Irwin: Another 7 No-Hit Innings;

Bowie Baysox� 7,� Altoona Curve� 2 …������ (box)

SS Jordy Mercer went 4-for-5 and Miles Durham blasted his 10th homer of the season, but it was not enough to overcome two 3-run innings by the Baysox.� Bowie jumped on Curve starter Jeff Locke in the 1st inning, with a walk, a single, and a 3-run homer.� The Curve got one run back in the 3rd inning, on three singles by 2B Chase d’Arnaud, 3B Josh Harrison, and Mercer.� (Mercer had also singled in the top of the 1st.)� Durham, making a rare start at first base, homered to lead off the 4th inning and bring the Curve closer, at 3-2.

But that was all the scoring the Curve would do.� They loaded the bases with two outs in the 5th, on singles by Mercer and DH Andrew Lambo and a walk by Durham, but a pop out ended the inning.� LF Jim Negrych singled in the 8th, but did not score.� Then in the top of the 9th, the Curve again loaded the bases with two outs, on three consecutive singles, by d’Arnaud, Harrison, and Mercer.� A ground out ended that inning without a run scoring.

The Baysox got to Locke again in the 4th inning.� With two outs, Locke hit former Pirates’ farmhand C Steve Lerud with a pitch, then surrendered three straight doubles, driving in three runs.� He also gave up a solo home run to open the bottom of the 5th, and the Baysox had a 7-2 advantage.� Ramon Aguero relieved Locke to begin the 6th.� He gave up a walk and a single, but did not let a run score.� Mike Colla pitched a perfect 7th inning, then Daniel Moskos pitched a scoreless 8th, allowing one walk, but erasing that runner in a double play.

Bradenton Marauders� 9,� St. Lucie Mets� 4 ..� (box)

Bradenton posted a 4-run 6th inning and took advantage of 4 errors by the Mets to take the win.� They lead the Florida State League Southern Division by 2 games over Fort Myers with 3 games left to play.� The Marauders batted around in the top of the 1st to score 3 runs.� With one out, RF Robbie Grossman walked, but was out at second base on a grounder force out by CF Starling Marte. Then LF Quincy Latimore and C Eric Fryer both singled, and combined with an error on the throw in from left field,� Marte and Latimore scored.� 1B Calvin Anderson was hit by a pitch, then 2B Adam Davis singled in Fryer from second base.� DH Jordan Newton walked, but 2B James Skelton struck out to end the inning.

The Mets got two of the runs back in the bottom of the frame.� Starter Brian Leach gaver up a single, a ground-rule double, and another single, to cut the lead to 3-2.� Each team scored one run in the 2nd inning.� SS Shelby Ford doubled, went to third base on the throw to first when the Mets’ catcher dropped Marte’s strike three, then scored when Latimore reached on a fielding error.� The Mets scored on two singles and a throwing error by Leach on a pick-off attempt.

Leach allowed just two hits over the next four innings, and erased one of those batters with a double play.� He gave up one more run in the 7th, on a double and two ground outs.

The Marauders went down in order in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, but burst out with 4 runs in the 6th.� The inning began with three consecutive singles, by Anderson, Davis, and Newton, then Skelton walked, forcing in a run.� After a pitching changes, Ford brought in Davis with a sacrifice fly, and Grossman brought in Newton with another sacrifice fly.� Marte doubled, scoring Skelton for the 4th run of the inning, and the Marauders had an 8-3 lead.� It was 8-4 going into the top of the 8th, when with two outs, Grossman reached second base on a fielding error, then scored when Marte reached on another fielding error.

Casey Erickson pitched the final two innings for the Marauders.� He gave up a single in the bottom of the 9th, but struck out a total of 3 batters.

Auburn Doubledays� 3,� State College� Spikes� 2 …��� (box)

CF Mel Rojas and 3B Kelson Brown each had 2 hits, but the Spikes couldn’t catch up to Auburn’s early lead.� Starter Tyler Waldron struggled through the 1st inning, allowing 3 runs on three doubles and a single.� He stettled down after that, giving up a single in the 2nd, but retiring the side in order over the next two innings.� He struck out the side in the 4th.� In the 5th, Waldron gave up a single, but that runner was out in a run-down that started after a fielding error by SS Drew Maggi.

The Spikes loaded the bases in the 1st inning, on a single by Rojas and walks to DH Chase Lyles and RF Cole White. A ground out ended that inning.� Brown led off the 2nd inning with a double, then advanced to third base on 2B Kevin Mort’s single.� (Mort was making his first start with the Spikes since being promoted from the GCL Pirates.)� Maggi’s sacrifice fly scored Brown.� Rojas also doubled, moving Mort to third, but they were left on base when the inning ended.� Brown led off the 4th inning with another bang — a triple into left field.� He scored on C Miguel Mendez’s RBI ground out.� Maggi also singled in that inning.

The Spikes threatened again in the 5th, when both White and LF Pat Irvine reached on back-to-back fielding errors by Auburn’s shortstop, but didn’t score.� They put two runners on base again in the 7th, on a single by Lyles and a walk to White, but a fly out ended that inning without a run scoring.

Vincent Payne relieved Waldron to begin the 6th.� He allowed one walk and hit a batter in his 3 scoreless innings.� Jason Townsend pitched the top of the 9th, and made things a little too interesting with three walks, but also got three ground outs, and kept Auburn from scoring.

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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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