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Cannonballs coming: Some class A pitchers struggle

Indianapolis was off.

-- Altoona (68-55) won the completion of its game with Portland that was suspended two days ago, 2-1.  The game was stopped with the score 2-0, both runs coming on Barrett Barnes' fifth HR.  Tyler Eppler had walked the first batter in the first batter in the bottom of the fourth before the rains came.  That runner came around to score, so Eppler was charged with one run in three innings.  Miguel Rosario, recently promoted from Bradenton, followed Eppler and retired all nine batters he faced, although he did let Eppler's run score due to a wild pitch and sacrifice fly.  The Curve finished the game with only three hits.

The Curve lost game two by the same 2-1 score.  Cody Dickson took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth but allowed two runs.  He finished with a six-inning complete game, giving up six hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.  Altoona had five hits, with Barnes and Jin-De Jhang each going 1-3.

-- Bradenton (63-59) lost to Palm Beach, 8-6.  The struggling J.T. Brubaker failed to survive the first inning, throwing only 12 of 31 pitches for strikes.  He was charged with five runs in two-thirds of an inning.  Brubaker left with the bases loaded and Sam Street promptly gave up a grand slam.  Brubaker's ERA with the Marauders is now 5.90.  Street didn't allow any more runs, but he walked four and hit two in three and a third innings.  Kevin Kramer was 2-5 with a three-run HR, his fourth longball.  He's hitting .357 in his last ten games.  Christian Kelley was 2-4 with a double.  He's hitting 6-for-15 since moving up from West Virginia.

Tito Polo:  1-4
Connor Joe:  1-4, 2B
Pablo Reyes:  2-4, 3B

-- Casey Hughston led off with a HR for the second game in a row, but West Virginia (61-61) got destroyed, 12-4,  in the first game of its doubleheader with Lexington.  Gage Hinsz had a rough start, allowing eight runs on nine hits and two walks in three and two-thirds innings.  He struck out two.  Hughston's HR was his tenth.

Mitchell Tolman:  2-4
Logan Hill:  1-4
Daniel Arribas:  2-3
Seth McGarry:  1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 K (three inherited runners all scored)

The Power also lost game two, 2-1.  Taylor Hearn started and had trouble throwing strikes consistently.  He gave up a run in a 29-pitch first inning, then threw two scoreless innings.  In all, he threw 64 pitches, 36 of them strikes.  Hearn allowed one hit and two walks, and fanned four.  Tolman provided all the offense with his eighth HR.  West Virginia had only four hits.

-- Morgantown (26-32) won the first game of its doubleheader with Vermont, 5-1.  Cam Vieaux gave up a run in six innings.  He allowed three hits and no walks, and struck out four.  Will Craig went 1-2, but came out of the game after getting thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.  The injury appeared to be minor (sub. req'd).  Stephen Alemais (pictured) went 2-3, giving him six straight multi-hit games.  He was 14-for-27 in that stretch.

The Black Bears lost game two, 5-1.  Matt Anderson came out after a first inning in which he threw only 16 of 34 pitches for strikes.  He was charged with four runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman.  Alemais was 0-3.

-- Bristol (22-31) got a three-run HR from Jhoan Herrera in the first inning, but didn't score again in a 7-3 loss to Johnson City.  Herrera's HR was his fourth, and he also had a single and a double in four ABs.  Adrian Valerio was 2-4 with a double.  Nicholas Economos started and gave up three runs in five innings.

-- The GCL Pirates (20-26) lost to the Tigers West, 4-3, in ten innings.  Travis MacGregor allowed three runs on four hits in four innings.  He didn't strike out or walk anybody.  Hector Garcia made his second appearance following Tommy John surgery, throwing a perfect inning with two strikeouts.  Yondry Contreras hit his first HR.

Edison Lantigua:  1-4, BB
Brian Sousa:  3.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 BB, 3 K

-- The DSL Pirates (26-38) blew an 8-3, ninth-inning lead and lost to the Yankees1, 9-8.  Adonis Pichardo started and allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits in five innings.  He walked one and struck out three.  Kevin Sanchez was 2-3 with two walks and Eddy Vizcaino 3-4 with a triple, a walk and three RBIs.

Rodolfo Castro:  1-5
Samuel Inoa:  2-2, 2 BB
Larry Alcime:  0-4