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Cannonballs coming: Travis MacGregor fans a dozen

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— Nick Kingham threw five one-hit, shutout innings, but the moment he came out the Indianapolis bullpen had a meltdown of biblical proportions and Indianapolis (0-1) lost to Columbus, 11-4. Kingham wasn’t exactly efficient, requiring 90 pitches, but he fanned ten and walked three against a Columbus lineup that looks really good — Greg Allen, Yandy Diaz, Francisco Mejia, Mike Napoli, Richie Shaffer, Adam Rosales, Brandon Barnes. Unfortunately, Tanner Anderson and Brett McKinney managed to give up nine runs in the sixth. Damien Magnifico then had to bail out McKinney in the seventh.

Kevin Newman: 1-5
Kevin Kramer: 0-5
Austin Meadows: 2-4, 2B
Jose Osuna: 1-2, 2B, 2 BB (played third, one error)
Jordan Luplow: 1-3, BB
Max Moroff, 2-3, 2 2B
Kyle Crick: IP, H, 2 K

— Altoona (1-1) had its own bullpen meltdown, blowing a 6-0 lead and losing to Akron, 7-6. Starter Dario Agrazal threw six no-hit innings, needing just 68 pitches. He walked three and struck out two. Jake Brentz followed, though, and failed to retire any of the five hitters he faced. Four of them reached on walks. The Curve still led, 6-5, in the ninth, but closer Tate Scioneaux surrendered a two-run HR. Altoona actually could have won the game easily, but stranded 13 runners, with Will Craig leading the way. He went 0-5 and stranded ten. Akron committed five errors, including three straight to begin the bottom of the first, but Altoona got only one run out of that largesse.

Cole Tucker: 2-5
Stephen Alemais: 2-4, BB
Logan Hill: 2-5, 3 K
Bryan Reynolds: 1-3, 2B, BB, SF
Ke’Bryan Hayes: 1-5

— Catcher Arden Pabst went 4-4 to lead a 12-hit attack as Bradenton (1-1) beat St. Lucie, 7-3. Scooter Hightower, Bo Schultz (rehabbing from Tommy John) and Ronny Agustin combined to throw four and a third scoreless innings in relief.

Adrian Valerio: 0-5
Bligh Madris: 2-5, 2B
Jared Oliva: 1-5
Hunter Owen: 2-3, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 2 BB
Lucas Tancas: 2-4

— Travis MacGregor (pictured) fanned a dozen over five and a third innings, but West Virginia (0-2) lost to Greenville, 4-2. MacGregor allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk. In case you’re wondering who he is, MacGregor was a standard, projectible prep righty taken in round 2 in 2016. He had a very bad time at Bristol last year, so I didn’t even expect to see him in full season ball yet, but Pirates Prospects reported that he made a lot of progress this spring. He hadn’t shown much of an ability to miss bats before, so this is a nice development if it continues. Blake Weiman and Blake Cederlind fanned another five in relief, making 17 total in the game, but Cederlind got knocked around for two runs in the ninth.

Lolo Sanchez: 1-4, 2B
Calvin Mitchell: 1-4
Oneil Cruz: 0-3, BB, E (third on the season)
Mason Martin: 0-3, BB, 3 K
Rodolfo Castro: 0-3