Ford Homers From Both Sides, Hughes With 7th Win

Altoona Curve �9, � Richmond Flying Squirrels �2 (box)

Jared Hughes earned his 7th win, the most of any pitcher in the Eastern League, as the Curve beat the Flying Squirrels in Richmond on Saturday evening. �Hughes allowed two runs (one earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 4 batters. �He breezed through the first two innings, then gave up the earned run in the 3rd, on a hit batter, a single up the middle, and an RBI ground out. �Hughes then retired 9 more Squirrels in order, before giving up a double in the 6th. �A ground out moved the runner to third base, and a throwing error by 3B Josh Harrison let the runner score. �Hughes allowed two singles and a walk in the 7th inning, but a double play got him out of that jam.

1B Shelby Ford provided the big part of the Curve’s offensive attack. �He went 3-for-5 for the night, with a single and two home runs, accounting for 5 RBI. �Ford homered from both sides of the plate — from the right side in the 4th and from the left side in the 7th. �Ford also singled in the 2nd inning, but was left stranded. �He put the Curve onto the scoreboard for the first time in the 4th inning, when he homered over the left field wall after a walk by RF Miles Durham. C Hector Gimenez also knocked a 2-run homer in the 5th inning, following 2B Jim Negrych’s single.

The Curve went into the 7th inning with a 4-2 lead, and that was when they exploded for 5 more runs. �SS Chase d’Arnaud led off with a walk, and moved to third base when CF Alex Presley singled up the middle. �Negrych plated d’Arnaud with a ground out to first base. �Gimenez singled to put runners on the corners, and Harrison’s ground out brought in Presley. �Durham was hit by a pitch, then Ford blasted his second home run, also bringing in Gimenez and Durham.

Relievers Mike Dubee and Danny Moskos each pitched a scoreless inning to finish the game for the Curve. �Gimenez and Durham each had two hits for the Curve. �D’Arnaud and Presley both singled and walked twice, with a stolen base for d’Arnaud.

Who was the last Curve batter to have 5 RBI in one game? �It was Ford, on August 8th of last season.

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Six Scoreless For Morris In Loss; Hughes Wins #6

Daytona Cubs �2, �Bradenton Marauders 1 (box)

Starter Bryan Morris pitched 6 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 4 Cubs’ batters. �Unfortunately he did not earn a win, as the Marauders lost in extra innings. � Morris had to work around a fielding error and a walk in the top of the 1st inning, but got out of the frame leaving two runners on base. �He allowed only one base runner over the next 4 innings, and that was a double to lead off the 4th. �Back-to-back singles began the 6th inning, and a sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, but Morris got a strikeout and a pop out to end that inning.

The Marauders were also held scoreless over the first 5 innings. �They had at least one runner on base in each of those innings, but base running errors erased two of the runners. � Four runners were left on base, two after singles and two after walks. �Finally in the 6th, Daytona starter Brooks Raley was relieved, and the Marauders got going. �With one out, four consecutive singles, by C Tony Sanchez, LF Quincy Latimore, 3B Jeremy Farrell, and 1B Calvin Anderson brought in one run, and the Marauders had a slim lead.

Casey Erickson took over for Morris to begin the 7th inning. �He retired the side in order in the 7th, but then gave up a run on a double and a single in the 8th to tie the game. �SS Brock Holt singled in the bottom of the 7th, but was left stranded. �They also went down in order in the 8th and 9th, and the game went into extras.

Noah Krol relieved Erickson to begin the 9th. �He gave up a lead-off single, but did not let that runner score. �Then in the top of the 10th, a walk, a stolen base, and a triple brought in the go-ahead run for Daytona. �The Marauders could not respond in the bottom of the inning, and Krol was charged with the loss.

This was Bryan Morris’ fourth straight start in which he did not allow an earned run. �That gives him 26 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. �Morris’s ERA stands at 0.66 — 3 earned runs over 40.2 innings.

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Morris Shines With 7 Shut-Out Innings

The Indy Indians have Cinco de Mayo as a scheduled day off, and the Bradenton Marauders have an early game:

Bradenton Marauders �5, �Palm Beach Cardinals �0 (box)

Bryan Morris continued his domination of the Florida State League this morning, with 7 scoreless innings of work. � Morris scattered 4 hits and a walk, while he struck out 6 batters. �He retired the first 8 batters he faced, before giving up lone singles in the 3rd and 4th innings. �Palm Beach got a runner as far as third base in the 5th, with a lead-off single and a stolen base. �The runner advanced to third base when C Eric Fryer made an error as he tried to throw out the runner trying to steal. �Morris walked the next batter, but then induced an inning-ending double play that kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. �Morris gave up another two-out single in the 6th, then retired the side in the 7th before sitting down for the rest of the game.

