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Cannonballs coming: Kevin Kramer continues his torrid pace

— Indianapolis (10-16) survived 11 walks by its own pitchers in a 5-4 win over Columbus. With Josh Lindblom called up, Indy went with reliever Cody Dickson to start the game. He walked five in three innings and threw only 30 of 65 pitches for strikes, but even though he wasn’t facing the Pirates he allowed no runs. The bullpen walked another six and Dovydas Neverauskas had another shaky, multi-inning outing, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings. He fanned four and managed to hang on for a classic the-save-is-a-stupid-stat sort of save. In all, Columbus stranded 14 and went 1-for-13 with RISP despite not even having any ex-, much less current, Pirates in the lineup. Eric Wood and Jacob Stallings both went deep, Wood’s third and Stallings’ first. Chris Bostick was not in the lineup, but it’s probably too much to hope that he’s on his way to Pittsburgh.

Austin Meadows: 1-4, BB
Max Moroff: 1-4, BB

— Altoona (17-10) took the first game of its doubleheader from Akron, 6-4. Yeudy Garcia continued his recovery from a terrible start to the season, allowing two runs in five innings. Both were unearned, scoring on Kevin Kramer’s first error of the year. Garcia allowed three hits, walked two, fanned four and threw 49 of 81 pitches for strikes. Kramer and Connor Joe led the offense. Kramer (pictured) was 2-3 with two doubles, a walk and three runs scored. Joe went 3-4 with a double and four RBIs.

Kevin Newman: 0-4
Jordan Luplow: 0-4
Wyatt Mathisen: 2-2, 2B, BB

Kramer stayed hot in game two as the Curve won again, 4-1. He went 2-3 with a triple, and now sports a gaudy line of 386/491/659. Reliever Sean Keselica got the spot start and gave up a run on two hits and a walk in three innings. Austin Coley and Montana DuRapau followed with two scoreless innings apiece, with DuRapau fanning four. Luplow homered, his fifth, in three ABs.

Newman: 2-4, 2B
Joe: 0-3
Mathisen: 0-3

— Bradenton (18-13) went with a bullpen game after scheduled starter Gage Hinsz was scratched. Logan Sendelbach, who’s been pitching long relief, got torched for ten runs, nine earned, in two and two-thirds innings as Dunedin scored nine times in the third inning on the way to a 22-hit, 16-4 drubbing of the Marauders. Hinsz’ status is as yet unknown, although he at least hasn’t been placed on the disabled list so far. Will Craig went 2-4 with a double and Logan Hill hit his eighth HR.

Cole Tucker: 1-4, BB
Casey Hughston: 1-4
Seth McGarry: 1.1 IP, 2 K

— Cam Vieaux gave up a run in five innings as West Virginia (15-16) pounded Lexington, 9-3. Vieaux allowed five hits and three walks, and struck out four. Alexis Bastardo had a pair of HRs, his second and third, and drove in four runs. Carlos Munoz was 3-3 with a double and two walks.

Stephen Alemais: 1-5, 2B
Ty Moore: 2-4, BB
Hunter Owen: 1-4, 3B, BB
Trae Arbet: 1-5, 2B