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Altoona Outfielder Adalberto Santos

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INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Tribe hurlers Rudy Owens and Doug Slaten combined for 8.0 shutout innings and the Indianapolis Indians had a 2-0 lead going into the final frame, but Louisville pinch hitter Daryl Jones smacked a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Bats a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Louisville Slugger Field. The Indians are off to a 7-9 start in the 2012 season.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: Indianapolis experienced an offensive resurgence on Saturday afternoon in Louisville after struggling at the plate through the second half of the Tribe's first homestand ... Six positional starters for Indianapolis had at least one hit, while three batters -- OF Starling Marte, 2B Anderson Hernandez and 1B Jeff Clement -- had two hits and 3B Matt Hague picked up three base knocks ... The Tribe also collected a season high five doubles on Saturday as Marte, Hague, Clement, RF Brandon Boggs and 1B Miles Durham, who took over as a defensive replacement for Clement in the eighth inning all collected two-baggers for the Tribe ... The one-through-four spots in the Indians lineup combined to bat .500 (10-for-20) in Saturday's win with four doubles, six runs and seven RBI.

RADIANT REYES: After struggling in one appearance out of the bullpen (0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K), Tribe starter Jo-Jo Reyes has sparkled in two starts, going 2-0 and lowering his ERA from 45.00 to 6.00 to 3.27.

THE BULLPEN THAT WON'T BEND: Indianapolis got another outstanding outing from its relief corps in Saturday afternoon's win as RHP Bryan Morris and RHP Jose Diaz combined for 4.0 innings of one-hit, one-run baseball. Ironically, Morris gave up the run without allowing a hit in 3.0 innings, walking one batter and recording one strikeout ... Diaz gave up one hit and recorded one strikeout in 1.0 inning of work

ALTOONA CURVE: A five run eighth capped by an Adalberto Santos bases-clearing double broke a 3-3 deadlock to help the Curve to an, 8-3, victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Sunday afternoon. The Curve are 7-8 on the season.

HE'S HEATING UP: Catcher Tony Sanchez has been making loud contact at the plate as of late and its starting to show in the stat sheet, with his average rising to its current spot at .282. Sanchez has successfully hit in four of his last five games and three of those have been multi-hit games. On Friday night, the Miami, Fla. native went 2-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs.

HE'S ON FIRE: Outfielder Adalberto Santos is locked in at the plate right now, going 9-for-13 over his last two games, including a three-run double on Sunday and af our-hit effort on Saturday. In his last 10 games, Santos is hitting .469. Santos spent all of 2011 with the Bradenton Marauders and batted .314 with 22 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 49 RBI in 105 games.

TOUGH GLOVE: The Curve's early-season defensive struggles reared their heads again on Friday night versus Richmond as the club committed four errors, tying a season high. They added three more on Sunday. With the four errors on Friday night, Altoona now has a total of 25 errors.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS: The High Class A Marauders are off to a 7-9 start entering play on April 23, 2012.

STRIKLAND TO DL: Hunter Strickland, who was struck on his right hand by a line drive Saturday, has been placed on the 7-day DL. Zach Foster has been added from Altoona to replace Strickland.

Singles Batting Cleanup: Alex Dickerson had 14 hits on the season, but no extra-base hits, before he hit his first home run of the season and a double on Sunday.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER: The Low Class A Power are off to a 5-12 start in the South Atlantic League Northern Division.

HANSON HOT: SS Alen Hanson continues to swing a hot bat. Hanson is batting .400 on the season and is tied for the team lead with four homeruns. He leads the team in hits, doubles, runs, stolen bases and at-bats.

ALLIE BACK: After being sent to extended spring training following a rough start in his first outing of the season, RHP Stetson Allie was recalled to West Virginia this week. He should make a start sometime this weekend.

POLANCO FLASHES GLOVE: CF Greg Polanco has gotten off to a quick start. Polanco has made flashy plays in center field, and is yet to commit an error. He also is batting .294 and is tied with Hanson for the team lead in home runs with four.

BELL UP AND DOWN: The second-round pick of the 2011 draft and RF Josh Bell has been a bit inconsistent to begin the season. Bell is still second on the team in RBIs (11), but is only batting .269.

ZAC ATTACK: Following a poor start to open the season, LHP Zachary Fuesser has settled down. In his last two starts combined, Fuesser has 8 innings pitched and has only allowed one earned run and four hits.

HOME COOKING: The Power went 1-6 on the opening road trip of the season, but responded with a 4-2 home stand. West Virginia is currently 5-9 and will return home Tuesday, April 24, after a brief four-game trip in Charleston, S.C.

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