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Cannonballs coming: Austin Meadows heating up

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Bradenton was off.

-- Indianapolis (25-24) got blanked by Rochester, 7-0.  Frank Duncan struck out eight in his fourth AAA start, but he lasted only four and a third innings.  He allowed four hits and two walks, resulting in three runs, one of which scored after Kelvin Marte entered the game.  Duncan also hit a pair of batters.  Kyle Lobstein came on in the seventh and gave up four runs, although three of them were unearned.  He allowed no more runs over three innings total, giving up four hits and a walk, and striking out four.  The Indians' offense did little with Rochester starter Jason Wheeler, managing only five singles and no walks in eight innings against him.  Jason Rogers was 3-4.  Others:

Max Moroff:  0-4
Adam Frazier:  1-4
Josh Bell:  2-4
Willy Garcia:  0-3
Alen Hanson:  0-3

-- Austin Meadows went 3-3 with a walk, his first HR of the season and three RBIs as Altoona beat Bowie, 9-4.  Meadows started slowly after returning from an orbital fracture.  Through May 12, Meadows was 8-for-54 (.148).  In his last eight games, he's 14-for-28 with four doubles, a triple and a HR.  He also stole two bases in this game, giving him five in the four-game series and eight on the year.  And he robbed Quincy Latimore of a three-run HR, so it was a good day.  Jonathan Schwind added his second HR and a double in four at-bats.  Tyler Eppler had his second straight rough start, giving up four runs and nine hits in five innings.  He also walked three and threw only 53 of 90 pitches for strikes.  He fanned four.  The Bowie starter hit Jose Osuna after Meadows' HR, the third batter he'd hit in the game.  That led to the ejection of both managers.  No word yet on whether Tony LaRussa visited the Altoona radio booth.  Others:

Harold Ramirez:  2-5
Jin-De Jhang:  2-5, 2B
Barrett Barnes:  2-5
Jared Lakind:  2 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K
Dovydas Neverauskas:  2 IP, 2 K (last 12 outings:  16.2 IP, 2 H 0 R, 4 BB, 17 K)

-- West Virginia (26-24) lost to Lakewood, 6-1.  Dario Agrazal got hit hard, giving up six runs on a dozen hits, three of them HRs, in five innings.  He walked one and struck out three.  Mitchell Tolman provided all the offense with his third HR.  Others:

Tito Polo:  1-4, 2B
Ke'Bryan Hayes:  0-3 (batting .214 in May)
Daniel Arribas:  1-4
Carlos Munoz:  2-4
Logan Hill:  0-3, BB, 3 K