Marauders On A Rampage

Richmond Flying Squirrels� 4,� Altoona Curve� 1 (box)

Curve starter Rudy Owens pitched 5 strong innings, allowing only a double and a walk, with 7 strikeouts.� But he was the hard-luck losing pitcher when he gave up a single and a 2-run homer in the 6th inning, amidst 2 more strikeouts.� Ramon Aguero relieved Owns to begin the 7th inning, and he gave up 2 more runs after recording 2 outs in the 7th inning.� He gave up a double, then threw a wild pitch on strike three of a strikeout, which brought in one run.� A walk and an RBI single brought in the second run in that inning.� Mike Colla pitched a scoreless 8th inning.

The Curve batters matched the Flying Squirrels with 6 hits, but only scored one run, which came in the 6th inning, and that run was by Owens himself.� He led off the inning with a double, moved to third on SS Chase d’Arnaud’s single, and scored when 3B Josh Harrison bounced into a double play.� C Kris Watts had the only base hit in the first 3 innings of the game for the Curve.� RF Brandon Jones singled twice, but did not score, and LF Yung Chi Chen also had a single for the Curve.

Lakewood Blue Claws� 7,� West Virginia Power� 6 (box)

The Power had the early lead, but lost the game when they surrendered 7 unanswered runs to the Blue Claws.� The Power posted 12 hits, with each member of the line-up but one recording at least one hit.� CF Evan Chambers did not have a hit, but he walked 3 times, scored a run, and provided an RBI.

The scoring began in the 4th inning, when 2B Jarek Cunningham singled and RF David Rubinstein doubled, plating Cunningham.� A throwing error on the play put Rubinstein on third base, and he came in on LF Rogelios Noris’ RBI single.� Noris went to second on a ground out, and scored on 3B Elevys Gonzalez’s single, and the Power had a 3-0 lead.� Cunningham’s 2-run homer after a walk by Chambers added 2 more runs in the 5th.� Chambers picked up an RBI in the 6th.� Singles by DH Jose Hernandez, C Jairo Marquez, and SS Benji Gonzalez loaded the bases for Chambers, who worked a walk for the RBI.

The Power had a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the 6th.� Phillip Irwin had pitched 5 shutout innings, and had allowed only a walk and two singles.� He’d struck out 9 batters, including striking out the side in the 4th.� He started the 6th inning with a ground out, but then had a batter reach on a fielding error, threw a wild pitch, and walked the next batter.� Irwin was relieved by Marc Baca. Baca gave up a cycle to the first four batters he faced:� a double, a single, a triple, and a home run.� Five runs scored, with 2 charged to Phillips.� Another single and a walk followed, and Baca was replaced by Maurice Bankston, who finished that inning.

The Power were still leading 6-5.� Bankston pitched two scoreless innings, the 7th and the 8th.� Eliecer Navarro came into the game to pitch the bottom of the 9th.� He gave up a single, a sacrifice bunt, and a 2-RBI double, to give Lakewood the walk-off win.

Williamsport Crosscutters� 1,� State College Spikes� 0 (box)

This pitching duel featured a total of 4 hits between the two teams — two hits each.� Unfortunately the Spikes were not able to make good use of their hits, not take advanage of two walks and an error by Williamsport.� The two hits came back-to-back in the 7th inning, both singles by LF Pat Irvine and DH Cole White. Both were left on base.� The only other time the Spikes came close to scoring was in the 3rd inning, when C Miguel Mendez walked, then CF Kyle Saukko reached base on a throwing error.� SS Gift Ngoepe bounced back to the mound, and the Williamsport pitcher threw home (again) to get Mendez out at the plate.

Zac Fuesser and Mitch Fienemann pitched 7 no-hit innings. Fuesser threw 4 innings and gave up 4 walks, with 4 strikeouts.� Fienemann walked one in his 3 innings, and that base runner represented the only run scored in the game.� The walk led off the 7th inning, and a fielding error by Ngoepe put the runner on third base.� A second fielding error, on the next play, by 2B Walker Gourley brought in the run for Williamsport, and it meant that Fienemann was charged with the loss.� Jhonatan Ramos gave up Williamsport’s only hits, a single and a triple in the 9th.� The batter who had singled was picked off first base, so the bases were clear when the next batter tripled.

GCL Phillies� 1,� GCL Pirates� 0 (5 innings)������ (box)

Rain shortened the game between the Pirates and the Phillies this afternoon.� They got in just short of 5 innings, and the only run belonged to the Phillies.� They scored in the bottom of the 2nd inning on a double, a ground out, and a fielding error.� Joely Rodriguez made the start for the Pirates.� He gave up a single in the 1st inning, then the run in the 2nd inning, surrendering the double with two outs.� Kevin Kleis relieved Rodriguez, and the fielding error occurred on the first batter he faced.� The inning ended when that runner was caught stealing second base.� Kleis retired the Phillies in order in the 3rd and 4th innings.� He had given up a bunt single and a walk, with one out, when play was halted in the bottom of the 5th.

The Pirates put their lead-off hitter on base in each of the first three innings.� CF Starling Marte began the game with a double, but was thrown out trying to steal third base.� RF Gregory Polanco singled to begin the 2nd, and he stole second and third bases, but was left standing on third.� 2B Kevin Mort led off the 3rd with a single, and he also stole second, but was left on base.� C Elias Diaz also singled in the 4th (not lead-off) and was left stranded.

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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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