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Cannonballs coming: Keller and Glasnow strike out lots of guys

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One news item: Mason Martin was named MVP (sub. req’d) of the Gulf Coast League. I didn’t actually know the GCL had an MVP award, so I learned something. Martin led the league in HRs despite missing the first two weeks due to signing late. He also led in slugging and OPS by a wide margin, with the third highest OPS ever in the GCL. (The two highest were a mixed bag: Justin Morneau and some guy named Tony Blanco.)

— Tyler Glasnow threw six shutout innings as Indianapolis (78-61) beat Toledo, 5-4. Glasnow fanned nine while allowing five hits and a walk. He threw 63 of 91 pitches for strikes. Joey Terdoslavich went 3-4. Edgar Santana barely managed to protect a two-run lead in the ninth, partly due to an infield hit and an error. He had to strike out the last two hitters with the bases loaded and a one-run lead.

Kevin Newman: 1-5, 2B
Chris Bostick: 2-5
Edwin Espinal: 2-5

— Mitch Keller fanned 11 in six shutout innings as Altoona (72-65) edged Harrisburg, 6-5. Keller gave up just three hits and a walk, throwing 63 of 92 pitches for strikes. He left with a 5-0 lead but the bullpen, specifically Luis Heredia and Tate Scioneaux, nearly blew it. Pablo Reyes had a double and a triple, and Jerrick Suiter also had two hits. Altoona has a lead of a game and a half for the home field advantage in the playoffs over Bowie, which was rained out.

Cole Tucker: 0-3, BB
Jin-De Jhang: 0-4

— Bradenton (67-62) had its game with Charlotte suspended after six innings with no score. James Marvel had allowed two hits and no walks. Ke’Bryan Hayes and Will Craig were each 2-3. Hayes had a double.

— West Virginia (67-66) beat Delmarva, 4-3. Oddy Nunez needed just 76 pitches to get through seven innings. He gave up a run on just three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Albert Baur went 3-4 with a double. The win gave the Power a half game lead for first place in the second half over Greensboro and Hickory, which are playing each other but had their game suspended due to rain.

Adrian Valerio: 2-5
Oneil Cruz: 0-4

— Morgantown (37-33) scored seven runs in the third to take an 8-1 lead and held on to beat Auburn, 8-6. Gavin Wallace gave up five runs in six innings on eight hits and a walk. He struck out five. The Black Bears had only six hits, but turned five errors into seven unearned runs. Raul Siri had a grand slam, his third HR, and Lucas Tancas had two hits.

Bligh Madris: 0-4
Deon Stafford: 1-5
Dylan Busby: 1-4, 2B
Jason Delay: 0-3

— The GCL Pirates (25-34) gave up three in the first and ended up losing to the Yankees East, 3-2. Cody Bolton gave up the three runs, two of them earned. He pitched three innings, allowing five hits and a walk, and striking out three. Lolo Sanchez went 2-4 with a double and Manny Bejerano hit his second HR.

Mason Martin: 0-3
Rodolfo Castro: 0-3
Calvin Mitchell: 1-4