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Lakewood Blue Claws� 10,� West Virginia Power� 6 (box)

RF Jose Hernandez went 4-for-5 with a home run and 3 RBI in the Power’s extra-inning loss to the Blue Claws.� Hernandez singled in the 1st inning, but was left on base.� He singled again in the Power’s 2-run rally in the 3rd, and doubled in their 2-run rally in the 5th.� He struck out in the 7th, but homered in the 10th.� He was on-deck when the game ended in the bottom of the 12th.

2B Jarek Cunningham and DH Aaron Baker both doubled in the 3rd, and along with Hernandez’s single, that gave the Power a brief 2-0 lead.� A 3-run homer in the top of the 4th turned the lead over to Lakewood, but the Power took it back again in the 5th, when CF David Rubinstein was hit by a pitch and stole second base.� He scored on Hernandez’s double, and another double by LF Rogelios Noris plated Hernandez.

The Power’s 4-3 lead lasted until the 7th, when Lakewood tied the score with a ground-rule double, a walk, and an RBI grounder.� Neither team had much going in the 8th or 9th innings, and the game went into extras.� Lakewood took the lead again in the top of the 10th with a 2-run homer.� Hernandez tied the game back up in the bottom of the inning, with his home run after Cunningham had reached on a throwing error.

Lakewood took the lead for the final time in the top of the 12th.� With reliever Marc Baca on the mound, a single, a wild pitch, and another single brought in the first run.� After a second wild pitch, and a walk, Baca surrendered an RBI single and a 2-RBI double.� Two strikeouts and a ground out ended the inning, but the Power could not respond in the bottom of the inning.

Brett Lorin made the start and pitched into the 4th inning, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk.� Eliecer Navarro pitched 3.1 innings and allowed the run in the 7th, on 2 hits and a walk.� Gabriel Alvarado pitched 3 innings and gave up the 2-run homer in the 10th.� Baca pitched 2 innings, and he was charged with the loss.

Tri-City Valley Cats� 7,� State College Spikes� 3 (box)

The Spikes were held to just 3 hits in this shut-out — a single by CF Mel Rojas and a single and a double by 1B Matt Curry. The only inning in which more than one Spikes batter was on base at a time was the 9th, when Rojas singled and Curry and LF Pat Irvine both walked to load the bases with two outs.� A strikeout ended the inning and the game without the Spikes scoring.

Tyler Waldron made the start for the Spikes.� He pitched 4 innings and allowed a run in the 2nd inning on a walk, a stolen base, and a wild pitch.� Two hit batters, a ground-rule double, and an RBI ground out brought in 2 more runs in the 3rd.� Brooks Pounders pitched the next 3 innings.� He gave up a solo homer in the 5th and a run on a single, a wild pitch, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly in the 7th.� Sandobal Septimo pitched a scoreless 8th inning, then Jason Townsend gave up 2 runs in the 9th on four singles, a walk, a balk, and a wild pitch.

GCL Phillies� 14,� GCL Pirates� 3 (box)

Two 6-run innings by the Phillies put the game well out of reach for the Pirates this afternoon.� The Pirates scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st after the first two outs had been recorded.� DH Justin Howard doubled, 3B Eric Avila singled, and LF Exicardo Cayonez walked to load the bases.� Another walk to SS Kevin Mort forced in a run (Howard), and a wild pitch brought in Avila.� They added another run in the 3rd, when 2B Jorge Bishop led off with a single, then stole second base, and came around to score on Howard’s second double of the game.� The Pirates put runners on base in the next 4 innings, but could not bring them around to score, as the Phillies were aided by two double plays.

Starter James Archibald went 3 innings for the Pirates.� He gave up a run in the 1st on a double, a single, and a fielder’s choice, then another run in the 2nd on 3 singles.� The Pirates had a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of hte 6th, and that’s when things fell apart on reliever Bryton Trepagnier. A single and a double brought in one run, then Trepagnier was relieved by Yeyber Sanchez. Three more singles and a 3-run homer gave the Phillies 6 runs in the inning and an 8-3 lead.� Sanchez began the 8th inning with a pop out and two walks, and then he was relieved by Dinesh Patel, who had not allowed a run in his last three appearances.� This was a bad day, though.� Patel walked the first batter he faced, then hit the second batter with a pitch, forcing in a run.� A double drove in two more runs, then a single added another.� An RBI ground out brought in the 5th run of the inning, and another double plated the 6th run, to give the Phillies a 14-3 lead.

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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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