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Cannonballs Coming: Stephen Tarpley, WV Power dominate

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-Bristol was postponed.

-Indianapolis held on to beat Durham, 3-2. Josh Bell (pictured) hit a two-run single in the fourth and is now batting .371 in his last 10 games. Vance Worley allowed two runs in five innings, striking out two. Blake Wood struck out three batters in the ninth for the save but actually needed to record four outs thanks to his own wild pitch. Josh Harrison went 0-for-4 in his rehab appearance, while Jordy Mercer went 1-for-3.

-Altoona beat Richmond, 5-3. Jose Osuna, Erich Weiss, Jacob Stallings and Eric Wood all had two hits. Zack Dodson allowed three runs, one earned, over 5.2 innings, striking out six and walking four.

-Bradenton lost, 3-2, to Charlotte. Wyatt Mathisen homered, and Jin-De Jhang (who's now hitting .309/.345/.385, continuing a quietly strong season) went 2-for-4 with a double. Austin Meadows went 2-for-4. Clay Holmes made his ninth start this season and pitched 3.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking two.

-The West Virginia Power dominated against Hickory, 9-0. Stephen Tarpley pitched eight outstanding innings, only striking out two but walking none and getting 16 (!) ground-ball outs. The outing lowered Tarpley's season ERA to 2.14. Meanwhile, the Power piled up runs against the Crawdads and especially against reliever Shane McCain (a person's actual name -- I checked). Jordan Luplow hit his 11th and 12th homers of the year, Kevin Newman and Elvis Escobar each had three hits, and Michael Suchy went 2-for-5 with a triple. Connor Joe went 0-for-1, but walked four times.

-The West Virginia Black Bears fell to State College, 7-5. Christian Kelley, Daniel Arribas and Albert Baur had two hits apiece, and Logan Ratledge hit a three-run triple in the first inning.

-The GCL Pirates lost to the Astros, 5-3. They managed just six hits, two of them by Edison Lantigua, who had a single, a double and a walk. Starter Luis Escobar struck out seven batters while allowing one run over four innings. Nick Hutchings struck out four over two innings but took the loss by allowing an unearned run.

-The DSL Pirates lost 4-1 to the Tigers. Catcher Mikell Granberry had two hits. Ronny Agustin allowed three runs, two earned, over 4.1 innings, although he struck out six and walked two.