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Cannonballs Coming: Three hits for Meadows and Newman, Luplow hits 13th homer

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Indianapolis defeated Gwinnett 5-3 as Austin Meadows went 3-4 with two doubles and Gift Ngoepe was 2-4 with a home run. Clay Holmes labored through five innings as only 51 of 96 pitches were thrown for strikes. He ended his day with only one earned run, although his error contributed to Gwinnett's second run. Ngoepe's home run was a line-drive shot to left field. Meadows followed with an impressive at-bat in which he worked a deep count before pounding a line-drive double to left-center field. Aside from five hits between Meadows and Ngoepe, the rest of the Indy lineup was quiet, although Jason Rogers did hit a pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the eighth. Pat Light worked a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

Austin Meadows 3-4, 2 doubles

Gift Ngoepe 2-4, home run (2)

Jason Rogers 1-1 home run (7)

Clay Holmes 5 IP, 3 hits, 3 Ks, 4 walks, 1 HBP

Altoona lost 7-6 in 11 innings as Montana DuRapau allowed a walk-off single. It was not an auspicious start for the Curve as Brandon Waddell failed to make it out of the first inning recording only two outs while allowing three walks, two hits and ultimately four runs before being relieved by Austin Coley. A few of the walks were long at bats in which Bowie simply grinded out walks. Coley lasted for 5 1-3, allowing one earned run on seven hits with three Ks and no walks. The good news was Kevin Newman (.599 OPS through May) was 3-6 with three doubles on the day. His first at-bat was a long fly to center which almost got out and demonstrated his quick compact stroke. Jordan Luplow came into the game with a 156 WRC+ and hit his 13th home run. The Curve battled back to take the lead 6-5 but the Baysox tied the game in the bottom of the 7th and went on to win in the 11th.

Kevin Newman 3-6, 3 doubles

Kevin Kramer 0-4

Connor Joe 1-5, 3 Ks

Jordan Luplow 2-3, 1 home run, 2 walks

Wyatt Mathisen 1-5, 2 Ks

Bradenton’s game was cancelled.

West Virginia defeated Rome 8-7, pounding out 12 hits as Luis Escobar went 5 1-3 with 8 Ks. Although he only allowed one walk, his command looked off at times he hit three batters. Kevin Mahala went 3-5 with three RBIs and and Andrew Walker went 2-4 with a run batted in. Carlos Munoz went 1-3 and has an OPS of 1.127 in his last 10 games.

Luis Escobar 5 1-3, 5 hits, 8 Ks, 1 walk, 3 HBP