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Cannonballs coming: Adrian Valerio continues power surge

Many thanks to pedropower for picking up Cannonballs Coming the last three weeks.

Indianapolis (42-32) took the first game of a doubleheader with Louisville, 4-2. Steven Brault had an OK outing, allowing seven hits and and three walks over six innings, but only two runs. He fanned five. In his last ten starts, Brault has an ERA of 1.48 and WHIP of 1.06. Casey Sadler retired only two of the four batters he faced in the seventh, but Dovydas Neverauskas got the save by striking out the one batter he faced. Jason Rogers went 2-3.

Chris Bostick: 1-4, 3B
Phil Gosselin: 1-4
Eric Wood: 1-3, 2B

The Indians lost the second game, 8-4. Tyler Eppler had a rough start, giving up five runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three. Josh Lindblom gave up three runs in one inning. The Indy lineup is getting more and more makeshift. John Bormann made his AAA debut in this game, going 2-3 while catching and batting cleanup. Danny Ortiz and Erich Weiss each had a single and a double. Bostick was 1-4.

Altoona (39-32) beat Hartford, 5-2. Eli’s writeup is here.

Bradenton’s (38-31) game with Lakeland was suspended in the eighth inning with the Marauders leading, 3-2. Cole Tucker returned from the disabled list and went 1-4. Kevin Krause went 2-2 and then came out of the game.

West Virginia (32-37) lost the first game of its doubleheader with Lexington, 9-4. Blake Cederlind, who’s really struggling now, got torched for seven runs, six earned, in two and a third innings. Adrian Valerio (pictured) hit his fourth HR and Hunter Owen hit his seventh while also drawing two walks.

Brent Gibbs: 0-3
Trae Arbet: 1-2

The Power took the second game, 4-1. James Marvel allowed just an unearned run on two hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out two. Valerio went deep again, a three-run shot, and finished 2-3. He’s now batting 290/327/505. Owen was 0-3.

Morgantown’s (4-1) game with Batavia was suspended in the third inning with no score. Mitch Keller went two innings in a rehab start, allowing a hit and a walk, and fanning three.

Bristol (1-2) got hammered by Lakeland, 11-5. Braeden Ogle didn’t have a great season debut, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out two. Melvin Jimenez went 3-3 with a walk. Henrry Rosario, now 24 and in his sixth season of rookie level baseball, also had three hits. Edison Lantigua was 1-5 with a double.

The DSL Pirates (10-9) beat the Indians, 8-3. Sherten Apostel had two triples and Ronaldo Paulino a pair of doubles. Carlos Garcia hit a grand slam, his first pro HR. Pablo Santana got the win with three scoreless innings in relief.