Durham’s Grand Slam Sparks Curve; Marte Back With A Homer

State College Spikes� 6,� Mahoning Valley Scrappers� 4 (box)

Both 1B Matt Curry and RF Cole White went 3-for-3 tonight as the Spikes held on for the win, despite late-inning rallies by the Scrappers.� Curry singled in both the 1st and 4th innings, but did not score either time.� White was hit by a pitch in the 2nd but was forced out at second base.� Then he led off the 5th inning with a single, and moved to second base on C Matt Skirving’s sacrifice bunt.� 3B Kelson Brown also singled, and CF Mel Rojas doubled both of them in, to give the Spikes a 2-0 lead.

Curry led off the 6th inning with his third single and he stole second base.� DH Chase Lyles walked, and both runners moved up a base when SS Walker Gourley grounded out.� White’s second hit of the game brought Curry home.� Then Lyles stole home while White stole second base, and the Spikes had increased their lead to 4-0.� Both Curry and White reached base in the 8th inning, when the Spikes added another two runs.� Curry led off with a walk, Lyles singled, and Gourley sacrifice bunted the two into scoring position.� White’s third single drove in both runners.

Zack Von Rosenberg pitched 4 scoreless innings in his start.� He gave up 3 hits and a walk, and struck out 3 batters.� He also hit a batter, and made an error on a pick-off throw to first. He had two runners on only in the 4th inning, with the walk and a single, but got out of the inning with a timely double play.� Zack Dodson relieved Von Rosenberg to begin the 5th.� He threw 2 scoreless innings, but got into trouble in the 7th with two lead-off walks.� A passed ball moved the runners to second and third, and the lead runner scored (unearned) on a round out.� After a strikeout and a third walk, Ryan Beckman relieved Dodson and finished the inning.� Beckman gave up two runs int he 8th, on a hit batter, a walk, an RBI single, and an RBI ground out.� That cut the Spikes’ lead to 6-3.� Jason Townsend gave up another run in the bottom of the 9th, with a one-out single, a walk, and an RBI single.� But that last runner was thrown out by Skirving as he tried to steal second base, ending the rally and the game.

GCL Pirates� 10,� GCL Yankees� 4 (box)

CF Starling Marte returned to action in his rehab work for his left hand, and was back with a bang.� Rehabbing C Eric Fryer led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a walk, and Marte followed by blasting a 2-run homer.� The Yankees had a solo homer in the top of the 2nd, but the Pirates came right back with 2 more in the bottom of the frame.� LF Exicardo Cayonez was hit by a pitch and DH Elias Diaz walked.� SS Jorge Bishop grounded into a force out at second (Diaz out), then Cayonez and Bishop pulled off a double steal, with Cayonez scoring.� Bishop scored on an RBI single by 3B Kevin Mort.

The Yankees’ starter hit two more batters with a pitch in the 3rd inning: Marte, to lead off, and 2B Luis Solano later in the inning.� Marte stole second, and rehabbing RF/CF Wes Freeman walked, then Marte and Freeman did the double steal.� Solano loaded the bases when he was hit, and Cayonez walked, forcing in Marte.� Freeman scored on a wild pitch.� Back-to-back home runs by Diaz (3 runs) and Bishop (solo, of course) gave the Pirates 6 runs in the inning, and a 10-1 lead.

Yerfi Taveras gave up that Yankees’ home run in the 2nd, then another solo homer in the 4th.� He began the 5th with three singles for one run.� He was replaced by Dinesh Patel, who walked a batter to load the bases, then a sacrifice fly brought in another run (charged to Taveras).� A ground out ended the inning.� Barrett Phillips earned the win with 3 scoreless innings.� Phillips gave up one single and had a batter reach on a fielding error, but got out of the inning with a double play.� Dovydas Neverauskas pitched the 9th inning, giving up a lead-off double, then retiring the next three batters.

Fryer went 0-for-3 at the plate, with a walk.� Marte was 1-for-2 with the home run.� Freeman went 1-for-3 with a walk.

West Virginia Power � 8, �Hagerstown Suns �4 (box)

LF Rogelios Noris and RF Jose Hernandez both homered and Hernandez, 1B Aaron Baker, and CF David Rubinstein all collected 2 hits as the Power took the first game of the double header from the Suns. �The Power scored 3 runs in each of the 2nd and 3rd innings. � Noris’ 3-run homer got the Power onto the scoreboard in the 2nd inning, after Baker walked and Rubinstein singled. �In the 3rd, 3B Elevys Gonzalez led off with a triple and Hernandez homered. �Rubinstein reached base on a fielding error after the home run, then stole second base. �He scored on the second fielding error of the inning.

The Power added two more runs late in the game. �In the 5th (that’s “late” in 7-inning double header games), three consecutive singles by Hernandez, Baker, and Rubinstein plated Hernandez. �2B Jarek Cunningham began the 7th with a single, advanced to third on Baker’s second single, and scored on an RBI ground out by Rubinstein.

Brett Lorin pitched 4 innings in his start for the Power. He gave up only 2 hits, and those were a single and a home run in the 2nd inning. �Lorin also walked 2 batters and struck out 4. �Elicier Navarro earned his first win with the Power, pitching the last 3 innings. �He allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th, on two singles, a sacrifice fly, and a triple, but ended the inning and the game when he got a strikeout with runners on the corners.

Suns �9, �Power �3 (box)

The Suns took out their frustrations in the night-cap, scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and knocking Quinton Miller, just up from State College, out of the game. �Miller gave up two singles, then got a fly out. �Then a triple, a fielder’s choice without an out, and another single brought in two runs. �After a strikeout, Miller surrendered another triple, a 2-run homer, and a walk, and at that point, he was sent to the showers. �Mike Williams came on in relief, and got out of the inning when C Jairo Marquez threw out that last batter/runner trying to steal second base. �Williams pitched 4 more innings and gave up 2 runs in the 3rd on two singles and a double. �Maurice Bankston pitched the final inning for the Power, and allowed only a walk.

The Power scored one unearned run in the top of the 1st inning, when Jarek Cunningham reached third base on a fielding error in center field. �He scored on Jose Hernandez’s RBI ground out. �They scored again in the 5th, also aide by an error. �Marquez led off with a single and reached third base on Elevys Gonzalez’s double. �Both runners scored when CF Evan Chambers reached base on a fielding error at shortstop.

Author: 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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