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Cannonballs coming: Keller and Escobar strong, Hutchison not

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West Virginia was off and the DSL Pirates' game with the Indians was suspended in the second with no score.

-- Drew Hutchison continued to look nothing like the pitcher the Pirates claim to think he is, as Indianapolis (64-68) lost to Columbus, 3-1.  Hutchison gave up three runs on four hits and five walks in five innings.  He struck out six and took 94 pitches to make it that far.  In five starts since the trade, Hutchison has allowed 28 hits, five of them HRs, and 12 walks in 26.2 IP, with 22 strikeouts.  His ERA is 5.40.  A.J. Schugel followed Hutchison and threw three scoreless innings, allowing a hit and no walks, and striking out four.  Schugel had a couple of bad outings when he was sent back down, but in his last six outings he's allowed no runs or walks, and three hits, in 9.2 IP, with 11 strikeouts.  Austin Meadows' fourth AAA HR accounted for the Indy offense.  He finished 1-3 with a walk.  The rest of the team managed only two hits, both by Jacob Stallings.

Max Moroff:  0-4
Jose Osuna:  0-3

-- Montana DuRapau blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth, giving up two runs as Altoona (70-59) lost to Harrisburg, 4-3.  Starter Cody Dickson gave up just a run on four hits and two walks in five innings.  He fanned six, but needed 97 pitches.  Edwin Espinal hit a two-run, pinch-hit double to put the Curve ahead in the eighth.  Chris Stewart caught the whole game, going 1-3 with a walk.

Erich Weiss:  2-5
Eric Wood:  1-5

-- Bradenton (67-60) lost to Jupiter, 6-1.  Austin Coley gave up four runs, three earned, in four innings.  The Marauders had only five hits.  Jordan Luplow was 2-4 with his eighth HR.

Cole Tucker:  1-4
Tito Polo:  0-4
Kevin Kramer:  0-3, BB
Connor Joe:  0-3, BB

-- Mitch Keller threw five shutout innings as West Virginia (66-62) beat Lexington,  6-4.  Keller allowed just three hits and two walks, and struck out seven.  It was his fourth straight scoreless outing.  He threw 90 pitches, which is probably why he didn't stay in longer.  He left with a 4-0 lead that Yunior Montero quickly blew.  Jess Amedee struck out five in two and a third innings, including three after he had runners on second and third with no out.  Every hitter in the Power lineup had one hit except Carlos Munoz, who had two, and Casey Hughston, who had none.

Mitchell Tolman:  1-3, BB
Logan Hill:  1-4

-- Morgantown (30-34) beat Williamsport, 6-2.  Luis Escobar (pictured) threw six shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk.  He fanned eight and needed just 76 pitches.  Albert Baur was 2-3 with a walk and a three-run HR, his third HR of the year.  Will Craig was 2-4.

-- Bristol (24-36) gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth but hung on for a 6-5 win over Johnson City.  Starter Nicholas Economos threw five shutout innings, allowing six hits, walking none and striking out five.  Victor Fernandez and Adrian Valerio each went 3-5.  Fernandez is hitting .319.  Raul Siri and Michael De La Cruz each had two hits.

-- The GCL Pirates (20-31) lost to the Yankees East, 6-3.  Max Kranick went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits.  He didn't walk anybody and struck out four.  Kranick isn't striking out a ton of hitters, but he's walked only two in 30.2 IP.   Brian Sousa followed Kranick and allowed four runs in two innings.  Andrew Walker was 2-4 with a double.

Edison Lantigua:  0-3, BB
Yondry Contreras:  1-4, 2B