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Cannonballs Coming: Kingham and Keller scuffle

Indianapolis and Bradenton were off, and Morgantown was rained out.

-- Altoona (56-45) edged Erie, 3-2.  Alex McRae gave up a lot of hits early, but settled down to go seven innings, allowing only one run on seven hits and a walk.  He struck out three.  Barrett Barnes (pictured) was 3-4 with two doubles, raising his average to an even .300.  Barnes is batting .462 in July, with ten doubles.  Edwin Espinal also went 3-4, ending a 6-for-42 skid.

Erich Weiss:  2-4
Harold Ramirez:  1-4
Reese McGuire:  0-4
Eric Wood:  1-4

-- Mitch Keller had a difficult start for West Virginia (51-49) against a weak Rome team.  He lasted only four and a third, but had some tough luck in the fifth.  He gave up a groundball single, got a ground out, and then induced a weak grounder to third that Logan Ratledge threw away.  The next batter hit a looper to right that looked catchable, but dropped for a single.  And that was all for Keller, although another run scored after he left.  He finished with four runs allowed, three earned, on six hits and two walks.  He struck out two.  The Power ultimately blew a two-run lead in the eighth and then lost, 7-6, in walkoff fashion in the ninth.  Casey Hughston, Ratledge, and Mitchell Tolman all went 2-5, with Hughston getting a triple and Ratledge a double.

Carlos Munoz:  1-1, 4 BB
Daniel Arribas:  1-4, BB, 3 K

-- Bristol (15-16) couldn't overcome an early 7-0 deficit and lost to Burlington, 9-6.  Starter Nestor Oronel gave up seven runs while recording only five outs.  Alexis Bastardo went 3-5.

Garrett Brown:  1-5, 3B
Adrian Valerio:  2-5

-- The GCL Pirates (12-15) lost to the Braves, 5-2.  Nick Kingham got hit around a little in a five-inning rehab start, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits.  He didn't walk anybody and struck out three.  Max Kranick threw the last three innings in his third career appearance.  He allowed an unearned run on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Non-prospect Henrry Rosario (I'm getting really tired of mentioning this guy, but he's half this team's offense) went 3-4 with a triple.

Edison Lantigua:  1-4
Yondry Contreras:  1-3

-- The DSL Pirates (16-27) scored four runs in the first before things went just a little bit awry, and they lost to the Yankees1, 17-5.  Some of the pitching could have been better.  Kevin Sanchez went 1-2 with a triple and three walks.

Christopher Perez:  2-4
Sherton Apostel:  0-5
Larry Alcime:  1-5, 3 K
Gabriel Brito:  1-1, 2B, BB