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Altoona Curve� 4,� Portland Sea Dogs 2 (box)

The Curve came from behind to score 4 unanswered runs for the win, despite being out-hit by the Sea Dogs, 8-6.� Tony Watson did not have his best start, lasting only 3 innings and giving up a run in each of the first two.� The first run came on a solo home run by former Curve, 3B Ray Chang in the top of the 1st.� Two singles followed the homer, but Watson kept them from scoring.� Watson gave up two more walks and two more singles in the 2nd inning, as a second run scored.� He gave up another walk and another single in the 3rd, though ended the inning with two strikeouts.

The Curve batters managed only one base runner over the first three innings — a walk to SS Jordy Mercer in the 2nd.� They got going in the 4th inning, tying the score with 2 runs.� 3B Josh Harrison singled with one out, and a throwing error by the Portland pitcher on a pick-off attempt put Harrison on second base, and he was able to score from there on Mercer’s RBI double.� C Hector Gimenez drove in Mercer with an RBI single.

CF Jose De Los Santos gave the Curve the go-ahead run in the 5th.� He singled and stole second base, then scored on DH Jim Negrych’s single into right field.� RF Miles Durham contributed an insurance run in the 7th.� He led off with a single, and moved to second base on LF Anthony Norman’s sacrifice bunt.� De Los Santos’ fly out let Durham tag up and reach third base, and he scored from third on a wild pitch.

Mike Colla took over for Tony Watson.� He allowed a single and 3 walks but kept the Sea Dogs from scoring again.� Colla also had to work around two errors in the 6th.� The first batter of the inning reached on Harrison’s thorwing error, but was caught stealing second base.� Ray Chang singled, and the next batter reached on Jose De Los Santos’ fielding error, but Colla got a ground out to end the inning.

Anthony Claggett pitched 2 perfect innings.� Daniel Moskos pitched the 9th inning, allowing a double and a walk, but getting timely ground outs to end the game and earn the save.

Andrew Lambo, recently acquired from the Dodgers, ran into a wall on Sunday while playing for the Curve.� He has sprained his shoulder joint, and will be out for a few days at least.

Bradenton Marauders� 5,� Palm Beach Cardinals� 1 (box)

Three Bradenton pitchers combined to hold the Cardinals to just 4 hits and a lone run, while the Marauders piled on 10 hits.� Nate Adcock won his 10th game of the season, going 7 innings and allowing only one run on 3 hits, no walks.� Adcock retired the first 10 batters he faced, before giving up a double, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly to bring in the Cardinals’ only run in the 4th.� Adcock worked around a single in both the 5th and 6th innings, then retired the side again in the 7th.� Diego Moreno relieved Adcock to begin the 8th inning, and he also retired the side in order, with 2 strikeouts.� Noah Krol gave up a lead-off single in the top of the 9th, then got three quick outs to end the inning.

The Marauders got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the 1st.� RF Robbie Grossman lined a single into right field, and LF Starling Marte moved him over to third base with a double lined into center.� A passed ball let Grossman score from third base.� Mistakes by the Cardinals helped the Marauders collect two more runs in the 3rd.� With one out, Grossman singled again.� He stole second base and advanced to third base on a throwing error by the catcher on the throw down to second base.� Marte picked up the first RBI with a single, then he stole second base and went to third base on a balk.� LF Quincy Latimore walked, then a ground out by 3B Jeremy Farrell brought in Marte with the second run of the inning.

SS Shelby Ford led off the 5th with a double, and the Cardinals helped him to third with a throwing error in left field.� A single by Marte brought in Ford, and another single by Farrell plated Marte.

Asheville Tourists� 4,� West Virginia Power� 1 (box)

Four single runs by Asheville gave them the win over the Power tonight.� Phillip Irwin had the Tourists nibbling away at him over his 6 innings of work.� He gave up a solo home run in the 1st, then a run on a double and two singles in the 2nd.� A walk, a double, and a sacrifice fly gave Asheville a third run in the 3rd.� A single, a stolen base, a fly out, and a sacrifice fly made it 4 runs in the 6th.

The Power put base runners on in every inning but one, but could only push one of the runners around to score.� They fell victim to two double plays and 11 strikeouts.� The one run came in during the 4th inning, when CF Evan Chambers was hit by a pitch, and 1B Aaron Baker singled up the middle.� Chambers went to second on Baker’s hit and on to third on a steal.� RF Jose Hernandez bounced into a double play, removing Baker at second, but allowing Chambers to score (no RBI).� Another double play cut short a rally in the 5th.� The Power had two runners in scoring position in the 8th, when Chambers and Baker hit back-to-back singles and an error moved them to second and third,� Two short fly outs ended that inning.

When Irwin finished his inning, Zach Foster pitched 2 perfect innings of relief.� Maurice Bankston took the 9th, and worked around a lead-off single to keep the Tourists from scoring again.

GCL Blue Jays� 2,� GLC Pirates 0 (box)

Another tough afternoon for the GLC Pirates, as they were held to just 2 hits — both doubles, one by DH Justin Howard and the other by 2B Jorge Bishop. There were also a few walks.� LF Daan Cornelissen walked in the 3rd but was erased in a double play.� Three Pirates walked in the 4th inning — C Joey Schoenfeld, 3B Eric Avila, and RF Gregory Polanco, but strikeouts ended that threat.� Bishop doubled in the 5th and Howard in the 9th, and both made it as far as third base but no further.

Jarryd Sullivan pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and a walk.� Emmanuel De Leon added another scoreless frame, allowing just a single.� Bryton Trepagnier went 2 scoreless innings, and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 6th with two ground outs resulting in runners forced out at the plate.� Yomar Pacheco pitched the final two innings and was charged with the loss when he gave up a walk followed by a 2-run homer in the 7th.

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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