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Cannonballs coming: Stephen Alemais goes deep twice

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— Indianapolis (4-9) stopped their four-game losing streak with an 8-5 win over Durham. Tyler Eppler had his third good start. He gave up a two-run HR in the second inning — the first runs he’s allowed on the season — but that was all in six innings. He allowed six hits, walked none, fanned three and threw 59 of 86 pitches for strikes. Danny Ortiz went 3-4 and Jason Rogers 2-4 with his third HR. After slugging just .392 in last year’s power outage, he’s now slugging .590 in the early going, so maybe he’s turned things around. Unlikely Adam Dunn clone Max Moroff added his fifth HR. He’s now got an interesting line of 224/309/612, with 19 Ks in 49 ABs. He has ten hits, nine of them for extra bases. Rogers’ and Moroff’s HRs came off one of Tampa Bay’s top prospects, Brent Honeywell.

Austin Meadows: 1-4
Chris Bostick: 2-5, 2 2B
Eric Wood: 0-3, BB
Pat Light: IP, 2 H, K
Dan Runzler: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, BB
Edgar Santana: 1.1 IP, K, Sv

— Altoona (9-4) beat Erie, 8-3. J.T. Brubaker allowed three runs on seven hits over five and two-thirds innings. He walked two and struck out four. Jordan Luplow, Edwin Espinal and Michael Suchy each went 2-4, Luplow and Espinal with doubles. The bullpen pitched through some control problems, as Sean Keselica and Buddy Borden combined to throw just 36 of 73 pitches for strikes, but they still managed three and a third scoreless innings.

Kevin Newman: 1-4, BB
Wyatt Mathisen: 1-4

— Mitch Keller had a solid start for Bradenton (9-5), which lost to Clearwater, 3-2. Keller gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out four. Alfredo Reyes went 4-4. Cole Tucker stole his 11th base in 12 tries while going 1-3 with a walk.

Mitchell Tolman: 2-4, 2B, BB
Will Craig: 1-4, 2 K
Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0-4

— Luis Escobar gave up four runs in the second inning, but otherwise continued missing lots of bats as West Virginia (7-7) evened its record with an 8-5 win over Hickory. The Power lost their first six games to start the season. Escobar went five and two-thirds, allowing the four runs on seven hits. He walked one and fanned nine, leaving him with 32 strikeouts in 16.2 IP. Hector Garcia followed Escobar with two and a third scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and struck out another six. The Power bats remained hot, with Stephen Alemais (pictured) connecting for his first two HRs. He was 2-5 overall. Since starting the season 0-for-10, Alemais has gone 9-for-25 (.360) with two doubles, two triples and two HRs. Despite the slow start, he’s hitting 257/333/600 overall. He’s missed five games so far, so his shoulder may still be something of a problem.

Trae Arbet: 2-5, 2B
Arden Pabst: 2-4