Altoona Curve 2, �Portland SeaDogs �1 (box)
Rudy Owens allowed just 3 hits and one run over 7 innings, but could not pick up the win tonight. �Owens gave up a single in the top of the 1st, and erased that batter with a double play. �He retired the next 11 batters he faced in order, then gave up a 2-out single in the 5th. �That runner was left stranded, as Owens retired 6 more batters. �With two outs in the 7th, he gave up a solo home run, then got the final out of the inning.
The Curve got onto the scoreboard with SS Chase d’Arnaud’s first home run of the season, in the 3rd inning. They scattered four hits, including a double by CF Gorkys Hernandez, and three walks over the first 7 innings. �Their biggest threat came in the 6th, when walks to 1B Matt Hague and C Hector Gimenez and a single by 2B Jordy Mercer loaded the bases, but a fly out ended the inning without a run scoring. �Four straight singles, by 3B Josh Harrison, Hague, Mercer, and Gimenez gave the Curve the tie-breaking run in the 8th inning.
Dustin Molleken and Danny Moskos each pitched a hitless, scoreless inning of relief to finish the game. �Molleken walked one batter. �Moskos struck out two, and earned his 17th save of the season.
Gorkys Hernandez has been named to play in the Futures Game, which will be held on July 11th in Anaheim.
Bradenton Marauders �5, �St. Lucie Mets �2 � (Game 1) (box)
The good news is that C Tony Sanchez has also been named to play in the Futures Game. �The bad news is that he appears to have a fractured jaw, and likely won’t be able to participate. �Sanchez was hit in the face/jaw by a pitch in the 1st inning of Game 1, and had to leave the game. �He was taken to the hospital and did not seem to have a concussion, but further review of the x-rays by a specialist is needed, before determining what treatment is going to be needed.
After St. Lucie scored an unearned run in the top of the 1st on a fielding error, a passed ball, and a single, the Marauders came back with 2 in the bottom of the frame. �SS Greg Picart singled, and CF Robbie Grossman dropped down a sacrifice bunt. �A throwing error put Picart on second and Grossman on first. �Sanchez was hit by the pitch, and pinch-runner Eric Fryer took his place at first, loading the bases. �1B Calvin Anderson singled, scoring both Picart and Grossman, and Bradenton had a 2-1 lead.
St. Lucie tied the score briefly with a solo homer in the top of the 2nd, but the Marauders came right back in the bottom of the inning. �RF Austin McClune singled and stole second base, then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. �Picart’s single plated McClune, but Picart was caught stealing second base. �Grossman walked, and scored from first base when Fryer singled. �Bradenton added one more run in the 3rd. � LF Quincy Latimore led off with a double, Anderson singled, and a wild pitch allowed Latimore to score.
Starter Nate Adcock pitched 5.1 innings, and allowed the two runs in the first two innings. �He gave up 5 hits and 2 walks, with one strikeout. �Ramon Aguero finished the 6th for Adcock, and pitched a scoreless 7th, allowing just a single.
Mets �3, �Marauders �2 � �(Game 2) (box)
The Marauders had one hit over the first three innings, then scored 2 runs in the 4th inning on three doubles — by Robbie Grossman, Quincy Latimore, and Austin McClune. �Two walks, to 3B Adam Davis and C Andrew Walker, loaded the bases, but three base runners were left on base when the inning ended. �The Marauders loaded the bases again in the 5th, on a single by Latimore, Anderson being hit by a pitch, and a walk to McClune, but again all three were left on base.
Casey Erickson pitched 3 scoreless innings for the Marauders, and allowed only one hit. �He was relieved by Melkin Laureano, who pitched a scoreless 4th. �Matt McSwain, in his first appearance since joining the team out of extended spring training, came on to pitch the 5th. �He gave up a run on a double and two ground outs in the 5th, then retired the side in the 6th. �Noah Krol pitched the 7th inning, and he gave up a walk and a home run to the first two batters he faced, and so was charged with the loss.
State College Spikes �5, �Batavia Muckdogs �4 (box)
Two late-inning rallies gave the Spikes the win over Batavia. �Tyler Waldron made his pro debut with 3 innings of work for the start. �He retired the side in order in the 1st, and allowed a walk and a single in the 2nd but got out of the jam with a double play. �Three singles and an RBI ground out drove in 2 runs for Batavia in the 3rd inning. �Justin Ennis came on for the next 3 innings, and he also gave up 2 runs, both in the 4th inning on a hit batter and two singles. �Ennis gave up two more runs in his next two innings. �Eliecer Navarro pitched the final 3 games of the game for the Spikes, allowing only one hit.
The Spikes were scoreless for the first two innings, despite a walk and a stolen base by 2B Gift Ngoepe in the 1st, and DH Chase Lyles being hit by a pitch and then stealing second in the 2nd. �C Matt Skirving singled, moving Lyles to third, but both were left on base. �Three consecutive singles, by CF Justin Bencscko, Lyles, and LF Adalberto Santos drove in one run in the bottom of the 4th, and Skirving added a second run with a sacrifice fly, cutting the Muckdogs’ lead to 4-2.
SS Kelson Brown brought the Spikes one run closer in the 7th, when he tripled and scored on Skirving’s second single. �In the bottom of the 8th, with one out, Bencsko walked, and moved to second base on a wild pitch. �Lyles singled, bringing in Bencsko with the tying run. �Santos’ ground out moved Lyles to third base, and he scored from there on Brown’s single into right field, giving the Spikes the lead. �All that remained was for Navarro to keep the Muckdogs scoreless in the top of the 9th, and the Spikes had their second win.