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Cannonballs coming: Indianapolis finally finds some power

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

Bradenton was rained out.

— Maybe it’s the warmer weather. After managing just one home run in their first 17 games, Indianapolis (10-8) got three, as well as 20 other hits, in a 17-5 laugher over Columbus. Austin Meadows (pictured) went 4-6 with a double and his first HR, scored three times and drove in three. Jose Osuna hit his second and went 3-6 with three RBIs. Kevin Kramer hit his first along with a double, and also went 3-6 with three RBIs. Indy used four relievers after starter Austin Coley got knocked out in the third.

Kevin Newman: 3-6, 2B, 3 runs
Jordan Luplow: 2-4, 2 BB
Jacob Stallings: 4-6, 2B
Chris Bostick: 1-4, 2B, BB
A.J. Schugel: IP, 2 K
Dovydas Neverauskas: 2 IP, BB, 3 K

— Altoona (9-9) wasted a good start from Brandon Waddell in a 2-1 loss to Harrisburg. Waddell had trouble finding the plate — he walked four and threw only 51 of 95 pitches for strikes — but he allowed only two hits and struck out five in six and a third innings. He left with a runner on first and a 1-0 lead, but Yeudy Garcia let the run score. Garcia and Tate Scioneaux combined to give up another run in the eighth. The Curve had only three hits, one by Waddell. Christian Kelley’s second home run provided the Altoona offense.

Cole Tucker, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Will Craig, Logan Hill: combined 0-for-16, 6 Ks
Jason Martin: 1-3, 2B, BB
Stephen Alemais: 0-3

— Four West Virginia (12-10) pitchers combined to blank Lexington, 6-0. Starter Braeden Ogle came out after two innings due to a blister. He gave up two hits and a walk, and fanned five. Beau Sulser, fresh from extended spring training, threw three innings and fanned six. Drew Fischer and Blake Weiman struck out another four over the last four innings. Cal Mitchell had another big day, going 4-5 with two doubles. He’s now hitting .381. Lolo Sanchez broke an 0-for-19 skid with a first inning single. He finished 1-4 with a walk and three runs. Ben Bengtson hit his first HR.

Deon Stafford: 1-5
Oneil Cruz: 1-4, BB
Rodolfo Castro: 0-5
Mason Martin: 1-4