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Cannonballs coming: Nick Kingham has a good start

MLB: Spring Training-Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Yankees Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

— Nick Kingham (pictured) had his second straight good start after a long string of bad ones as Indianapolis (58-49) beat Pawtucket, 5-3. Kingham gave up one run over seven innings and didn’t walk anybody, throwing 75 of 102 pitches for strikes. He gave up eight hits and fanned five. Gift Ngoepe, who came into the game batting .119 in July, went 2-3 with a triple and his third HR. Danny Ortiz hit his tenth HR. Edwin Espinal got his first AAA hit, finishing 2-4.

Chris Bostick: 1-4, 2B
Joey Terdoslavich: 2-4, 2 2B
Elias Diaz: 1-3, BB

— Altoona (54-50) lost the first game of its doubleheader with Trenton, 8-7, in eight innings. J.T. Brubaker gave up four runs, half of them unearned, in five innings on nine hits. He walked none and struck out four. Sean Keselica continued a rough stretch, giving up three runs in one inning of work. He’s allowed ten runs in his last five and two-thirds innings. Tate Scioneaux surrendered a go-ahead HR in the top of the eighth. Jordan George had a big AA debut, going 2-4 with a double, a HR and four RBIs.

Cole Tucker: 2-4, BB
Jerrick Suiter: 2-3, BB
Connor Joe: 1-4

The Curve scored all of their runs in the fourth inning in a 5-1 win in game two. Cody Dickson gave up a run on three hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out four. Tucker drove in two runs with an infield single and George went 1-2 with a double and a walk.

Tucker: 1-4
Suiter: 0-4
Jin-De Jhang: 1-3
Joe: 0-3

— Bradenton (59-43) got hammered by Palm Beach, 12-3. Pedro Vasquez gave up nine runs in five and a third innings. That’s nearly a quarter of the runs he’s allowed on the entire season. Everybody in the Marauders’ lineup was 1-4 except Ke’Bryan Hayes, who went 0-4, and Alfredo Reyes, who went 1-3.

— West Virginia (47-53) lost the first game of its doubleheader with Hagerstown, 3-0. James Marvel gave up all three runs in the first, two of them unearned. Marvel allowed five hits and three walks, and struck out five. Garrett Brown was 0-2 with a walk.

The Power won the second game, 4-1. Matt Anderson allowed just one hit and one unearned run over five innings, walking one and striking out seven. Jordan Jess fanned another four in the last two innings. Albert Baur had two doubles and Ryan Nagle went 2-3.

— Morgantown (23-14) lost to Auburn, 3-1. Sergio Cubilete gave up three runs, two of them unearned, in four innings on seven hits and two walks. He struck out two. Jared Oliva was 2-4 with a triple as the Black Bears went with a Sunday lineup.

— Bristol (9-28) lost its tenth straight in the first game of its doubleheader with Greeneville, 6-4. Domingo Robles gave up four in the first inning and six overall, two of them unearned. Robles allowed eight hits and a walk in five innings while striking out four. Paul Brands hit his third HR.

Yondry Contreras: 0-3
Edison Lantigua: 0-2, BB

The owners of easily the worst record in organized baseball finally got in the win column in game two by a 7-3 count. Jason Delay, Kyle Watson and Ryan Peurifoy each had a single and a double. Four relievers allowed no earned runs over the final four innings.

Contreras: 1-3, BB
Lantigua: 1-4

— The GCL Pirates (11-18) lost to the Tigers East, 6-4. Austin Shields gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in four innings. He struck out two. Lolo Sanchez was 2-5 with his second HR. Mason Martin had a pinch-hit single.

Jeremias Portorreal: 0-5, 3 K
Rodolfo Castro: 0-3, BB

— The DSL Pirates (26-22) beat the Indians, 5-2. Starter Jose Marcano threw six shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk. He struck out four. Sherten Apostel continued to get pitched around; he went 0-1 with three walks.

Jean Eusebio: 1-5
Francisco Acuna: 1-4, 2B