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Morning Report: Altoona with a Chance to Advance to Eastern League Finals Tonight

Austin Coley can put Altoona into the finals with a win tonight. Photo Credit: Sean McCool
Morning Report: Altoona with a Chance to Advance to Eastern League Finals Tonight
John Dreker

Nick Kingham pitched a great game last night to keep Indianapolis alive in the playoffs, while Altoona put up a lot of offense in their 8-4 win over Bowie. That gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series and now the final three games are at home. As mentioned in the preview from yesterday, Kingham wasn't just coming off of two poor starts to end the regular season, he also didn't pitch well during the two times he faced Durham this year. So that was a nice pitching performance from him in a big spot.

The big spot today belongs to Drew Hutchison, who gets the ball in another must-win contest for Indianapolis. He looked solid in his first game against Durham back on April 18th when he allowed one run over six innings. That start was obviously quite a long time ago and a lot has chang...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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