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Cannonballs Coming: Strong outings by Liz, Brault

-- For the second day in a row, Indianapolis nearly blew a 6-2 9th inning lead against Norfolk, only to hang on for a 6-5 win.  After nearly losing the lead yesterday, Blake Wood had to get the last out today to rescue Josh Wall, although not before he let two inherited runners score.  Early in the season, Wood looked like a candidate for a callup, but he hasn't pitched especially well since about mid-May.  Radhames Liz got the win, giving up just an unearned run over six innings.  He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out six.  He wasn't especially efficient, throwing 99 pitches, but 69 were strikes.  Willy Garcia hit his sixth AAA HR, although he also fanned three times.  John Bowker hit his fourth HR and went 2-4.  Dan Gamache was 2-4 with a double.  Alen Hanson was out of the lineup for the second straight day.  Josh Bell went 1-4.

-- Steven Brault threw seven shutout innings as Altoona blanked Richmond, 2-0.  Brault gave up five hits and a walk, and fanned seven, while throwing 63 of 90 pitches for strikes.  Max Moroff provided one Curve run with his fifth HR.  The other scored when Stetson Allie, who was 2-3, doubled and Erich Weiss brought him in with a pinch-hit double.

-- Austin Meadows homered for the second straight day and went 3-4 as Bradenton got by Charlotte, 2-1.  Meadows' longball was his seventh.  Reese McGuire was 1-3 and Harold Ramirez 0-4.  Cody Dickson allowed the one run in six and two thirds innings.  He gave up only three hits, but walked four while striking out three.

-- West Virginia couldn't hold an early 5-0 lead and lost to Asheville, 9-8.  Elvis Escobar had three doubles in five at-bats.  Tito Polo also went 3-5, with one double.  Taylor Gushue was 2-4 and Connor Joe 1-2 with two walks.  Starter Austin Coley lasted only three innings, giving up three runs on six hits.

-- Morgantown lost to State College in ten innings, 2-1.  The Black Bears had nine hits, but went 0-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded eleven.  Casey Hughston went 2-5 and suddenly is hitting .241.  Kevin Newman was 1-5.

-- Carlos Munoz singled in a run in the top of the 9th to give Bristol a 6-5 win over Greeneville.  Mitch Keller made his second start of the season, giving up two runs on six hits in four innings.  He walked one and struck out five.  Munoz also had a double in five at-bats, and Trae Arbet was 2-4, both doubles.  John Bormann, Erik Lunde and Bealyn Chourio also went 2-4.

-- The GCL Pirates beat the Yankees1, 3-2, in what was supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader.  The second game was rained out.  The Pirates won the game in walkoff fashion in the 7th when Victor Fernandez doubled, Michael De La Cruz bunted him to third and the catcher threw the ball away.  Fernandez, Adrian Valerio and Edison Lantigua all went 2-3 with a double.  Ke'Bryan Hayes and Jhoan Herrera also went 2-3.  Nick Economos started and lasted four and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk.  He fanned five.  Stephan Meyer struck out two in a scoreless top of the 7th to get the win.

-- The DSL Pirates edged the Red Sox2, 2-1.  Argenis Romano threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and no walks while fanning five.  Mikkel Granberry went 3-4, and Felix Vinicio and Julio Gonzalez each went 2-4.