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Cannonballs coming: Luplow’s blast goes for naught

Pittsburgh Pirates v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

West Virginia was off. Josh Harrison’t rehab got put on hold as Altoona was rained out.

— Jordan Luplow hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth to tie Indianapolis’ (19-17) game with Nofolk, but Bo Schultz gave up a run in the bottom half for a 4-3 loss. The previously hot Indy offense got shut down on one hit over the first seven innings, but Luplow’s fourth longball erased a 3-0 deficit. Luplow finished 1-4. J.T. Brubaker had more trouble in his second AAA outing than his first, as he had trouble throwing strikes. He allowed three runs over five innings on five hits and four walks, while striking out five. Tyler Eppler pitched in relief again — I’m not sure what’s going on there — throwing a scoreless inning. Kevin Kramer had a rough day, striking out all four times up.

Kevin Newman: 2-4 (now batting .321)
Chris Bostick: 0-3
Austin Meadows: 1-4
Dovydas Neverauskas: IP, 2 H, BB, K

— Bradenton (20-19) won the first game of its doubleheader with Daytona, 7-1. James Marvel went six innings, allowing a run on five hits. He walked none and struck out four. Jared Oliva led the offense, going 2-3 with a double. Oliva hasn’t gotten discussed much here, but he’s a seventh round draft pick who’s a legitimate center fielder with good base stealing ability and at least gap power. Not including game two, he was on a 9-for-15 run and overall is hitting 261/350/454 in a league where the norm is 251/322/366.

Adrian Valerio: 1-4
Arden Pabst: 0-2

The Marauders lost the second game, 4-3. Oddy Nunez got victimized by a pair of errors that let in three unearned runs in a four-run inning. Nunez gave up eight hits and walked none over six innings. He struck out four. Tyler Gaffney went 2-2 with a double.

Oliva: 0-2, BB
Valerio: 0-2
Bligh Madris: 0-3 (4-for-36 in last nine games)