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— Nick Kingham threw seven and two-thirds shutout innings in Indianapolis’ (60-52) 1-0 win over Louisville. Kingham gave up three hits and three walks, struck out two, and threw 61 of 97 pitches for strikes. Dan Runzler got the last four outs. Elias Diaz was 2-4 with a double and Chris Bostick 2-3 with a walk.

Kevin Newman: 1-3
Jordan Luplow: 0-4

— Altoona (57-53) managed only two hits in a 4-2 loss to Trenton. Austin Coley gave up three runs on ten hits in six innings.

Cole Tucker: 0-4
Connor Joe: 0-3, BB
Jin-De Jhang: 0-4
Wyatt Mathisen: 0-2, BB

— Geoff Hartlieb gave up a walkoff grand slam with one out in the seventh as Bradenton (60-47) lost the first game of its doubleheader with Florida, 7-4. Starter Bret Helton gave up three runs on seven hits in four and two-thirds innings. Mitchell Tolman and Ty Moore each went 2-3.

Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0-3, BB
Will Craig: 0-3, BB
Stephen Alemais: 1-2, 2B

The Marauders also lost the second game, 3-0. They had only two singles and got only one runner into scoring position. Sam Street made his first career start, giving up three runs in four and two-thirds innings.

Hayes: 1-3
Craig: 0-3

— West Virginia (50-57) scored four times in the first on a pair of longballs, then held on for a 5-1 win over Delmarva. Adrian Valerio hit the first pitch he saw for his eighth HR, then Yoel Gonzalez hit his fourth HR a few batters later with two runner on base. Gonzalez is a good defensive catcher who failed to manage a .600 OPS during his first four pro seasons. This year he’s batting 305/318/537, divided between the two West Virginia affiliates. That’s only in 22 games, though, and comes with one walk and 28 strikeouts. Oddy Nunez, whose workload is being ramped down, allowed just one hit over four innings. He walked none and fanned seven, and needed just 47 pitches. Matt Anderson followed with four scoreless and hitless innings, walking none and striking out four. Albert Baur was 3-4 with a double.

— Morgantown (26-18) beat State College, 4-1, in a game that was limited by rain to five innings. Ike Schlabach got the abbreviated complete game, allowing the one run on five hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out two. Chris Sharpe had a two-run double.

Jared Oliva: 1-2
Deon Stafford: 1-2

— Bristol’s (9-33) sad season continued. The Pirates took a 3-2 lead into the eighth, but a HR tied the game and Bristol eventually lost to Kingsport, 4-3, on a walkoff double in the tenth. Starter Domingo Robles gave up one earned and one unearned run in five and two-thirds innings. He allowed three hits and three walks, and struck out four. Paul Brands had three hits for the Pirates, who stranded 13 runners.

— The GCL Pirates (12-23) got a pair of HRs in the first inning, but still lost to the Blue Jays, 6-5. Lolo Sanchez, apparently recovered from his ankle injury two days ago, opened the game with his third HR. Rodolfo Castro, who also had a double in four at-bats, hit his third two batters later. Austin Shields had his usual control problems, issuing three walks along with two hits in three and two-thirds innings. That led to four runs, one of them unearned. Shields struck out two.

— The DSL Pirates (28-25) beat the Astros Orange, 6-5. Starter Jose Marcano gave up just an unearned run in five innings. He allowed three hits, walked two and fanned six. Marcano now has a 2.63 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Sherten Apostel was 2-2 with two walks and Emison Soto went 2-4 with a double. Williams Calderon won the game with a three-run triple in the eighth.