The Curve (0-2) lost another nailbiter this time 2-0 in Erie. Altoona pitcher William Hughes went six strong no hit innings and gave up no runs for the Curve against Erie. He struck out four batters. Hughes left the game with no run support from his team however. Shawn Nottingham took the loss as the left hander walked one, gave up two hits and two runs.
The Curve knocked out seven hits on the night including the usual suspects DH Jose Tabata with a double in four at bats, 2B Jim Negyrch had a single and no errors on the night. CF was played by James Boone who also had a hit.
Indianapolis (0-2) got off to a rough start and after two walks by Jimmy Barthmaier and an apparent injury, he was taken out of the game. Ty Taubenheim made the most of an opportunity. He was promoted from rookie ball in Bradenton when Brian Slocum was put on the DL. He came in and threw five innings giving up one hit and two runs (one earned) as he walked two batters in the fourth and had a wild pitch. He finished with four strikeouts.
In the bottom of the fourth, Andrew McCutchen led off with a double. Brian Bixler laid down a bunt single and Cutch scored on a Jeff Salazer single that was lined to left field.
Chris Bootcheck came on in the sixth and struck out two of the first three batters he faced. He gave up his only hit to Dusty Ryan in the seventh. He struck out three Mud Hens and gave up only that one hit over his two innings.
In the bottom of the seventh, Neil Walker hit his first homer of the spring a solo shot of EL All Star Casey Fien for Toledo (the only hit given up in 2IP) which tied the score at 2-2.
Denny Bautista replaced Bootcheck in the bottom of the eighth. He quickly got one out on a pop out to Indians catcher Robinzon Diaz. Brent Cleven then hit a sharp single up the middle. Bautista struck out Mike Hessman for the second out, but Clevlen stole second. A wild pitch put Clevlen on third and Bautista issued a walk followed by a Wilkin Ramirez single. which scored Clevlen. He then got former Pirate Don Kelly to line out to LF Salazer.
The Indians wouldn’t go quietly in the bottom of the eighth as Andy Phillips singled to right field. Diaz sacrificed Phillips to second. McCutchen got an infield single and Phillips moved to third. Bixler struck out. Cutch stole second before Salazer worked a walk on Freddy Dolsi (who had 42 appearances for the Tigers last season) bringing to the plate Garret Jones who flew out to center to end the rally. Jones was 0-for4 and struck out twice from his clean up spot in the order.
Bautista started off the ninth with a strikeout, single, walk, another strikeout and an infield single and then walked in a run. He then got Clete Thomas looking to end the inning. Bautista ended up with 2IP, 4hits, 2ER, 3BB and 4K. He threw 47 pitches in two innings.
Trailing 4-2 the Indians would send Walker, Steve Pearce and Larry Broadway to the plate in the bottom of the ninth against Scott Williamson. Walker flew out, Pearce popped out and Broadway went down swinging.
Lynchburg (2-0) rolled 14-7 against Potomac. The Hillcats rolled up 17 hits and nearly everyone helped the offensive juggernaut on a warm spring night. Potomac made it close with four runs on four hits in the top of the ninth.
1B Matt Hague was 4-for 5 with an RBI while DH Ray Chang drove in three runs in the bottom of the second.
Catcher Kris Watts was 2-for3 with 2 walks, a double and a home run for 3RBI. Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs while going 0-for-5. Alvarez had two fielding errors.