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Cannonballs coming: Alex McRae throws seven shutout innings

— Nick Kingham struggled in his third AAA outing as Indianapolis (30-24) lost to Gwinnett in 11 innings, 6-4. Kingham took 93 pitches to get through four and a third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, four of them for extra bases. He walked two and struck out five. Drew Hutchison threw a scoreless inning. Indy trailed, 4-0, in the bottom of the eighth, but got two runs on a double by Jason Rogers and one on a bunt single by Josh Lindblom. Joey Terdoslavich led off the bottom of the ninth with his second HR to tie the game. The game went to the 11th, when Edgar Santana allowed a HR to lose it.

Gift Ngoepe: 0-3, 3 BB
Austin Meadows: 0-5, BB, 3 K
Chris Bostick: 2-3, BB
Barrett Barnes: 0-1, BB
Lindblom: 3 IP, 3 H, R, 2 K
Santana: IP, 2 H, R, K

— Alex McRae (pictured) threw seven strong innings as Altoona (30-23) blanked Bowie, 2-0. McRae allowed seven hits and two walks, and struck out three. He threw 98 pitches and help from three double play grounders. Tate Scioneaux allowed one hit and fanned two over the last two innings to get the save. The Curve’s offense came entirely on longballs, Tomas Morales’ first and Jordan Luplow’s 12th. Morales finished 2-3 and Luplow 2-4.

Kevin Newman: 1-4
Kevin Kramer: 1-4
Connor Joe: 0-2, 2 BB
Edwin Espinal: 0-4

— Bradenton (33-23) beat Lakeland, 5-2. Dario Agrazal allowed just three hits and walked none over seven innings, although two of the hits were HRs. He struck out six and needed only 76 pitches. Will Craig went 2-4 with a double and a triple, and Mitchell Tolman hit his fourth HR.

Logan Hill: 1-3, BB
Christian Kelley: 1-4
Kevin Krause: 0-4
Jake Brentz: IP, 2 K
Seth McGarry: IP, H, K, Sv

— West Virginia (25-27) lost to Rome, 4-3. Cam Vieaux gave up only five hits and walked none over seven innings, but nearly every runner who reached against him scored, leading to four runs. He struck out four. Hunter Owen and Carlos Munoz each went 2-3.

— The DSL Pirates won their opener over the DSL Cubs2, 5-4, but no box score is available yet.