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Cannonballs coming: Brandon Waddell throws seven shutout innings

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Bradenton was rained out.

-- Indianapolis (40-34) dropped a 1-0 game to Buffalo.  The Indians wasted a strong start by Frank Duncan, who gave up just the one run on four hits and a walk in six innings.  He struck out seven and now has a 2.80 ERA in eight AAA starts after beginning his season in the AA bullpen.  Alen Hanson went 3-4 with a double, but the rest of the Indy lineup managed just four singles.  Others:

Max Moroff:  0-2, 2 BB
Josh Bell:  0-4
Jason Rogers:  0-3
Willy Garcia:  1-3
Austin Meadows:  struck out as PH
Curtis Partch:  2 IP, H, BB
Dovydas Neverauskas:  IP, H

-- Brandon Waddell (pictured) broke a string of rough starts with seven shutout innings as Altoona (41-31) blanked Bowie, 4-0.  Waddell allowed just three hits and a walk, fanned eight, and threw 55 of 83 pitches for strikes.  Reese McGuire and Eric Wood each went 2-4, with Wood connecting for his eighth HR.  Others:

Kevin Newman:  1-5, 2B
Edwin Espinal:  1-3, 2B
Harold Ramirez:  0-1
Edgar Santana:  2 IP, H, K, 15 of 18 pitches for strikes

-- West Virginia (36-35) stomped Asheville, 11-3.  Casey Hughston got a break from a very rough season, going 2-3 with his third HR, two walks, three runs and three RBIs.  Daniel Arribas went 2-4 with his seventh HR.  Dario Agrazal gave up ten hits in six innings, but held the damage to three runs.  He walked none and struck out two.  Others:

Mitchell Tolman:  2-5
Ke'Bryan Hayes:  2-4, 3B, 3 RBI
Carlos Munoz:  1-4, 2B
Sean Keselica:  2 IP, H, 4 K

-- Morgantown (6-2) lost to Staten Island in ten innings, 4-3.  Cam Vieaux threw four hitless and scoreless innings.  He walked two and struck out two.  The Black Bears allowed only three hits on the day, but three walks and two wild pitches by Yunior Montero brought in the game-ending run in the tenth.  Ty Moore, Kevin Krause and Chris Harvey each had two hits.  Others:

Sandy Santos:  0-4, 3 K
Will Craig:  1-4

-- Bristol (1-1) lost the continuation of yesterday's game with Bluefield, 9-4.  Nestor Oronel threw three scoreless innings before the game was suspended, allowing a hit and a walk, and striking out two.  Mike Wallace and Shane Kemp, both of whom struggled last year, both got bombed in relief.  Victor Fernandez was 2-4 with two doubles.  Others:

Garrett Brown:  1-5
Michael De La Cruz:  0-3, BB
Raul Siri:  1-4, 2B
Julio De La Cruz:  1-4
Adrian Valerio:  0-3, BB
Brent Gibbs:  0-2, BB

Bristol won the regularly scheduled game, 4-2.  Yoel Gonzalez was 2-3 with a double and a HR, which is a welcome sign given his struggles at the plate so far.  Valerio homered in three ABs.  Nick Economos started and allowed two runs over three innings.  He gave up four hits and two walks, and struck out four.  Geoff Hartlieb made his pro debut with two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and striking out two.  John Pomeroy, a hard-throwing draftee who had significant control problems in college, struck out the side in the ninth for the save.  Others:

M. De La Cruz:  1-3
Siri:  0-4
J. De La Cruz:  1-3, 2B

-- The GCL Pirates (1-0) won their opener, 3-1, over the Tigers East.  Brian Sousa (if you've studied, you know he was one of the better prospects coming up from the DSL) allowed just one hit and one run over five innings.  He walked one and struck out four.  Edison Lantigua was 3-4 with a triple.  Others:

Melvin Jimenez:  1-5
Felix Vinicio:  2-4
Yondry Contreras:  1-3
Victor Ngoepe:  1-3

-- The DSL Pirates (6-11) beat the Mets1, 6-3.  Yeudry Manzanillo allowed three runs, two earned, in four and two-thirds innings.  He gave up three hits and two walks, and struck out four.  Christopher Perez was 3-4.  Kevin Sanchez was was 2-4 with a double and a walk, and is now hitting .290.  Others:

Rodolfo Castro:  1-3, 2 BB
Sherten Apostel:  1-4, BB
Gabriel Brito:  1-3