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Cannonballs coming: Trae Arbet hits fourth HR

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Indianapolis and Bradenton were both off.

— Altoona (10-7) topped Erie, 3-1, in 12 innings. Starter Alex McRae gave up one run, on a solo HR, over six innings. He allowed six hits and didn’t walk or strike out anybody. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.99 in four starts. The Curve continued to struggle on offense, generating little for seven innings. They finally got on the board without a hit in the eighth, thanks to a walk and two errors, but also got runners thrown out stealing in the eighth and ninth, and botched a sacrifice attempt in the 12th. The Curve were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position until Pablo Reyes hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the 12th. Reyes also scored Altoona’s other run. Miguel Rosario and Tate Scioneaux each threw three scoreless innings in relief. Scioneaux fanned four and got the win. Kevin Newman went 0-5 and is in a 4-for-24 slide.

Kevin Kramer: 2-5, 3 K
Connor Joe: 1-3, 2 BB

— West Virginia (8-11) lost to Charleston, 6-5. Blake Cederlind (pictured) made his first start of the season. He was last year’s fifth round draft pick out of junior college, but his debut was cut short by forearm tightness. He was still on a limited pitch count, probably of about 65, and likely will be limited all year. Cederlind pitched well for two innings, but started losing the strike zone in the third. He ended up going three and two-thirds, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. He fanned three and threw 36 of 64 pitches for strikes. Trae Arbet hit his fourth HR, which led to some ridiculous behavior, especially at that level. The opposing pitcher, who wasn’t even the one who allowed the HR, threw at Arbet twice his next time up, hitting him the second time and getting himself and his manager ejected. The Power ultimately failed to hold an early lead as reliever Matt Eckelman ran into control problems.

Stephen Alemais: 0-3
Ty Moore: 2-4 (batting .411 in 13 games since being activated due to Victor Fernandez’ injury)