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Cannonballs coming: Cole Tucker keeps hitting

The GCL and DSL Pirates don’t play on Sundays.

— Indianapolis (50-39) lost to Gwinnett, 7-2. Tyler Eppler got hit hard again, allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits in four and two-thirds innings. He walked and struck out two. Danny Ortiz didn’t start the game, but replaced Eury Perez early for some reason and went 4-4 with two doubles. Indy had its chances but went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Starling Marte played left and went 0-4.

Jordan Luplow: 0-4
Elias Diaz: 2-4
Edgar Santana: IP, 2 H, 3 K
Johnny Barbato: IP, BB, K

— Altoona (46-41) blew a three-run lead in the ninth and lost to Akron, 7-6. In fact, the Curve led, 6-0, after six. Jake Brentz and Miguel Rosario had control meltdowns in the final inning. Brentz faced six hitters, walking four of them and also allowing a hit. Rosario came on with the game already tied and runners on second and third. He got a line out and issued an intentional walk, then walked the next batter, too, to end the game. Tanner Anderson had started the game and gave up two runs on nine hits in six and a third innings. He walked one and struck out three. Edwin Espinal drove in four runs with his 11th HR, a three-run shot, and a sacrifice fly. Pablo Reyes was 3-4 with a double.

Kevin Newman: 0-4
Logan Hill: 1-5
Wyatt Mathisen: 0-2, 2 BB

— Mitch Keller had a shaky start, but Bradenton (48-36) edged Tampa anyway, 5-4. Keller had uncharacteristic control problems, walking four in six innings. He allowed four hits and four runs, three earned, while striking out three. Daniel Zamora followed with two scoreless innings, striking out four. Cole Tucker (pictured) was 3-4 with his 34th steal (and a CS). He’s now batting 292/375/444. Casey Hughston was 3-3 and Jordan George hit his fifth HR. Ke’Bryan Hayes returned to the lineup after a brief absence and went 0-3.

Will Craig: 1-3, BB
Seth McGarry: IP, Sv

— West Virginia (37-46) lost to Rome, 7-1. Blake Cederlind continued to struggle, giving up five runs while retiring only one batter in the first inning. Mike Wallace followed and allowed just one run over six innings.

Adrian Valerio: 0-4
Hunter Owen: 2-4, 2B

— I’ll post something a little later on Morgantown’s (13-7) 10-5 win over Batavia.

— Braeden Ogle had a good start as Bristol (5-13) beat Pulaski, 8-4. Ogle gave up a run on four hits and two walks in five innings. He fanned six. Everybody in the Bristol lineup had one hit except Nelson Jorge, who was 2-4 with a double, and Yondry Conteras, who was 0-4. Matt Diorio hit his second HR.