Indy dropped a 2-1 decision, with JVB (7-4, 4.03 ERA) taking the loss, more the victim of non-support than bad pitching.
He went three innings, giving up two hits and striking out five. Unfortunately, one of those hits left the park. RHP Mike Thompson (4.74 ERA) went the first five innings, surrendering six hits and a run, walking one and K'ing one.
SS Brian Bixler (.284) had a pair of singles and an RBI. DH Ronny Paulino (.329), back in the lineup after a bout of bursitis, went 0-4 with three strikeouts.
> Altoona hung on for a 4-3 victory. LHP Kyle Bloom (5-7, 4.13 ERA) went seven shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out six. LHP Josh Shortslef (3.03 ERA) gave up a three run homer in the eighth, but shut Portland down in the ninth.
1B Jamie Romak (.225) went 1-2 with a double, two walks, and 2 RBI. CF Jose Tabata (.269) went 2-2 with a double, triple, two walks, and two runs scored. SS Angel Gonzalez (.287) had a pair of hits, including a double, and an RBI.
> Lynchburg had its modest two-game win streak stopped, 2-1, in ten innings.
RHP Brad Lincoln had a strong outing, going six innings and allowing a run on three hits while striking out seven. LHP Danny Moskos (6.18 ERA) pitched two scoreless innings of relief and allowed two hits. He struck out three. DH Brian Friday (.291) had two hits and a run.
> Hickory lost today 7-5 when LHP Wanell Macia (0-4, 6.21 ERA) gave up a five spot in the ninth inning, four runs scoring with two away. SS Silvio Pena booted a ball with two outs and a two run lead to keep Lexington alive. The next batter homered.
LF Erik Huber (.267) had three hits including his 11th HR and a double, with an RBI and two runs scored. SS Pena (.267) added a pair of knocks.
> State College lost 7-6, when a runner that reached on an error by CF David Rubenstein scored in the ninth. RHP Yoffri Martinez (2-3, 3.47 ERA) took the loss.
SS Chase d'Arnaud (.342), fresh off his All-Star appearance, had two hits with a double and 3 RBI. 2B Chad Rice (.240) had two hits, a walk, and two runs scored. C Mark Carver (.211) hit his first pro home run.
> Bradenton won 3-2 behind the arm of LHP Chris Aure (4.01 ERA), who pitched perfect ball over the final three innings, striking out four, to notch his second save. The win went to LHP Nelson Pereira (6-2, 1.76 ERA), who went four innings, giving up six hits, two runs, and striking out six.
1B Carlos Silva (.319) had two hits. LF Wesley Freeman (.100) doubled for his first hit and drove in a pair of runs. Aure and Freeman are high school kids drafted this year by the Bucs, Aure from Alaska and Freeman from California. Dude!