OWENS TRIBE PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Starting pitcher Rudy Owens has been named the Indianapolis Indians' Player of the Month for April. Despite earning just a single victory, Owens was spectacular over his four starts in the month of April, posting a 2.08 ERA (6 ER in 26.0 IP), 0.77 WHIP and amazing 19-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio. The lefthander's ERA was tied for the seventh-best in the International League during the month, while his league-best WHIP was also tied for the ninth-best in all of minor league baseball.
TWO HITS FOR HAGUE: 3B/1B Matt Hague went 2-for-3 with a run out of the three-hole in Saturday's win. It was Hague's fourth multi-hit game since making his Indians season debut on 4/16 after getting option by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
LOUISVILLE ON LOCKE DOWN: LHP Jeff Locke (3-1, 2.31) has certainly been no slouch at any point this season, but he has been especially dominant of Louisville in two starts against the Bats. On Saturday night, he tossed 7.0 shutout innings en route to the win while recording five strikeouts. Overall, he is 2-0 against Louisville. He has allowed only one earned run in 13.0 innings against the Bats, good for a 0.69 ERA, with seven hits, two walks and 11 strikeouts.
THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT NO BASERUNNERS: In his Indians season debut, RHP Evan Meek made quick work of the Louisville lineup while pitching the final two innings of the shutout win. Meek allowed one hit, a soft single by PH Miguel Rojas, while recording one strikeout.
ALTOONA CURVE Brandon Cumpton pitched five innings of one-run ball for his fourth straight win, and four different Curve players drove in runs as Altoona finished off a four-game series win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Curve are 13-16 in The Eastern League Eastern division.
SANTOS HURT OF Adalberto Santos, recovering from a knee injury, was on crutches in the clubhouse Sunday and said he expects to be out four to six weeks. He was leading the EL in hitting at .396 when he suffered the injury last week.
ALDERSON ON A ROLL: RHP Tim Alderson continues to excel for the Curve, throwing two more shutout innings Friday and another scoreless inning on Sunday, earning his third save. He hasn't been scored upon in 13 innings over seven outings.
A BAKER'S DOZEN: Despite not earning the win in the first game of the twinbill on Saturday, Nathan Baker vastly improved on his past few starts. Baker started the year 2-0 with an 0.82 ERA before losing his next three starts to see his record drop to 2-3 and his ERA inflate to 6.94. The Memphis, Tenn. native rebounded nicely against the Squirrels on Saturday with seven shutout innings while allowing just two hits and striking out a season-best six. In his two starts against the Squirrels in 2012, Baker is 1-0 with 13.0 scoreless innings.
BACK TO BLACK: Reliever Victor Black blinked with no margin for error in Thursday's series finale against Erie, allowing the only run in a 1-0 loss to the SeaWolves. The 2009 supplemental first-rounder surrendered the lone tally in the bottom of the eighth, opening the door to a Wolves win and series split. The run was just the third earned tally allowed by Black all season, and it didn't faze Curve manager P.J. Forbes who went back to Black in a tight game Friday. Despite allowing a run in the ninth, the Amarillo, Texas native clinched his first save of the year by finishing off the Squirrels in the Curve's series-opening 8-7 comeback win.
BRADENTON MARAUDERS For the second time in the last four nights the Marauders played beyond the 15 inning mark, winning a 7-6 thriller in 18 innings against the Tampa Yankees. Mel Rojas Jr. hit an RBI triple off Hector Rabago (L 0-1) to bring home Benji Gonzalez with an unearned run. Rabago started the game at third base and also played second before taking the hill. Josh Poytress (W 2-0) got the win for the Marauders with six innings of shutout baseball. The Marauders are 14-16 in the Florida State League South division.
The Long and Short of Things: The Marauders followed up the longest game in team history with their shortest game of the season. After falling 3-2 in a 16-inning 4:40 marathon against Charlotte on 5/3, they played a 2:01 game against Tampa on 5/4.
Strickland Throwing at Pirate City: Hunter Strickland pitched in a simulated game at Pirate City 5/6. Strickland has been on the disabled list since 4/23.
Marauders Don't Streak: The Marauders have not won more than two consecutive games or lost more than three consecutive games at any point this season.
WEST VIRGINIA POWER West Virginia fell 5-4 to Greensboro in ten innings on Sunday afternoon. The Power trailed 1-0 after three innings, but were up 3-1 after six and a half. The Hoppers scored three times in the seventh to take the lead, though West Virginia managed to tie the game back up in the eighth. Greensboro's Matt Smith drove in the winning run in the tenth on a single off of Jordan Cooper. The Power are 11-19 on the season. Garcia Showing Power: Outfielder Willy Garcia is second on the team with five home runs this season. Garcia has hit three home runs in his last five games.
Hanson Streak Stopped: Shortstop Alen Hanson's six-game hit streak was snapped on Saturday. Hanson now has two hit streaks of at least six games this season and is batting .381.
Two On a Roll: Jose Osuna and Kirk Singer will carry long hitting streaks into each of their respective next games. Osuna has hit safely in seven straight and 13 of his last 14. During this current seven-game run, the Power first baseman is batting .385 with ten hits over his last 26 at bats. Singer is hitting .318 over his last six games, all of which have seen the infielder reach by at least one hit. Singer has also driven in five runs over his last six games.
Calling It a Career: The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday that reliever Trent Stevenson has been placed on the Voluntary Retired List. The right-hander was a seventh round draft choice in 2009 and had made it as high as the South Atlantic League. Stevenson had been on the Power roster most of this season but was transferred to State College on April 28. The Arizona native had a career record of 2-10 over portions of four seasons with a combined 5.49 ERA.