State College Spikes 7/31 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the first of three reports on the minor league teams. Sunday July 31 — State College Spikes The Spikes don’t have a lot of interesting prospects but they have been winning of late. Following are some observations from the one...

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Tribe Falls To Mud Hens In Ohlendorf’s Rehab Start

Toledo Mud Hens  4,  Indianapolis Indians  2 [ box ] Two runs in the bottom of the 7th by the Mud Hens broke a 2-2 tie, and the Hens hung on for the win at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.  The Indians out-hit the Mud Hens 8-7, but they couldn’t come up with any runs after the 1st inning.  Tribe starter Ross Ohlendorf made his third rehab start and took the loss, though he bested his previous outing by going into the 7th inning...

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West Virginia Game Recap: 8/8/11

West Virginia’s offense broke out tonight, scoring six runs in the 4th inning but couldn’t hold on to a 7-3 lead against Lakewood due to some poor pitching from a very unlikely source. The Power lost 10-7 and the two teams split the four game series with the Power taking the first and third games. Eliecer Navarro got the start tonight despite not being listed as the starter. As I said last night, I saw Porfirio Lopez get...

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Indians Work Around Season-High 10 Walks; Wood Saves #23

Indianapolis Indians  2,  Toledo Mud Hens  1 [ box ] Most pitching duels don’t involve a lot of bases on balls.  This contest between the Indians and the  Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH, included 10 walks — all by the Indians’ pitchers. That total is the most number of walks in a game for the Indians this season. Toledo’s Thad Weber  pitched a complete game, which began with 5 scoreless innings. ...

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Indians Fall Despite 13 Hits

Toledo Mud Hens  11,  Indianapolis Indians  5 [ box ] The Indianapolis Indians posted 13 hits this afternoon at Victory Field, but that wasn’t enough to beat the Toledo Mud Hens, who scored 11 runs on 14 hits.  Every member of the Tribe’s starting line-up had at least one hit,  while 1B Matt Hague, DH Jeff Clement, and 3B Josh Harrison had two hits each.  Rehabbing Jose Tabata went 1-for-4 at the plate and played 5 innings...

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West Virginia Game Recap: 8/7/11 Taillon Start

For the second time this season I had a chance to see Jameson Taillon pitch in Lakewood. Back on June 9th he threw 4 shutout innings allowing just one base runner which came off a broken bat single in what he told me was his best pitch he threw of the night. Tonight in Lakewood, just under two months later he looked like a totally different pitcher as the Power won 4-3 in comeback fashion. Taillon still had the same velocity as last...

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