Curve Are Two-Hit; Santos And Hernandez Have 3 Hits Each

Augusta Green Jackets� 4,� West Virginia Power� 3 … (box)

RF Jose Hernandez went 3-for-4 for the Power, but they could not overcome a 4-run inning by Augusta.� The Power got onto the scoreboard in the top of the 4th, when CF David Rubinstein blasted his 3rd homer of the season over the left field wall.� They added a second run in the 5th.� 3B Jesus Brito led off with a double, and advanced to third base on DH Andy Vasquez’s single.� SS Elevys Gonzalez drove in Brito with a sacrifice fly.

Eliecer Navarro pitched 5 scoreless innings in his start for the Power.� He struck out 4 batters, while scattering 3 hits and a walk.� He was helped out by LF Rogelios Noris, whose throw in from left field, relayed by Gonzalez, was in time to throw out a runner at the plate in the bottom of the 1st.� Zach Foster took the mound to begin the 6th, and that’s when Augusta did their scoring.� Foster gave up two singles and got two outs.� Then a fielding error by Noris let both base runners score, and that was followed by a 2-run home run, to give Augusta a 4-2 lead.� All four runs were unearned.� Foster retired the side in order in the 7th, and Ryan Kelly pitched a scoreless 8th inning.

The Power rallied again in the 8th, with back-to-back doubles by 2B Jarek Cunningham and Jose Hernandez, who had also singled in the 1st and in the 5th.� Cunningham scored, with Hernandez picking up the RBI, but that was all the Power could manage, and their rally fell short.

State College Spikes� 3,� Mahoning Valley Scrappers� 1 ..� (box)

CF Adalberto Santos was the one with the hot bat in this game, as he went 3-for-3 with a triple and a walk.� The triple came with one out in the top of the 1st, and when 1B Matt Curry reached on a fielding error, Santos scored the first run of the game.� Santos walked with one out in the 3rd, then moved up to second base on a wild pitch.� A ground out by RF Cole White pushed him to third base, and Curry’s RBI single brought Santos across the plate.

Santos singled to lead off the 5th inning, but he was erased in a double play.� In the 7th, it was 3B Kelson Brown’s turn to lead off with a single.� Santos singled for the third time in the game, and Brown raced to third base, with Santos going to second on the throw in from center field.� White’s sacrifice fly plated Brown with the Spikes’ 3rd run.

Brandon Cumpton made his first start for the Spikes, and gave up only one hit and one walk, while striking out 5 batters.� Kevin Decker took over for Cumpton and earned his 7th win.� He pitched 4 innings and allowed the Scrappers’ only run on a single and a triple in the bottom of the 7th inning.� Justin Ennis pitched a scoreless 8th inning, allowing only a walk.� Jason Townsend earned his 6th save with a scoreless 9th, giving up a walk and a single.

GCL Tigers� 2,� GCL� Pirates� 1 ..�� (box)

The Tigers doubled up the Pirates in both hits and runs, though it took them until the 10th inning to get that second run.� The Pirates scored first, with an unearned run in the 3rd inning. Both RF Wes Freeman and LF Daan Cornelissen reached base on fielding errors.� CF Ping-Hung Chi bounced into a double play, which let Freeman score from third base.

Starter Vincent Payne pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, and Nick Kingman added two more scoreless frames, with 3 hits.� He was aided by a fielder’s choice play, which tagged the lead runner out at the plate, then made it a double play with another tag out at third.� Barrett Phillips took over to begin the 6th inning.� He gave up the Tigers’ first run, on back-to-back doubles in the 6th, then pitched a scoreless 7th.

After the 3rd inning, the Pirates could not get runners around to score again.� They had two runners on base in the 4th (singles by 3B Eric Avila and SS Kevin Mort) and again in the 8th (Cornelissen and C Joey Schoenfeld), but did not capitalize.� Reliever Emmanuel De Leon also had to work with two Tigers on base in the 8th, but a double play got him out of the jam.� De Leon worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 9th, with two singles and a walk, but got out of that too.

In the top of the 10th, with Jarryd Sullivan taking over on the mound, the Tigers scored on a single, a ground out, and an RBI single, to take a 2-1 lead.� The first two Pirates’ batters in the bottom of the inning were retired, then Chi was hit by a pitch and Schoenfeld singled, to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base.� But a strikeout ended the inning and the Tigers had the win.

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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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