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Cannonballs Coming: Volstad does it all

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-- Chris Volstad (pictured) gave up one run in seven innings and drove in four runs as Indianapolis beat Lousiville, 8-1.  Volstad gave up five hits, walked none and fanned five.  At the plate, he had a pair of doubles in four at-bats.  Radhames Liz threw a scoreless inning, striking out two.  He gave up three groundball singles, but stranded the runners.  Elias Diaz was 3-5 with his fourth HR.  Josh Bell also went 3-5, raising his AAA average to .352.  Travis Snider went 2-4 and is hitting .407 at Indy.  Keon Broxton was 2-5 with a triple.

-- Altoona edged Trenton, 3-2.  Chad Kuhl went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks.  He struck out one.  Andy Vasquez hit his third HR.  Barrett Barnes and Jacob Stallings each went 2-3.

-- Bradenton dropped Fort Myers in 11 innings, 5-3.  Tyler Eppler gave up just an unearned run in seven innings.  He allowed six hits, walked none and struck out four.  After missing the early part of the season, Eppler has quietly put up a 2.58 ERA through a dozen starts and two relief appearances, with a 1.09 WHIP.  Montana DuRapau uncharacteristically blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the 10th, but the Marauders got two in the 11th.  Chris Diaz went 3-4 with a triple and three RBIs, Justin Maffei 3-6 with a double, and Trace Tam Sing 2-5 with a double.  Austin Meadows had a double in five at-bats.  Harold Ramirez was 0-5 and Reese McGuire 0-4.

-- West Virginia beat Augusta, 5-1.  Alex McRae gave up a run in six innings.  He gave up five hits and a walk, and struck out four.  Kevin Newman went 1-4 with a walk and a two-run triple.  Francisco Diaz was 2-3.  Kevin Kramer was 0-4 with a walk.  He's 0-for-11 since his promotion.

-- Morgantown lost to Mahoning Valley, 6-1.  Starter Dario Agrazal gave up two runs over five innings.  The Black Bears had only five hits.  Ke'Bryan Hayes didn't play.

-- Bristol survived a seven-run inning by Pulaski to win a wild one, 10-9.  Jordan George went 4-4 with two doubles.  Nick Buckner and Sandy Santos each went 2-5 with a double and a triple, and Buckner drove in four.  (Santos is an interesting player.  He's 21 and didn't start his career until he was 19, which is old for a Dominican player.  After two years in the DSL, he skipped the GCL.  He's batting .266 and slugging .492.  His walk rate is good, but his K rate is scary at one every three at-bats.)  Raul Siri went 3-5, and Erik Lunde and John Bormann each 2-4.  Starter Trey Supak began well, with four shutout innings, but got knocked out in the seven-run 5th.  He went four and two-thirds, and was charged with four runs on six hits.  He walked one and struck out two.  After the game, the Pirates promoted Carlos Munoz to Morgantown.  (H/t PiratesProspects.com.)  The Black Bears have a good chance to make the playoffs, so Munoz should get a decent amount of time with them before their season ends.

-- The GCL Pirates broke their eleven-game losing streak by beating the Yankees1, 4-3.  Sam Kennelly had the big blow, a three-run HR, his first career HR.  Michael De La Cruz was 1-3 and Adrian Valerio 1-4.  Ike Schlabach gave up two runs in four innings, allowing three runs and two walks, and striking out two.  Chris Plitt threw the last four innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk.  He struck out two.