Spikes Throw One-Hitter; Wilson K’s 11

Altoona Curve� 2,� New Hampshire FisherCats� 0 (box)

Justin Wilson earned his 10th win of the season for the Curve with 8 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, while striking out a career-best 11 batters.� Wilson was completely in control the entire time.� He gave up a single in the 1st inning, but struck out the other three batters that he faced.� Over the next four innings, the only batter to reach base got there because he was hit with a pitch.� Wilson gave up another single in the 6th, and quickly erased that runner with a double play, then retired the next 6 batters in order.� Daniel Moskos earned his 18th save for the Curve with a perfect 9th inning, including a strikeout.

The Curve bats were not making much more noise.� They were held to just 3 hits, plus one walk, though 4 Curve batters were hit by pitches.� Two of the hits and the walk came in the 2nd inning, when the Curve did their only scoring.� With one out, 2B Jordy Mercer lined a single into left field.� RF Miles Durham walked, then DH Jim Negrych brought both of them in with a double into left.� Negrych tried to reach third base on the throw in from left, but he was out on the relay from the plate back to third base.� Former Curve reliever Ronald Uviedo pitched 3 innings for New Hampshire, and though he allowed only one hit, he plunked two of his former teammates with pitches, and struck out 6.� He hit Mercer in the 4th, amid striking out the side, and he also struck out the side in the 5th.� Uviedo hit SS Chase d’Arnaud to begin the 6th, then 3B Josh Harrison singled, moving d’Arnaud to second.� LF Andrew Lambo bounced into a force out at second, leaving runners on the corners, but a fly out and a pop out ended the threat without a run scoring.� Uviedo was relieved by Danny Farquhar, who hit C Kris Watts with a pitch in the 7th, then hit Lambo in the 8th.

Jupiter Hammerheads� 6,� Bradenton Marauders� 4 (box)

A 9th-inning rally fell short for the Marauders, who could not catch up to the Hammerheads tonight, after hammering them for the past two games.� The Marauders scored first, with a run on a single by RF Austin McClune, a grounder force out, which probably should have been a double play if not for the speedy CF Starling Marte, Marte’s 14th stolen base of the season, and an RBI double by LF Quincy Latimore.

Jupiter responded with 2 runs in the top of the 3rd, on a double, two singles, and an RBI ground out.� Latimore tied the score at 2-2 with a solo home run in the bottom of the 3rd.� Marauders’ starter Aaron Pribanic settled in and pitched 3 more scoreless innings, allowing only another single and two more walks.� He struck out 3 batters in his 6 innings.� The Marauders were also scoreless for the next 4 innings, with only a walk to 1B Calvin Anderson, and singles by SS Shelby Ford and 3B Adam Davis.

Yerfi Taveras relieved Pribanic and retired the side in the 7th, but got into trouble in the 8th.� A solo home run began the inning, then a fielding error by Ford, a double, and an RBI single brought in a second run.� A sacrifice fly scored run #3, and after a hit batter, another sacrifice fly plated the fourth run of the inning, and Jupiter had a 6-2 lead.� Noah Krol pitched the 9th for the Marauders.� He gave up a walk and two singles, but got out of the jam with a double play and a pop out.

The Marauders had one more chance in the 9th.� DH Eric Fryer led off with a single, and Anderson was hit by a pitch.� After a strikeout and a pop out, a walk to C Jordan Newman loaded the bases.� Ford singled, driving in Fryer, and a passed ball let Anderson score.� But pinch-hitter Jeremy Farrell flied out to end the threat and the game.

GCL Pirates� 4,� GCL Tigers� 1 (box)

Each team had just 4 hits, but the Pirates were more efficient with their hits.� Starter Bryton Trepagnier surrendered the lone Tigers’ run in the bottom of the 1st, on a lead-off single, a fielding error, and a wild pitch.� Trepagnier retired the side in order in the 2nd, then was relieved by Vincent Payne in the 3rd.� Payne pitched 3 scoreless innings, working around a hit batter in the 3rd, and a single in the 4th.� Fraylin Campos pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 6th.� he began the 7th with a walk and a single, then struck out the next two batters.� Yomar Pacheco took over for Campos and struck out the next batter to finish the 7th.� He finished the game with 2 scoreless innings, allowing only a single in the 8th.

The Pirates did all their scoring in one inning, the 3rd, with two of their hits and two walks, plus a little help from the Tigers.� CF Gregory Polanco began the inning with a single, and he stole both second and third bases.� With one out, SS Kevin Mort doubled, scoring Polanco.� After a ground out, DH Joey Schoenfeld walked.� 1B Michaelangel Trinidad’s triple into deep right field brought in both Mort and Schoenfeld, then Trinidad scored on a wild pitch.

After scoring in the 3rd, the Pirates went down in order for the next 3 innings.� They posted their other two singles in the 8th, but an unusual situation took them out of the inning.� With two outs, 2B Jorge Bishop lined a single into left field.� Schoenfeld followed with a single, but his aim was perfect, and the batted ball hit Bishop as he ran to second base, for the third out.

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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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