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Cannonballs coming: Farm teams win a pair of blowouts

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— Drew Hutchison recovered from a rough start to throw five innings as Indianapolis (5-12) won for just the third time in their last 15 games, 4-2, over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Struggling with his control — he ultimately needed 98 pitches to go five — Hutchison gave up two runs in the first. After the first two batters reached in the second, one of them on an error, he recovered to strike out the side. He then retired the side in order the next three innings. In all, he gave up two hits and two walks, and fanned five. Cody Dickson, Johnny Barbato and Edgar Santana then combined for four perfect innings in relief. The offense managed seven hits, with Chris Bostick, who’s been about the only decent hitter on the team so far, went 2-4.

Max Moroff: 0-2, 2 BB
Austin Meadows: 1-4
Elias Diaz: 1-4
Gift Ngoepe: 1-3, BB

— Some of the stats from Altoona’s (9-7) game with Akron would make you think surely the Curve won. They outhit Akron, 9-3. They also drew four walks, while their pitchers fanned 15. But an inability to plate runners (sound familiar?) and a fourth-inning control meltdown by Yeudy Garcia led to a 6-1 loss. Garcia started off looking like he’d turned things around. After walking the leadoff hitter, he retired nine straight, fanning seven of them. And he got two strikeouts after the first two batters reached in the fourth. But then he walked two, forcing in one run, and served up a grand slam. That ended his day after three and two-thirds innings, with five runs allowed on just two hits. He walked four and fanned nine. The offense, meanwhile, went about stranding runners, scoring only when Kevin Newman and Michael Suchy hit back-to-back doubles. Buddy Borden and Sean Keselica fanned another six in four and a third innings of relief.

Newman: 1-5
Kevin Kramer: 2-5
Jordan Luplow: 1-4
Wyatt Mathisen: 1-3, 2B, BB

— Bradenton (10-8) pounded Jupiter, 11-2. Every player in the lineup had a hit. Logan Hill was 3-5 with a double and three RBIs. Casey Hughston (pictured) hit a three-run HR, his first longball of the year. Trace Tam Sing went 2-4 with a double and his first HR. Pedro Vasquez threw six shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk, with two strikeouts.

Mitchell Tolman: 1-5
Christian Kelley: 1-3, BB
Ke’Bryan Hayes: 2-5, 2B

— West Virginia (8-10) dropped the first game of a doubleheader with Lakewood, 2-1. James Marvel had a good start allowing just one run in five and a third innings. He gave up five hits and a walk, and fanned five. The offense managed just four hits, two by Alexis Bastardo.

Stephen Alemais: 1-3, BB

The Power bounced back with a 12-1 rout in the second game. Oddy Nunez had his second straight strong start. His pitch limit appears to be 65, due to his very limited experience, but he allowed just a run on three hits and a walk over four innings. He fanned six. Nunez’ first two starts went badly, but the second one was entirely the product of horrible defense. He’s worth watching. Carlos Munoz and Trae Arbet each went 2-3 with three RBIs. Munoz had his third HR and a walk, Arbet a double. Chris Harvey also drove in three.

Ty Moore: 1-2, 2 BB
Hunter Owen: 2-3, 3 R