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West Virginia was off.

-- Chad Kuhl allowed just one run over six innings as Indianapolis (16-15) beat Syracuse, 3-1.  Kuhl allowed four hits and three walks, struck out three, and threw 66 of 92 pitches for strikes.  He got ten ground outs and two fly outs.  Kuhl also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, which means he'll have to work on not clogging the bases.  He left with a 1-0 lead, but Guido Knudson quickly blew it, retiring only one of the four batters he faced.  Cory Luebke got two outs, one on a strikeout, to strand two runners.  The Indians got two in the eighth and the bullpen held this time.  Alen Hanson (pictured) went 3-5 and Willy Garcia 3-3 with a walk.  Others:

Adam Frazier:  1-5
Josh Bell:  0-5, 3 K
Jason Rogers:  0-2, 3 BB
Max Moroff:  0-5, 2 K
Trey Haley:  IP, BB, 2 K
Rob Scahill:  IP, 2 K, Sv

-- Altoona (16-17) edged Trenton*, 5-4.  Clay Holmes didn't pitch well, but didn't struggle as much as in some other starts.  In five and a third innings, he gave up four runs, two of which scored after he came out.  Holmes gave up eight hits and two walks, struck out three, and threw 57 of 90 pitches for strikes.  Josh Smith allowed both of the runners he inherited to score, but gave up no runs of his own in two and two-thirds innings.  He allowed two hits and a walk, and fanned four.  Dovydas Neverauskas pitched a perfect ninth for the save.  Neverauskas hasn't allowed a run in his last six outings.  In 8.2 IP, he's given up just one hit and two walks, and fanned eight.  Harold Ramirez was 3-5 and is now 11-for-26 in his last seven games, raising his average to .269 after a very slow start.  Eric Wood and Jonathan Schwind each went 2-4 with a double.  Others:

Erich Weiss:  1-4, 3 K
Reese McGuire:  1-3
Barrett Barnes:  0-3, BB

*Trenton is sort of a graveyard for overhyped Yankee prospects.  Their lineup currently includes Dante Bichette, Jr., Tyler Austin and Cito Culver, none of whom is doing well.  They also have failed White Sox first rounder Jared Mitchell.  I'm guessing somewhere there is a Yankee blog where fans are arguing that the Yankees should trade a couple of these guys for Gerrit Cole.

-- Bradenton (15-17) lost to Fort Myers, 5-2.  Starter Colten Brewer had a rough first inning that included two walks, a hit batsman and 33 pitches thrown, but managed to last five and a third.  He gave up four runs on five hits and two walks, and fanned six.  Bradenton didn't score until the ninth.  Kevin Newman went 3-5 and is now batting .355.  Others:

Jordan Luplow:  0-4
Connor Joe:  1-4, 3 K