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Cannonballs coming: Tarpley and Keller hang in there

-- Chad Kuhl had another strong start as Indianapolis (23-22) beat Rochester, 5-2.  Kuhl gave up a solo HR in the first and no other runs in seven innings.  He allowed six hits, walked nobody, fanned seven and threw 63 of 97 pitches for strikes.  Cory Luebke gave up a run on a triple and a groundout in the eighth, then threw a scoreless ninth.  He allowed just the one hit, fanned three and threw 18 of 23 pitches for strikes.  Josh Bell was 2-3 with a walk.  Others:

Gift Ngoepe:  1-5
Max Moroff:  1-4, 2B
Adam Frazier:  1-3, 2B
Alen Hanson:  0-3 (now hitting .246)
Jason Rogers:  1-3, BB
Willy Garcia:  1-3, 2B, BB

-- Altoona (25-20) rallied for three runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Akron, 3-2.  Erich Weiss won the game with a walkoff two-run, pinch-hit single.  Austin Meadows also had a big pinch hit in the inning.  David Whitehead's start was fairly typical of him; he's not easy to hit but still can't find the plate.  He allowed one unearned run and only one hit in five and a third innings, but he walked five.  Whitehead struck out two and threw just 46 of 90 pitches for strikes.  Others:

Harold Ramirez:  1-4
Barrett Barnes:  0-3, BB
Dovydas Neverauskas:  IP, 2 K

-- Stephen Tarpley (pictured) recovered from a shaky start to go five innings in Bradenton's (24-22) 6-3 win over Jupiter.  Tarpley got through a 22-pitch first inning unscathed, but after the Marauders scored four in the top of the second, he began struggling with his control.  He gave up three runs in the bottom half, taking 26 pitches.  After that, though, he threw three scoreless innings on 35 pitches.  Overall, Tarpley gave up five hits and two walks, hit two batters and struck out four.  Jerrick Suiter and Connor Joe each went 2-5.  Kevin Newman came out for a pinch runner after being hit by a pitch.  Others:

Newman:  1-3, 2B, BB
Jordan Luplow:  1-3
Luis Heredia:  2 IP, H, 2 BB, K

-- Mitch Keller also recovered from a rough start, but West Virginia (23-23) lost to Columbia, 4-2.  Keller gave up two doubles and a HR to the first three batters he faced, but lasted six innings and allowed just one more run.  He allowed five hits overall, walked one and fanned six.  Ke'Bryan Hayes went 2-4 with his fifth HR.  Others:

Cole Tucker:  1-4, 2B
Logan Hill:  0-4