Colla Moves Up; Long Night For Power

West Virginia Power� 7,� Savannah Sand Gnats� 6 (box)

It took 15 innings and three minutes short of 5 hours, but the Power got the win over Savannah. � With the score tied at 6-6 going into the bottom of the 15th,� Savannah had run out of pitchers.� They brought in RJ Harris, their left fielder, to the mound. � Harris got 2B Elevys Gonzalez to ground out, and got SS Benji Gonzalez to pop out.� Then he walked CF Evan Chambers, who advanced to second base on a wild pitch.� Harris then walked DH David Rubinstein, 1B Aaron Baker, and RF Jose Hernandez to force in the winning run and send everyone home to bed.

Jason Erickson had made the start for the Power.� He went 6 innings and surrendered 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk, while striking out 6 batters.� A walk and two singles brought in one run in the 1st inning, and added two mre runs in the 3rd on a single, a hit batter, a double steal, and a 2-RBI single.

The Power tied the score with one run in the 2nd, on three singles by C Ramon Cabrera, LF Rogelios Noris, and Elevys Gonzalez plus a fielding error, then 2 more runs in the 5th inning.� Those came on walks to Benji Gonzalez and Baker, a single by Rubinstein, and a 2-RBI double by Hernandez.� The Gonzalezes brought in the go-ahead run in the 6th, when Elevys doubled and Benji hit bunt single for the RBI.

Things were looking good for the Power over the next couple of innings.� Gabriel Alvarado retired 6 batters in order for the 7th and 8th innings.� But the top of the 9th began with a double by Harris (who was still in left field), a sacrifice bunt, and a fielding error, which tied the game again.

Neither team scored in the 10th or the 11th, though both teams put runners on base in both innings.� Marc Baca pitched for the Power, giving up three singles and a walk.� In the top of the 12th, Baca gave up another single and a walk, got two outs then gave up a triple to Harris, which brought in two runs for the Sand Gnats.� But the Power were not done yet.� Aaron Baker led off the bottom of the 12th with a solo home run, and after a walk to Hernandez and a bunt to move him to second base, Noris doubled into left field, and Hernandez scored, again tying the game.

Both sides went down in order in the 13th, and both had runners on in the 14th but again could not score.� Maurice Bankston finished the 12th, then pitched 3 scoreless innings without allowing a hit (batters reached on fielding errors and hit batters).� He was the pitcher of record when Harris walked in the winning run in the bottom of the 15th.

State College Spikes� 8,� Auburn Doubledays� 4 (box)

Colton Cain made his first start for the Spikes tonight, pitching 4 innings and allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, with 4 strikeouts.� He retired the first 9 Auburn batters in order, including 3 of those strikeouts.� The 4th inning began with a single, a triple, and a sacrifice fly, bringing in 2 runs.� Cain also gave up a ground-rule double, but ended the inning with the fourth strikeout and a ground out.

That tied the score, because the Spikes had scored one run in the bottom of the 1st on back-to-back lead-off doubles by CF Mel Rojas and SS Gift Ngoepe (ground-rule).� LF Adalberto Santos follwed with a single but Ngoepe was thrown out at the plate.� Ngoepe singled and Santos triple in the 3rd inning to give the Spikes their second run of the game.

The Spikes broke the tie in the 5th.� RF Cole White and Rojas led off with back-to-back singles, and Ngoepe sacrifice bunted them up one base.� Santos walked to load the bases with one out.� A throwing error at third base brought White in to score, and a single by 2B Walker Gourley drove in Rojas with the second run.� They kept the momentum going with a single by Rojas and a triple by Ngoepe in the 6th inning, then two more runs in the 7th.� 1B Matt Curry and 3B Chase Lyles both walked, and a ground out by Gourley advanced them both one base.� DH Gerlis Rodriguez was intentionally walked to load the bases.� Another walk to C Miguel Mendez forced in a run, and a single by Rojas brought in two more runs, for a total of 8 by the Spikes.

