 3 RBI.� Curry had 4 RBI.� The Spikes tied a team record with a total of 20 hits.

Bradenton Marauders� 5,� Palm Beach Cardinals� 3 (box)

Melkin Laureano earned his third win and Noah Krol earned his 21st save of the season as the Cardinals out-hit the Marauders, but the Marauders hung on for the win.� Laureano pitched 5 innings and allowed a run in each of the 3rd and 4th innings.� He had given up a double and a walk in the 1st, but got out of that jam with a double play.� He worked around another double in the 2nd.� In the 3rd, a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI double gave the Cardinals their first run.� A solo home run in the 4th gave them their second run.

The Marauders scored 2 runs in the 4th.� 1B Calvin Anderson led off with a walk, moved to second on C Jordan Newton’s single, and scored on DH James Skelton’s grounder force out.� A throwing error put Skelton on second base, and he went on to steal third, then scored on a wild pitch.�� SS Adenson Chourio broke the tie with a run in the 5th.� He led off with a single, advanced to second on CF Robbie Grossman’s walk, and scored on LF Quincy Latimore’s RBI single.� Latimore reached on a fielding error in the 7th, to begin another rally.� Anderson doubled, and 3B Adam Davis brought in both Latimore and Anderson with a line drive into center field, giving the Marauders two insurance runs.

Tyler Cox took over for Laureano to begin the 6th.� He pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing only a single, then erasing that runner with a double play.� Mike Colla pitched the 8th, and he gave up a solo home run for the Cardinals’ final run.� Noah Krol pitched the 9th.� He gave up two singles, but erased one base runner with a double play, and left the other on base when he struck out the final batter, earning his 21st save.

Word came down today that C Tony Sanchez, who is out with a fractured jaw, will not likely be ready to return to the Marauders before the end of their season.� He will likely be ready for Fall Instructional League, though.� I wonder if he would be considered for the Arizona Fall League?

Lexington Legends� 12,� West Virginia Power� 8 (box)

The Power scored in six consecutive innings, and thought they were sitting pretty, until the Legends exploded in the top of the 9th.� Lexington scored first, with one run in the 1st on two singles and a ground out, and 2 runs in the 2nd, on a double, two singles, and an RBI ground out.� Those were the only runs that starter Phillip Irwin surrendered in his 5 innings of work, allowing 7 hits, no walks, with 2 strikeouts.

CF Evan Chambers got two of the runs back in the bottom of the 3rd, with his 2-run home run following a single by C Jairo Marquez, just moved up from State College.� 3B Jesus Brito tied the score in the 4th with his 10th home run of the season.� 2B Jarek Cunningham and LF Rogelios Noris each added another solo home run (in the 5th and 6th respectively).� The Power scored another run in the 7th, when SS Elevys Gonzalez doubled and then scored when 1B Aaron Baker reached on a throwing error.

Reliever Eliecer Navarro pitched 2 scoreless innings, striking out 4 batters.� Zach Foster pitched the top of the 8th, and he gave up a double and a 2-run homer to begin the inning.� The Power got those 2 runs right back in the bottom of the frame.� Noris singled, DH Kyle Morgan was hit by a pitch, and they both scored when Gonzalez tripled into center field.

The Marauders were leading 8-5 in the top of the 9th, when the wheels fell off.� With Marc Baca on the mound, the first batter of the inning tripled, then scored on a throwing error by SS Gonzalez (1st run of the inning).� Two walks and a double scored a run (2).� After an intentional walk to load the bases, a pop up produced the first out of the inning.� Another walk drove in a run (3) to tie the score, and a single drove in two (4, 5) to give Lexington the lead.� Then came a ground out, and another single drove in two more runs (6, 7).� All 7 of those runs were charged to Baca, who was given the blown save and the loss.� Gabriel Alvarado finally rescued Baca, and got a fly out to end the inning.� The stunned Power got a single from Cunningham to begin the bottom of the 9th, but the next three batters went down in order.

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Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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