The Marauders’ bats were quiet for a few innings after SS Brock Holt’s lead-off double. �They got onto the scoreboard in the 4th when LF Quincy Latimore reached base on a two-out ground rule double. �3B Jeremy Farrell singled up the middle, and Latimore raced around from second base to score, giving the Marauders a 1-0 lead. �They added another run in the 5th, when 2B Greg Picart walked, moved to second base on RF Robbie Grossman’s ground out. �He scored when CF Starling Marte lifted a fly ball that just kept floating over center field, eventually landing in the deep part of the field.

Picart began another rally in the 7th inning. �With one out, he lined a single into right field. �SS Brock Holt doubled, and Picart scored all the way from first base. �Marte also singled, driving in Holt, to give Bradenton a 4-0 �lead, but the rally ended when Marte was thrown out trying to steal second base. �The Marauders added one final run in the 8th. �DH Tony Sanchez led off with a double, and he scored on Farrell’s single.

Diego Moreno pitched the last two innings of the game and allowed a hit in each of them, but left the runners stranded. �The win is Morris’s third of the season. �His 3-0 record leads the team, and his 0.78 ERA leads the whole Florida State League.

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Wins for Hughes and Morris, Moskos’ 5th Save

Altoona Curve �7, �Harrisburg Senators �4 (box)

The Curve staged two late-inning rallies to surpass the Senators’ late-inning rally, to begin this 3-game series with a win. �Altoona began the game by threatening in the top of the 1st. �SS Chase d’Arnaud led off with a single, but was erased when CF Gorkys Hernandez bounced�into a double play. �3B Jordy Mercer reached base on a throwing error, and 1B Matt Hague singled, but both were left on base when a ground out by 2B Josh Harrison ended the inning. �The Curve did get onto the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. �RF Miles Durham was hit by a pitch to start the inning, but was forced out at second base on LF Alex Presley’s grounder. �Presley was safe at first, and he moved on to third base when starting pitcher Jared Hughes doubled. �D’Arnaud brought both Presley and Hughes in with a triple into center field.

Hughes gave up a double to the first batter in the bottom of the inning, and a bunt moved that runner to third base. �After a walk, a tapper back to the mound got the lead runner trapped in a run-down on the third base line and tagged out. �But the next batter doubled, and one run scored. �Hughes gave up a single in each of the 3rd and 4th innings, but kept those runners from scoring. �He then retired the side in both the 5th and 6th innings. �Hughes left the game with the lead, allowing one run on 4 hits and 5 strikeouts over 6 innings.

The Curve were not scoring either in the middle innings. �Harrisburg starter Aaron Thompson retired 11 Curve batters in order from the end of the 2nd into the 6th inning. �Matt Hague reached base on an error in the 6th, and Josh Harrison followed with a single, but they were both left stranded, as was D’Arnaud who walked in the 7th. �The scoring picked up again in the 8th. �With two outs, three consecutive hits brought in 3 runs: �a single by Harrison, a triple by Durham, and a 2-run homer by Alex Presley. �It was Presley’s second home run in 10 days — half already the number he hit in 2009.

Dustin Molleken relieved Jared Hughes to begin the 7th, and he gave up a single to Harrisburg’s 1B Chris Marrero — but Gorkys Hernandez fired a perfect throw in from center field to Chase d’Arnaud covering second and Marrero was out trying to stretch it into a double. �In the 8th, Molleken gave up one run on a walk, a single complicated by a throwing error by Miles Durham, and an RBI grounder. �Then a 2-run homer gave Harrisburg 3 runs in the inning, matching the Curve. �Jordy Mercer kept the Curve well ahead, though, with his own 2-run homer in the 9th, also bringing in Hernandez, who had singled.

Danny Moskos relieved Molleken after the homer in the 8th, and he finished the inning with a walk and two strikeouts. �He gave up a single and hit a batter in the 9th, but held on to earn his 5th Save of the season. �Hughes took the win, his 4th of the season.

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Pitching Edition — Who’s Hot

Looking at the pitchers can be a little more difficult… �Who’s pitching well in the early weeks of the 2010 minor league season? �(* is the team high)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Team ERA 5.37 (last in the International League), 23 homers (most in IL), 137 strikeouts, 66 walks, 1.46 WHIP

Wil Ledezma – 0.00 ERA in 3.1 innings/4 appearances, one hit, one walk, 3 strikeouts, 0.60 WHIP

Corey Hamman – 1.50 ERA in 6 innings/4 appearances, one run, 6 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts, 1.50 WHIP

Jean Machi – 2.00 ERA in 9 innings/7 appearances, 2 saves*, �2 runs, 4 hits, 6 walks, 10 strikeouts, 1.11 WHIP

Both Brad Lincoln and Chris Jakubauskas have 2 wins. �Jeremy Powell leads with 28 hits allowed, 19 runs allowed, and 5 homers allowed. �Kevin Hart leads with 11 walks and 19 strikeouts.

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