Kevin Decker pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits plus a hit batter.� Ryan Beckman pitched a scoreless 7th, but gave up 2 runs in the 8th on two singles and a 2-RBI double.

Rojas led the offense with 4 hits, while Ngoepe picked up 3 hits and Santos added 2.� Rojas’ batting average stands at .391 after 5 games with the Spikes, and Santos is hitting .342.

Bradenton Marauders� 5,� Dunedin Blue Jays� 3 (box)

CF Quincy Latimore and C Jordan Newton had 2 hits each as the Marauders scored in three consecutive innings for the win.� Nate Baker earned his first win with the Marauders, going 5 innings and allowing 2 runs (one earned) on just 3 hits, with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts.� The unearned run put the Blue Jays onto the scoreboard in the 3rd inning, with a walk, a stolen base, and a throwing error by Newton to put the runner on third base. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Blue Jays’ C Travis d’Arnaud, the brother of Altoona’s Chase d’Arnaud.� A double, a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly brought in the Blue Jays’ second run in the 5th.

Duke Welker pitched a scoreless 6th inning, though he gave up a double, a single, and a walk.� Casey Erickson pitched 2 innings and allowed one run on a single and a double.� Noah Krol earned his 23rd save with a scoreless 9th inning.

The Marauders got going at the plate in the 4th.� Latimore and 1B Adam Davis singled, then DH James Skelton loaded the bases when he walked.� RF Austin McClune picked up 2 RBI with a single, scoring Latimore and Davis.� SS Greg Picart reached base on an error in the 5th, and scored on LF Robbie Grossman’s double.� Newton’s single drove in Grossman with the Marauders’ fourth run.� They added one more in the 6th, when McClune walked and 2B Adenson Chourio reached base on a throwing error.� A grounder force out by 3B Jose De Los Santos drove in McClune.

GCL Tigers� 7,� GCL Pirates� 5 (box)

A 6-run 8th inning gave the Tigers a bite on the Pirates this afternoon.� The game began with each team posting a run in the 1st inning.� The Tigers scored on a triple and an RBI ground out.� 3B Eric Avila got the run back when he doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning, moved to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on RF Gregory Polanco’s RBI single.� The Pirates broke the tie in the 2nd inning.� C Elias Diaz also led off with a double and was bunted to third by LF Exicardo Cayonez. 1B Michaelangel Trinidad bounced to third and was safe on the fielder’s choice, as the Tigers tagged out Diaz at the plate.� 2B Kevin Mort doubled, bringing in Trinidad, and the Pirates had a 2-1 lead.

Pirates’ starter James Archibald pitched 5 innings and after that first inning, he scattered 3 hits and a walk.� Rinku Singh relieved Archibald and contributed 2 scoreless innings, with one hit and four strikeouts.

The Pirates were quiet in the middle innings, then they added to their lead in the 7th.� Trinidad tripled, and he scored on Mort’s RBI single.� Mort stole second base, which put him into scoring position for CF Junior Sosa. Sosa singled up the middle, but the throw in from center field was on target and on time, and Mort was out at the plate.� Avila follwed with a triple, plating Sosa, then DH Wesley Freeman brought in Avila with a single to short, complicated by a throwing error.� Those 3 runs gave the Pirates a 5-1 lead.

Then disaster struck in the top of the 8th, with Bryton Trepagnier on the mound.� After one out, two singles, a wild pitch, and a double brought in two runs, and the score was 5-3.� Trepagnier struck out the next batter, then gave up two more singles (one for an RBI) and 3-run homer to Tigers’ C Patrick Leyland (yup, right name).� Tigers 7, Pirates 5.� Yomar Pacheco relieved Trepagnier, but it was too late.� Pacheco also pitched a scoreless 9th inning.� The Pirates had only one base runner over the last two innings, when Diaz was hit by a pitch, and then forced out at second base.

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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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