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Cannonballs coming: Steven Brault throws seven scoreless innings

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— Steven Brault threw seven shutout innings against the International League’s top offense as Indianapolis (29-23) blanked Lehigh Valley, 5-0. Brault allowed five hits, walked nobody and fanned eight. He threw 62 of 93 pitches for strikes. Brault even started Indy’s go-ahead rally with a single. The game was scoreless until Eric Wood doubled with two out and the bases loaded in the 6th and Barrett Barnes followed with another double. Wood also had a triple and finished 2-4.

Chris Bostick: 0-4
Austin Meadows: 1-3, SF
Dovydas Neverauskas: IP, 2 H, BB

— Altoona (29-22) beat Akron, 9-5. Kevin Newman went 2-4 with a walk and three runs, and Kevin Kramer was 2-5 with a double and three RBIs. Wyatt Mathisen was 1-3 with a walk and his second HR. Starter J.T. Brubaker got hit around some, allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out six. Three relievers followed with five scoreless innings.

Connor Joe: 1-4
Edwin Espinal: 0-5
Jin-De Jhang: 2-4
Jordan Luplow: 1-4
Sean Keselica: 2 IP, 2 K

— Bradenton (32-22) got 13 hits in a 5-1 win over Fort Myers. A lot of the offense came from the top of the order as Will Craig went 3-4 with his fourth HR, Ke’Bryan Hayes 2-4 with a double and a walk, and Cole Tucker 2-4 with a walk. Bret Helton scattered (I’ve been waiting to say that all season) seven hits in six scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Logan Hill: 2-2, 2 BB
Kevin Krause: 1-4, 2B
Casey Hughston: 1-4, 3B
Yunior Montero: IP, 2 H, R, BB, HBP, 2 K

— West Virginia (24-26) lost to Rome, 5-4. Starter Eduardo Vera gave up two runs over five innings. He gave up six hits, walked none and struck out two, and needed only 54 pitches. Unfortunately, Blake Cederlind and Matt Frawley combined to blow a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, with the go-ahead run scoring on a passed ball. Adrian Valerio left after being hit in the face by a deflected throw. Valerio was 1-2 with a double before leaving. He started off 1-for-20 after returning from a broken hand, but is now hitting .316, so it’ll be especially unfortunate if he’s out long.

Hunter Owen: 2-4
Trae Arbet: 1-3
Cederlind: 2+ IP, 3 H, 2 R, K