Remember to tune in to ESPNews on Sunday afternoon after 2 pm (Eastern), to see Harrisburg’s Stephen Strasburg pitch against the Altoona Curve. �They have said that they will only show the half innings when Strasburg is on the mound, but that means we get to take a look at the Curve batters.
On to Saturday evening’s games:
Altoona Curve 1, �Harrisburg Senators 0 (box)
These two teams took a scoreless tie into the bottom of the 10th inning, but the Curve came out on top with their third win of the season. �That was when 2B Josh Harrison led off with a single through the hole into left field. �C Kris Watts dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Harrison to second base, and LF Jim Negrych walked. �LF/RF Jose De Los Santos was the hero of the night, with his RBI double into left field to bring Harrison home with the only run of the game.
Prior to that inning, the Curve had only managed two hits. �RF/1B Miles Durham singled in the bottom of the 1st inning, and 3B Jordy Mercer walked, but both were left on base when the inning ended. �Senators’ pitcher Tom Milone retired the next 16 Curve batters in order, has he pitched 6 scoreless innings. �The Curve batters managed two walks off Harrisburg reliever Rafael Martin in the 7th inning, but again they were both left stranded. �Mercer singled in the 9th inning, but was forced out at second on a grounder.
The Curve pitching staff were keeping up with their Harrisburg counterparts. �Tim Alderson made his first start of the season and threw 5 scoreless innings. �He gave up two singles in the top of the 1st, but CF Gorkys Hernandez’s throw in to 2B Josh Harrison was in time to force out the lead runner at second base. �Alderson scattered a walk and two more singles over the next three innings, and then retired the side in order in the 5th. �He also struck out two batters. �Reliever Derek Hankins took over for Alderson to begin the 6th inning. �Hankins pitched 2 innings and gave up 2 walks, with one wild pitch, but did not allow a run to score. �Ronald Uviedo took the next two innings, and he walked just one batter then erased him with a double play. �Danny Moskos came on to pitch the top of the 10th inning and retired the side in order. �Moskos was the pitcher of record when De Los Santos hit his walk-off double in the bottom of the inning, so he was credited with the win.
Bradenton Marauders 18, �Fort Myers Miracle 3 (box)
The Marauders began their inaugural season in the Florida State League with a hit-a-thon, as they posted 16 hits on their was to 18 runs. �Two 7-run innings took care of most of the scoring and sent the Ft. Myers’ pitching staff scrambling. �Each member of the Bradenton lineup except one had at least one hit, and most had two hits. �1B Calvin Anderson did not have a hit, but he walked twice and came around to score. �LF Quincy Latimore went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI singles. �RF Robbie Grossman had a 3-run homer, and 3B Jeremy Farrell contributed 7 RBI with a 3-run homer in the 7th inning and a grand slam in the 4th. �CF Starling Marte singled and doubled, walked, and scored 4 times. �C Tony Sanchez had two RBI singles.
The scoring started with Latimore’s homer in the bottom of the 2nd. �Singles by Latimore and Grossman, plus an error by the Miracle and a passed ball added two more runs in the 3rd. �The 7-run 4th inning followed, as the Marauders sent 11 batters to the plate. �Grossman’s homer and Farrell’s grand slam, plus a wild pitch with the bases loaded accounted for those 7 runs. �Marte’s double and an RBI single from Sanchez tacked on a run in the 5th. �The 7th was the second 7-run inning, as the Marauders sank the Miracle with two walks, four singles, a wild pitch that allowed a run to score, and Farrell’s 3-run shot.
The Pirates and Rays were rained out this afternoon, and the Indy Indians’ game originally scheduled for today had already been cancelled. � So instead, we’ll take a look at a couple more pitchers.
Danny Moskos was another first round pick for the Pirates, taken in the 2007 draft. �The southpaw pitcher had tried both starting and relief roles at Clemson University, and after he signed, Moskos began his pro career with 13 relief appearances in the lower levels of the Pirates’ system. �He accumulated one save and a 3.55 ERA in 15.2 innings. �He advanced to A+ Lynchburg for the 2008 season, where he made 20 starts, which generally did not go well. �In 89.2 innings, he gave up too many hits (107) and runs (67), and did not strikeout out many. �In the last part of the season, Moskos was moved to the bullpen, where he did fare better. �In 9 relief outings, he pitched 20.2 innings, allowing 17 hits and 6 runs for a 2.61 ERA. �That all added up to a 7-7 record and a 5.95 ERA for 2008. � �The South Carolina native returned to the starting rotation for the Altoona Curve in 2009. �After a one-inning relief appearance in which he allowed one run on two hits, Moskos made 3 starts in April, and allowed 10 more runs on 20 more hits for a 5.94 ERA. �He was up and down in May. �There was a start with 6 shutout innings on May 8th, and two starts in which he allowed one run over 6 and 6.1 innings. �But then there was an ok start with 2 runs in 5 innings, and two poor starts — 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings, and 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. �His ERA for May wound up a 3.31. �Moskos was charged with the loss in his best start in June, on the 21st, when he gave up one run on 7 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings. �He allowed 11 runs on 29 hits and 9 walks over 24.1 innings for the rest of June, for a 3.68 ERA for the month.