Gerrit Cole Strikes Out Seven in Pro Debut

Gerrit Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, made his pro debut tonight for the Bradenton Marauders. The start was everything you’d want to see from the top pitching prospect. He went four innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and seven strikeouts. Cole finished with an unofficial 63 pitches, Pirates Prospects has learned, which is similar to his final Spring Training start, which saw him throw 65...

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Morton Shines In Indianapolis Rehab Start, But Tribe Lose 4-3

Charlie Morton dazzled the Columbus Clippers for 7 innings, but a 9th-inning rally gave the Clippers the walk-off win.  Morton pitched 7.2 innings and struck out 8 batters.  His sinker was working well for him, and he showed good control, walking only one batter.  He gave up just one run on 6 hits, though the late rally robbed him of the win. Morton started his night’s work in an enviable position, with two runs already in his...

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Lincoln Strikes Out Six In His First Win

The Indianapolis Indians have begun their season with a series win, taking two out of three games from the Toledo Mud Hens.  Brad Lincoln made a superb start for the Tribe today and earned his first win of the season, while his teammates gave him plenty of run support on a total of 11 hits.  DH Jeff Clement led the hit parade with 3 hits — two doubles and a single. Three Indians, SS Brian Friday, 2B Jordy Mercer, and C Kris...

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Walks Again Plague West Virginia in Loss

In the first three games of their season-opening series against Hagerstown, West Virginia pitchers walked 20 in 25 innings.  The same problem struck again, as Power pitchers walked six more over eight innings, with the walks playing a key role in most of the opponent’s scoring.  The wildness squandered a big day from Kirk Singer, who was seeing his first action of the year.  Singer had two doubles and four RBIs in four trips to...

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Extra-Base Hits Give Indians Their First Win

The Indianapolis Indians took advantage of a fistful of extra-base hits as well as 4 hits by 2B Jordy Mercer, to earn their first win of the 2012 season.  The Tribe needed to hold off a 9th inning rally by the Toledo Mud Hens, but in doing so, they participated in what turned out to be the longest 9-inning game ever played at Fifth Third Field in Toledo:  3 hours, 57 minutes. Toledo got going first, scoring one run in the bottom of...

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Allie Records Just One Out But the Power Win

Stetson Allie lasted just six batters in his West Virginia debut, retiring only one, but the Power prevailed over the Hagerstown Suns, 5-3.  Strong relief from Mike Jefferson, Jordan Cooper and Emmanuel de Leon, who combined to allow just one run over 8.2 innings, keyed the win. CONTROL PROBLEMS ABOUND After showing much-improved command during spring training, Allie suffered a flashback to his problems in 2011.  He walked the first...

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