Marauders On A Rampage

Richmond Flying Squirrels� 4,� Altoona Curve� 1 (box)

Curve starter Rudy Owens pitched 5 strong innings, allowing only a double and a walk, with 7 strikeouts.� But he was the hard-luck losing pitcher when he gave up a single and a 2-run homer in the 6th inning, amidst 2 more strikeouts.� Ramon Aguero relieved Owns to begin the 7th inning, and he gave up 2 more runs after recording 2 outs in the 7th inning.� He gave up a double, then threw a wild pitch on strike three of a strikeout, which brought in one run.� A walk and an RBI single brought in the second run in that inning.� Mike Colla pitched a scoreless 8th inning.

The Curve batters matched the Flying Squirrels with 6 hits, but only scored one run, which came in the 6th inning, and that run was by Owens himself.� He led off the inning with a double, moved to third on SS Chase d’Arnaud’s single, and scored when 3B Josh Harrison bounced into a double play.� C Kris Watts had the only base hit in the first 3 innings of the game for the Curve.� RF Brandon Jones singled twice, but did not score, and LF Yung Chi Chen also had a single for the Curve.

Lakewood Blue Claws� 7,� West Virginia Power� 6 (box)

The Power had the early lead, but lost the game when they surrendered 7 unanswered runs to the Blue Claws.� The Power posted 12 hits, with each member of the line-up but one recording at least one hit.� CF Evan Chambers did not have a hit, but he walked 3 times, scored a run, and provided an RBI.

The scoring began in the 4th inning, when 2B Jarek Cunningham singled and RF David Rubinstein doubled, plating Cunningham.� A throwing error on the play put Rubinstein on third base, and he came in on LF Rogelios Noris’ RBI single.� Noris went to second on a ground out, and scored on 3B Elevys Gonzalez’s single, and the Power had a 3-0 lead.� Cunningham’s 2-run homer after a walk by Chambers added 2 more runs in the 5th.� Chambers picked up an RBI in the 6th.� Singles by DH Jose Hernandez, C Jairo Marquez, and SS Benji Gonzalez loaded the bases for Chambers, who worked a walk for the RBI.

The Power had a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the 6th.� Phillip Irwin had pitched 5 shutout innings, and had allowed only a walk and two singles.� He’d struck out 9 batters, including striking out the side in the 4th.� He started the 6th inning with a ground out, but then had a batter reach on a fielding error, threw a wild pitch, and walked the next batter.� Irwin was relieved by Marc Baca. Baca gave up a cycle to the first four batters he faced:� a double, a single, a triple, and a home run.� Five runs scored, with 2 charged to Phillips.� Another single and a walk followed, and Baca was replaced by Maurice Bankston, who finished that inning.

The Power were still leading 6-5.� Bankston pitched two scoreless innings, the 7th and the 8th.� Eliecer Navarro came into the game to pitch the bottom of the 9th.� He gave up a single, a sacrifice bunt, and a 2-RBI double, to give Lakewood the walk-off win.

Williamsport Crosscutters� 1,� State College Spikes� 0 (box)

This pitching duel featured a total of 4 hits between the two teams — two hits each.� Unfortunately the Spikes were not able to make good use of their hits, not take advanage of two walks and an error by Williamsport.� The two hits came back-to-back in the 7th inning, both singles by LF Pat Irvine and DH Cole White. Both were left on base.� The only other time the Spikes came close to scoring was in the 3rd inning, when C Miguel Mendez walked, then CF Kyle Saukko reached base on a throwing error.� SS Gift Ngoepe bounced back to the mound, and the Williamsport pitcher threw home (again) to get Mendez out at the plate.

Zac Fuesser and Mitch Fienemann pitched 7 no-hit innings. Fuesser threw 4 innings and gave up 4 walks, with 4 strikeouts.� Fienemann walked one in his 3 innings, and that base runner represented the only run scored in the game.� The walk led off the 7th inning, and a fielding error by Ngoepe put the runner on third base.� A second fielding error, on the next play, by 2B Walker Gourley brought in the run for Williamsport, and it meant that Fienemann was charged with the loss.� Jhonatan Ramos gave up Williamsport’s only hits, a single and a triple in the 9th.� The batter who had singled was picked off first base, so the bases were clear when the next batter tripled.

GCL Phillies� 1,� GCL Pirates� 0 (5 innings)������ (box)

Rain shortened the game between the Pirates and the Phillies this afternoon.� They got in just short of 5 innings, and the only run belonged to the Phillies.� They scored in the bottom of the 2nd inning on a double, a ground out, and a fielding error.� Joely Rodriguez made the start for the Pirates.� He gave up a single in the 1st inning, then the run in the 2nd inning, surrendering the double with two outs.� Kevin Kleis relieved Rodriguez, and the fielding error occurred on the first batter he faced.� The inning ended when that runner was caught stealing second base.� Kleis retired the Phillies in order in the 3rd and 4th innings.� He had given up a bunt single and a walk, with one out, when play was halted in the bottom of the 5th.

The Pirates put their lead-off hitter on base in each of the first three innings.� CF Starling Marte began the game with a double, but was thrown out trying to steal third base.� RF Gregory Polanco singled to begin the 2nd, and he stole second and third bases, but was left standing on third.� 2B Kevin Mort led off the 3rd with a single, and he also stole second, but was left on base.� C Elias Diaz also singled in the 4th (not lead-off) and was left stranded.

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