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Cannonballs coming: Uneven starts from Clay Holmes and Tyler Eppler

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MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Pittsburgh Pirates Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Altoona was off.

— Indianapolis (6-13) took the first game of a doubleheader with Pawtucket, 5-3, in eight innings. Max Moroff, who was 2-5 with three RBIs, provided the winning margin with a two-run single in the top of the eighth. Clay Holmes had a good news/bad news start, lasting just four innings despite not allowing any hits that were well struck. Holmes sailed through three innings, allowing just three singles, two of them infield hits and the other a ground ball that got through. He had a 38-pitch fourth, though, without anything being hit hard. There were two errors, an infield hit, two wild pitches and two walks, as the struggle to get out of the inning seemed to lead to Holmes overthrowing. That ran his pitch count up to 85, 49 of them strikes, and ended his day after four innings. He gave up two runs, both unearned, four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Edgar Santana got the win, finishing the game with two and two-thirds scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and a walk, and fanned four. Eric Wood was 2-2 with two walks, three runs scored, and his second HR. Indy had a lot of scoring opportunities, but went just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Chris Bostick: 1-4, BB
Austin Meadows: 2-5
Elias Diaz: 2-3
Pat Light: 1.1 IP, H, ER, BB

Indy dropped game two, 4-2. Tyler Eppler had a gopher ball problem, allowing two that accounted for all four runs. He went five innings, allowing six hits and a walk, and striking out four. A.J. Schugel managed a scoreless inning, just his second scoreless outing out of eight. Chris Bostick (pictured) went deep off Henry Owens, his first HR of the year, to lead off the game. He finished 2-4 and is hitting 304/333/478. His plate discipline — four walks, 15 Ks in 72 plate appearances — has been pretty dreadful, but 13 of the strikeouts came in his first six games. He’s fanned only twice in his last 12 games and none in his last seven. Bostick has a history of taking time to get adapted to new levels, so that may be happening now. The rest of the team had only three hits and Indy went 1-for-7 with RISP.

Moroff: 0-4, 3 K
Meadows: 1-3
Wood: 0-3

— Bradenton (11-10) lost to Fort Myers, 2-1. Gage Hinsz had easily his best start of the season. He allowed just one run, which scored on a two-out infield hit, over six innings. Hinsz has struggled with the strike zone and threw only 53 of 93 pitches for strikes in this game. He had a lot of three-ball counts, but walked only two while striking out three. He gave up five hits. Jacob Brentz gave up the go-ahead run in his one inning, the first time this year he’d been scored upon. He also had trouble throwing strikes, just 13 in 25 pitches. He allowed two hits and a walk, and struck out none. Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled in the Marauders’ only run. He finished 1-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Mitchell Tolman: 0-4
Will Craig: 0-4, 2 K
Logan Hill: 1-3, BB
Christian Kelley: 1-3
Casey Hughston: 2-4

— West Virginia (10-12) beat Rome, 6-1. Matt Anderson had a strong start, allowing a run over six innings and fanning eight. Oddly, Anderson’s one run also came on a two-out infield single. He gave up four hits and walked nobody. Anderson threw 51 of 70 pitches for strikes, which is a good sign since he’s had some control problems so far. Eduardo Vera got the three-inning save, allowing just a hit and striking out two. The Power got their only two runs through eight innings thanks to a wild pitch on which the catcher then threw the ball away. They scored four in the top of the ninth, though, to sew it up. Trae Arbet, back in the lineup after getting plunked on the forearm a couple days ago, went 2-4 with a triple.

Ty Moore: 0-5, 3 K
Hunter Owen: 2-4
Sandy Santos: 2-4