Bucs Minor League Notes

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Indianapolis Indians Just one day after being no-hit by three Tribe hurlers, Durham held the Indianapolis Indians to just two hits, led by starter Matt Torra who began the game with seven straight hitless frames before surrendering a lead-off single to Tribe shortstop Jordy Mercer in the top of the eighth as the Bulls went on to snap their 13-game losing streak with a 1-0 win on Monday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Tribe is now 12-11 on the season.

No-hitter by the numbers: LHP Justin Wilson threw 107 pitches (72 strikes) to 23 batters in Sunday's no-hitter, retiring 14 straight Bulls between a second-inning walk to OF Kyle Hudson and an eighth-inning walk to OF Jeff Salazar. It was the deepest Wilson had pitched into a game since going 8.0 on 8/14/2010 as a member of the Double-A Altoona Curve. His nine strikeouts were also the most since posting a career-high 11 in that same game. He now ranks fourth in the International League with 31 strikeouts. Wilson shaved a run-plus off of his season ERA, lowering it to 3.00 . Righty reliever Jose Diaz threw five pitches, all strikes, to induce a pair of flyouts to end the eighth inning. Diaz hasn't allowed a hit in three straight outings nor a run in four straight outings. Lefty reliever Doug Slaten continued his excellence, inducing three straight groundballs in the ninth inning to finish off the no-hitter. Slaten extended his scoreless streak to 11.2 innings. He has allowed only one hit in his past 7.2 innings. His ever-shrinking ERA is down to an incredible 0.69. Slaten has now earned saves in back-to-back outings. It was the Tribe's first no-hitter since Ian Snell blanked the Norfolk Tides on 5/15/2005. It was the second no-hitter thrown in the minor leagues this season: Class-A Greensboro's Jose Fernandez, Greg Nappo and Kevin Cravey combined for one on 4/24. It was the third no-hitter in all of baseball in 2012, following the combined effort by Greensboro and Chicago White Sox hurler Philip Humber's perfect game against the Seattle Mariners on 4/21.

Wilson IL player of the week: With his effort in Sunday night's no-hitter, Tribe starter Justin Wilson was named the International League Pitcher of the Week for April 23-29. Despite suffering a loss in his other start during the week on April 23 in Louisville, Wilson's mastery on Sunday night earned him the honor. Wilson was the first Indians player to win an IL Player of the Week Award since RHP Jeremy Powell took home the award for the week of May 3-9, 2010 when he went 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA over two starts.

Marte mash: OF Starling Marte launched a third-inning solo home run in Sunday's win, his second of the season. Marte now has 11 extra-base hits (six doubles, three triples, two home runs), giving him a .500 slugging percentage

ALTOONA CURVE Three days in Akron, three one-run losses for the Curve. The Aeros rallied with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie game one of the clubs' getaway day doubleheader, scoring the game-tying run on a Kyle Cofield wild pitch to draw even. Six innings later, even after the Curve had taken a lead in the top of the 12th and relinquished it in the bottom half, the Aeros grabbed victory on an RBI single by Michel Hernandez. In game two, it was a wild pitch again sinking Altoona. Duke Welker uncorked a wild one in the bottom half of the seventh inning to bring Ryan Rohlinger in from third base and send the Curve to a three-game series sweep at the hands of the Aeros. Altoona is now 2-8 this season away from Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Razor thin: Entering their three-game series at Akron on Friday night, the Curve had played exactly two one-run games while 13 of their first 18 contests this season were decided by three runs or more. In Akron, though, one-run haunted the Curve. The Aeros took game one by a tense 2-1 final on Friday night and then, after a Saturday washout, reasserted themselves as division-leaders with back-to-back walk-off wins of the one-run variety on Sunday, knocking off Altoona 4-3 in 13 innings in the opener and 3-2 in the finale. The Curve are now 1-4 in one-run contests.

King for a day: After missing out on the Curve's series in Akron, Altoona manager P.J. Forbes will not be with the team for the series opener in Erie due to some back issues. In the interim, hitting coach Ryan Long will manage the club with assistance from GCL Pirates skipper Tom Prince, in town this week. Forbes hopes to rejoin the team in Erie this week.

Sizzling Santos: After being held hitless on Thursday, Adalberto Santos was right back at it on Friday, notching two hits in four trips for the Curve's opener at Akron. The Bronx, N.Y. native had hit in five straight games to the tune of a .579 average (11-for-19) with four doubles, seven RBI, 3 walks and six runs scored before being blanked on Thursday. Santos got the nod for Sunday's opener and responded with a 2-for-6 contest. The league's leading hitter now that he qualifies with enough plate appearances per team game, Santos enters Monday's opener with the SeaWolves as the only Eastern Leaguer batting over .400 at .404.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS The Marauders are 10-13 in the Florida State League South Division entering play on Monday.

Taillon pitcher of the week: In the wake of his best start of the season, Jameson Taillon has been named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for the week of 4/23-4/29. Taillon was 1-0 with 11 innings pitched, six hits allowed, and 10 strikeouts to just two walks. Taillon did not allow a run in either of his two starts.

Miller Time: Quinton Miller has successfully converted all three of his save opportunities this season. Miller had only one career relief appearance coming into the season. Two of his three save opportunities have required him to record more than three outs.

The Gift of Power: Gift Ngoepe homered twice at Charlotte Friday night. Ngoepe entered the game with only four professional home runs. He hit two last season in an injury-shortened year at West Virginia. Ngoepe's homers were also the first two on the road for the Marauders this season.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER The Power have a record of 7-16 in the South Atlantic League's North Division.

Lashmet hot: Third baseman Chris Lashmet extended his hit streak to seven games on Friday. Lashmet is now batting .333 on the season and has become the everyday third baseman.

Hanson stopped: Shortstop Alen Hanson's 16-game hit streak came to an end on Friday. Hanson is batting .385 this season, and holds the team lead in home runs (4), hits (35), doubles (9), triples (3) and RBIs (13).

Benedict hot hurler: Starting Pitcher Matt Benedict continues to excel. Benedict has a team-best 0.84 ERA through four starts this season.

Bell has surgery: Pirates' 2011 second-round pick and RF Josh Bell had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Friday and hopes to return to WV later this season.


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