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Cannonballs coming: Huge day for Jacob Stallings

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

-- Jacob Stallings (pictured) drove in seven runs as Indianapolis (26-24) beat Rochester, 9-3.  Stallings went 4-4 with a double and two HRs, his second and third on the year.  He missed out on a cycle by hitting the ball too far his last time up.  The outburst was much-needed.  Stallings came into the game hitting 190/236/260.  Now he's hitting 221/264/356; not great, but not at the basket case level.  Chad Kuhl got hit around a little, but gave up only two runs in five and a third innings.  He allowed seven hits, walked none and fanned seven.  Jason Rogers and Alen Hanson hopefully got their bats going again.  Rogers was 2-3 with a walk and his fourth HR.  Hanson was 2-5 with a triple.  Others:

Max Moroff:  0-4, 3 K
Adam Frazier:  0-3, BB
Josh Bell:  0-4
Willy Garcia:  2-4, 2 2B
Curtis Partch:  1.2 IP, H, 2 K

-- Altoona (28-22) got hammered, 11-4, by Akron, which now has a 36-15 record.  David Whitehead continued to be overwhelmed by AA, allowing six runs in three and a third innings and throwing only half his pitches for strikes.  Harold Ramirez, Austin Meadows and Jose Osuna were all 2-5, with Osuna getting a double and triple.  Meadows is now up to 283/352/443.  Others:

Erich Weiss:  0-5
Reese McGuire:  1-4, 2B
Stetson Allie:  2-4, 2B
Barrett Barnes:  2-3, 3B, BB
Edgar Santana:  2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 K

-- Bradenton (28-23) lost to Palm Beach, 3-1.  Starter Alex McRae went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits.  He walked none and struck out five.  The Marauders had only six hits, two each by Jerrick Suiter and Elvis Escobar.  Cole Tucker went 0-4 in his second game at high A.  Others:

Kevin Kramer:  1-4, 2B
Taylor Gushue:  0-4
Connor Joe:  0-3

-- Mitch Keller had another strong start as West Virginia (27-24) beat Lakewood, 6-1.  Keller went six innings and threw 56 of 83 pitches for strikes.  He gave up a run on three hits and a walk, and fanned six.  Tito Polo! continued his strong recent hitting, going 2-4 with a triple and his 17th steal (but with 8 CS).  On the season he's now hitting 303/372/497.  (Like another guy we know, Polo bolsters his OBP by getting plunked; so far this year he has nine walks and nine HBPs.)  Polo won't turn 22 until August, so he's only slightly old for a prospect at that level.  On the other hand, a 4:1 K:BB ratio isn't helpful.  Others:

Mitchell Tolman:  2-2, 2B, BB
Daniel Arribas:  1-3
Carlos Munoz:  2-4
Daniel Zamora:  2 IP, H, 3 K
Julio Eusebio:  IP, BB, 3 K