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Cannonballs coming: Drew Hutchison has solid start

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In injury news (sub. req’d), Altoona placed left-hander Brandon Waddell on the seven-day DL with a forearm strain. No word on how long he’s expected to be out.

— Indianapolis (3-9) lost for the fourth straight time, and ninth in ten games, 6-5 to Durham in 11 innings. Drew Hutchison had his best start so far, allowing one run on five hits in six innings. Oddly, after putting up good BB and K numbers in his previous starts, which went poorly, he walked three and fanned only one in this one. He left with a 5-1 lead, but the bullpen failed to hold it. A.J. Schugel had another rough outing, allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Dovydas Neverauskas gave up two unearned runs to tie the game. He allowed a hit in an inning and a third, and struck out two. Max Moroff went 2-4 with a double and a walk, but also committed two errors at short. That left him with six on the season. Joey Terdoslavich, activated to replace Jose Osuna, went 2-5 with a double and three RBIs. Austin Meadows, apparently not sensing his opportunity, went 0-4 with a walk and three strikeouts. He’s now batting .146 with 13 strikeouts in 41 ABs.

Gift Ngoepe: 1-5, 2B
Elias Diaz: 2-5, 2B
Eric Wood: 0-5 (batting .158)
Angel Sanchez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K

— Altoona (8-4) beat Erie, 6-3. Starter Alex McRae gave up three runs in five and two-thirds innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out none. Kevin Newman was 2-5 and Edwin Espinal 2-4, each with a double. Kevin Kramer didn’t get much of a chance to extend his season-opening, ten-game hitting streak, going 0-1 with a walk and three hit batsmen.

Connor Joe: 1-3, BB
Jordan Luplow: 0-4

— Bradenton (9-4) lost to Clearwater, 4-2. Pedro Vasquez gave up just four hits and and a walk in five innings, but two of the hits were solo HRs. He struck out three. The Marauders had six hits and struck out 14 times. Will Craig was 1-2 with a double and two walks. Kevin Krause, who was the Florida State League Player of the Week for last week, sat out his second straight game. Instead, Alfredo Reyes, a weak-hitting utility infielder who posted a .525 OPS in low A last year, continues to play regularly in the outfield.

Mitchell Tolman: 1-4, 2B
Cole Tucker: 0-3, 3 K
Ke’Bryan Hayes: 1-3, BB

— West Virginia (6-7) won for the sixth time in seven games, beating Hickory, 8-3. Starter Oddy Nunez (pictured) threw four no-hit, shutout innings, walking one and striking out two. Nunez, a 6’5” left-hander, was a reliever in the GCL last year, throwing mostly about 88 mph. He’s throwing 91-93 now and won a spot in the Power rotation. His first two starts didn’t go well, although his problems in the second one resulted entirely from a long string of defensive miscues. His pitch limits figure to be pretty low this year, hence his departure after throwing just 44 pitches. Blake Cederlind followed and the defensive issues returned, with Hunter Owen and Trae Arbet each committing two errors. Cederlind allowed two unearned runs while giving up a hit and a walk. He fanned three. The Power offense continued to put up runs. (In case you’ve been watching Pirates games, that’s where a runner reaches home plate safely.) Carlos Munoz went 2-4 with his second HR and three RBIs. Hunter Owen left the game for a pinch runner after being hit by a pitch.

Ty Moore: 2-4, 2 2B
Stephen Alemais: 1-5, 3B