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Cannonballs coming: Clay Holmes hangs on through control problems

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

— Indianapolis (69-56) fell behind 4-1 in the first, but came back and beat Syracuse, 5-4. After throwing five no-hit innings in his last start, Clay Holmes had trouble finding the plate in this one, walking four and giving up four hits and four runs in five innings. He struck out three. He recovered well from that first inning, though, after walking two and hitting one. Danny Ortiz hit his 14th HR with two on base. Chris Bostick was 2-4.

Kevin Newman: 1-3
Jordan Luplow: 1-4, BB, 3 K
Montana DuRapau: 2 IP, H, 4 K
Angel Sanchez: IP, H, K

— Altoona (64-60) took the first game of its doubleheader with New Hampshire, 7-5. Jerrick Suiter was the big bat, going 3-4 with his tenth HR and three RBIs. Justin Maffei also had three hits as the Curve hit safely 13 times. Starter Austin Coley struggled, allowing five runs on ten hits in four innings. Reese McGuire homered for the third straight game for New Hampshire. He’s played only 24 games due to a knee injury, but is hitting 286/374/545 with five HRs, which is one more than his career total coming into this year.

Cole Tucker: 0-3
Jordan George: 2-4, 2B
Wyatt Mathisen: 0-3, BB
Jin-De Jhang: 2-4, 2B

The Curve lost the second game, 5-1. Casey Sadler struck out eight in five innings, but he gave up four runs on five hits. Mathisen went 2-3.

Tucker: 1-4
Suiter: 1-3

— Bradenton (65-57) got blanked by Palm Beach, 3-0. The Marauders had only three hits. Bret Helton gave up two runs in six innings.

Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0-4, 3 K
Will Craig: 0-4

— West Virginia (60-61) beat Greenville, 7-4. Stephan Meyer allowed just one run over seven innings. He gave up two hits and a walk, and fanned eight. Albert Baur went 3-5 with a double and three runs. Victor Fernandez and Clark Eagan each went 2-4 with a double. Ryan Nagle drove in three runs.

Adrian Valerio: 1-5
Oneil Cruz: 1-4, BB

— Morgantown (33-24) lost to Mahoning Valley, 2-1. Sergio Cubilete gave up two runs, one earned, on just three hits and two walks, in six innings. He fanned eight. The Black Bears went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and fanned 15 times.

Bligh Madris: 1-4
Dylan Busby: 1-4

— Bristol (11-43) extended its latest losing streak to six with a 6-2, 12-inning loss to Elizabethton. The Pirates had tied the game, 2-2, on Nick Valaika’s first pro HR with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t score again. The Pirates had just seven hits and fanned 15 times, going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Starter Evan Piechota gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in six innings, striking out six.

Yondry Contreras: 1-6, 4 K
Jason Delay: 1-4, 2 BB

— The GCL Pirates (18-29) couldn’t hold a 5-0, eighth inning lead and lost to the Tigers West, 12-9, in 15 innings. David Lee and Angel Vasquez combined to allow six runs in the top of the eighth, making the score 6-5, but the Pirates tied it in the bottom of the ninth. The boneheaded rule where every inning begins with a runner on second then kicked in and again failed to work the way it’s supposed to work. The teams went scoreless in the 10th and 11th, then for three straight innings each scored one run in each inning. The Pirates finally put a catcher in to pitch in the 15th and lost the game. Nick King went 4-6 with a double and Cristopher Perez had two doubles. Barrett Barnes opened his rehab, starting the game as DH and getting two ABs before coming out.

Lolo Sanchez: 1-4
Calvin Mitchell: 0-3
Jeremias Portorreal: 2-7
Mason Martin: 0-2, BB

— The DSL Pirates (34-31) lost to the Indians/Brewers, 6-2. Osvaldo Bido gave up a run on four hits and a walk in four innings, with four strikeouts. The Pirates had only four hits.