Light Hitting Night For Affiliates, Morris Pitches 5 Shutout Innings

GCL Yankees� 8,� GCL Pirates� 2 (box)

Rehabbing LF Wes Freeman had 2 hits and an RBI for the Pirates, and 3B Kevin Mort also drove in a run, but the Pirates’ pitchers could not contain the Yankees this afternoon.� The Pirates’ first run came in the 3rd inning, when Mort singled and stole second base.� Rehabbing C Eric Fryer walked, and a wild pitch moved both runners up a base.� Freeman drove in Mort with a line drive into center field for an RBI single.� They scored again in the 5th, when C Elias Diaz doubled and 2B Luis Solano singled.� Mort grounded to third, and the Yankees tried for a double play, but Mort beat the throw to first, while Diaz scored.

The loss went to starter Jarryd Sullivan, who gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and a walk, including 2 home runs.� The first 3 runs came in the 2nd inning.� A walk, a single, and a throwing error by Sullivan on a pick-off attempt brought in the first run.� An RBI double and an RBI single added a run each.� The two home runs, both solo blasts, came in the 3rd inning, and by then, the Yankees had a 5-1 lead.

Joan Montero finished the 3rd inning for Sullivan, then gave up 2 runs in the 4th on two walks and a double.� He gave up another walk in the 5th inning.� Bryton Trepagnier pitched two scoreless innings for the Power.� He gave up a single, then retired the next six batters he faced.� Sheng-Cin Hong pitched the final inning for the Power, and gave up a lead-off home run.

Another rehabber, CF Starling Marte went 0-for-4 at the plate.� Fryer was 1-for-2 with 2 walks, and Freeman was 2-for-4.

Erie SeaWolves� 2,� Altoona Curve� 0 (box)

After 12.5 scoreless innings, the SeaWolves finally sent everyone to bed after a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning.� The Curve pitchers combined to strike out an amazing 20 batters, and the Erie pitchers struck out 13 Curve batters.� Both Curve starter Bryan Morris and Erie starter Brayan Villareal struck out 8 batters each.

Morris pitched 5 scoreless innings and allowed only 2 hits in his first time back after having skipped a start.� The first batter Morris faced reached base on a fielding error by 1B Matt Hague. Morris retired the next 8 batters, then gave up the two singles back-to-back, before ending the inning with a strikeout.� The only batter he let reach first base in the next two innings was one who was hit by a pitch.

Dustin Molleken relieved Morris and pitched 3 scoreless innings.� He gave up 3 hits and struck out 6 batters.� Two of his hits were also back-to-back, in the 8th, but a strikeout got him out of that jam.� Mike Dubee pitched 4 innings, allowing one single and striking out 6 batters.

Meanwhile, the Curve hitters were not doing any better.� They all went down in order the first time through the lineup.� For the next 6 innings, when they put runners on base, they only had one on at a time.� 3B Josh Harrison led off the 4th with a single, but was erased in a double play.� C Kris Watts doubled with two outs in the 5th, and Harrison singled again with two outs in the 6th.� 2B Jordy Mercer was hit by a pitch in the 7th, and RF Miles Durham doubled in the 8th.� The 10th was the first inning in which the Curve put two runners on — Mercer singled and was bunted to second base by Watts, then Durham walked.� A strikeout and a ground out ended the inning.

Both teams went down in order in the 11th.� The Curve put two runners on again in the top of the 12th, when Hague was hit by a pitch and Watts was intentionally walked.� Both were left on base.� CF Anthony Norman singled and stole second base in the top of the 13th, but was, of course, left standing there.� In the bottom of the frame, Derek Hankins took over for Dubee.� Hankins got one out, then gave up a single.� That runner stole second base, which didn’t matter when the next batter, SS Cale Iorg, blasted a 2-run homer for the Erie win.

OF Gorkys Hernandez, who was hit on the hand by a pitch on Sunday, has a fractured right ring finger.� He’s going to miss the rest of this season.

Bradenton Marauders� 3,� Lakeland Flying Tigers� 1 (box)

Two runs in the bottom of the 8th broke a 1-1 tie to give the Marauders the win in Bradenton tonight.� Lakeland had scored a run in the 2nd inning on a double, a single, and a ground out.� That was the only run allowed by starter Aaron Pribanic, who scattered 5 hits and a walk over 7 innings of work, while striking out 5 batters.

The Marauders had only one batter reach base in the first 4 innings, and that was CF Austin McClune, who reached on a fielding error in the 3rd.� Their first two hits were back-to-back singles by 3B Adam Davis and C James Skelton in the 5th; a double play ended that inning.� RF Robbie Grossman also singled in the 6th inning.

The Marauders tied the score in the 7th.� Davis doubled and Skelton singled, moving Davis to third base.� DH Jordan Newton singled into right field, driving in Davis with the tying run.� In the bottom of the 8th, Grossman gave Bradenton the lead with a solo home run.� LF Quincy Latimore followed the home run by reaching base on another fielding error.� 1B Calvin Anderson doubled, pushing Latimore to third base.� An intentional walk to Davis loaded the bases with one out, in hopes of a double play.� The Flying Tigers got their double play, but it didn’t work out quite the way they wanted.� Skelton flied out to right field, and the right fielder threw the ball back to first base.� The first baseman threw to third and Anderson was caught in a run-down, but Latimore scored from third base on the tag-up.� Anderson was eventually tagged out, but the Marauders already had the insurance run in.

Diego Moreno pitched a scoreless top of the 8th, allowing one walk.� He was the pitcher of record when the Marauders scored in the bottom of the inning, and so earned his 4th win.� Noah Krol pitched a perfect top of the 9th, earning his Florida State League-leading 24th save.� (Isn’t it time to move him up to Altoona?)

Speaking of moving up — infielder Jose De Los Santos was promoted to Altoona, while infielder Shelby Ford was moved down to Bradenton.� Ford played second base for the Marauders tonight, and went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.

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