Durham’s Grand Slam Sparks Curve; Marte Back With A Homer

State College Spikes� 6,� Mahoning Valley Scrappers� 4 (box)

Both 1B Matt Curry and RF Cole White went 3-for-3 tonight as the Spikes held on for the win, despite late-inning rallies by the Scrappers.� Curry singled in both the 1st and 4th innings, but did not score either time.� White was hit by a pitch in the 2nd but was forced out at second base.� Then he led off the 5th inning with a single, and moved to second base on C Matt Skirving’s sacrifice bunt.� 3B Kelson Brown also singled, and CF Mel Rojas doubled both of them in, to give the Spikes a 2-0 lead.

Curry led off the 6th inning with his third single and he stole second base.� DH Chase Lyles walked, and both runners moved up a base when SS Walker Gourley grounded out.� White’s second hit of the game brought Curry home.� Then Lyles stole home while White stole second base, and the Spikes had increased their lead to 4-0.� Both Curry and White reached base in the 8th inning, when the Spikes added another two runs.� Curry led off with a walk, Lyles singled, and Gourley sacrifice bunted the two into scoring position.� White’s third single drove in both runners.

Zack Von Rosenberg pitched 4 scoreless innings in his start.� He gave up 3 hits and a walk, and struck out 3 batters.� He also hit a batter, and made an error on a pick-off throw to first. He had two runners on only in the 4th inning, with the walk and a single, but got out of the inning with a timely double play.� Zack Dodson relieved Von Rosenberg to begin the 5th.� He threw 2 scoreless innings, but got into trouble in the 7th with two lead-off walks.� A passed ball moved the runners to second and third, and the lead runner scored (unearned) on a round out.� After a strikeout and a third walk, Ryan Beckman relieved Dodson and finished the inning.� Beckman gave up two runs int he 8th, on a hit batter, a walk, an RBI single, and an RBI ground out.� That cut the Spikes’ lead to 6-3.� Jason Townsend gave up another run in the bottom of the 9th, with a one-out single, a walk, and an RBI single.� But that last runner was thrown out by Skirving as he tried to steal second base, ending the rally and the game.

GCL Pirates� 10,� GCL Yankees� 4 (box)

CF Starling Marte returned to action in his rehab work for his left hand, and was back with a bang.� Rehabbing C Eric Fryer led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a walk, and Marte followed by blasting a 2-run homer.� The Yankees had a solo homer in the top of the 2nd, but the Pirates came right back with 2 more in the bottom of the frame.� LF Exicardo Cayonez was hit by a pitch and DH Elias Diaz walked.� SS Jorge Bishop grounded into a force out at second (Diaz out), then Cayonez and Bishop pulled off a double steal, with Cayonez scoring.� Bishop scored on an RBI single by 3B Kevin Mort.

The Yankees’ starter hit two more batters with a pitch in the 3rd inning: Marte, to lead off, and 2B Luis Solano later in the inning.� Marte stole second, and rehabbing RF/CF Wes Freeman walked, then Marte and Freeman did the double steal.� Solano loaded the bases when he was hit, and Cayonez walked, forcing in Marte.� Freeman scored on a wild pitch.� Back-to-back home runs by Diaz (3 runs) and Bishop (solo, of course) gave the Pirates 6 runs in the inning, and a 10-1 lead.

Yerfi Taveras gave up that Yankees’ home run in the 2nd, then another solo homer in the 4th.� He began the 5th with three singles for one run.� He was replaced by Dinesh Patel, who walked a batter to load the bases, then a sacrifice fly brought in another run (charged to Taveras).� A ground out ended the inning.� Barrett Phillips earned the win with 3 scoreless innings.� Phillips gave up one single and had a batter reach on a fielding error, but got out of the inning with a double play.� Dovydas Neverauskas pitched the 9th inning, giving up a lead-off double, then retiring the next three batters.

Fryer went 0-for-3 at the plate, with a walk.� Marte was 1-for-2 with the home run.� Freeman went 1-for-3 with a walk.

West Virginia Power � 8, �Hagerstown Suns �4 (box)

LF Rogelios Noris and RF Jose Hernandez both homered and Hernandez, 1B Aaron Baker, and CF David Rubinstein all collected 2 hits as the Power took the first game of the double header from the Suns. �The Power scored 3 runs in each of the 2nd and 3rd innings. � Noris’ 3-run homer got the Power onto the scoreboard in the 2nd inning, after Baker walked and Rubinstein singled. �In the 3rd, 3B Elevys Gonzalez led off with a triple and Hernandez homered. �Rubinstein reached base on a fielding error after the home run, then stole second base. �He scored on the second fielding error of the inning.

The Power added two more runs late in the game. �In the 5th (that’s “late” in 7-inning double header games), three consecutive singles by Hernandez, Baker, and Rubinstein plated Hernandez. �2B Jarek Cunningham began the 7th with a single, advanced to third on Baker’s second single, and scored on an RBI ground out by Rubinstein.

Brett Lorin pitched 4 innings in his start for the Power. He gave up only 2 hits, and those were a single and a home run in the 2nd inning. �Lorin also walked 2 batters and struck out 4. �Elicier Navarro earned his first win with the Power, pitching the last 3 innings. �He allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th, on two singles, a sacrifice fly, and a triple, but ended the inning and the game when he got a strikeout with runners on the corners.

Suns �9, �Power �3 (box)

The Suns took out their frustrations in the night-cap, scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and knocking Quinton Miller, just up from State College, out of the game. �Miller gave up two singles, then got a fly out. �Then a triple, a fielder’s choice without an out, and another single brought in two runs. �After a strikeout, Miller surrendered another triple, a 2-run homer, and a walk, and at that point, he was sent to the showers. �Mike Williams came on in relief, and got out of the inning when C Jairo Marquez threw out that last batter/runner trying to steal second base. �Williams pitched 4 more innings and gave up 2 runs in the 3rd on two singles and a double. �Maurice Bankston pitched the final inning for the Power, and allowed only a walk.

The Power scored one unearned run in the top of the 1st inning, when Jarek Cunningham reached third base on a fielding error in center field. �He scored on Jose Hernandez’s RBI ground out. �They scored again in the 5th, also aide by an error. �Marquez led off with a single and reached third base on Elevys Gonzalez’s double. �Both runners scored when CF Evan Chambers reached base on a fielding error at shortstop.

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