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Cannonballs coming: Don’t look now, but Will Craig is starting to hit

Bradenton had a doubleheader rained out.

— Indianapolis (21-19) hammered out 15 hits in a 9-2 win over Durham. Six different players had at least two hits, and Kevin Kramer and Eric Wood each went deep. The homers were Wood’s fifth and Kramer’s fourth. Kramer also had a double in five trips, while Wood finished 2-3 with a walk. Alex McRae gave up just a run on five hits and a walk over seven innings, while striking out eight. The Indians’ infield made things easier for McRae by turning four double plays with him on the mound.

Kevin Newman: 2-5 (.320)
Chris Bostick: 3-5, 2B (.333)
Jordan Luplow: 2-5, 2B
Ryan Lavarnway: 3-5
Josh Smoker: IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K

— Will Craig led the offense and Mitch Keller had his second straight strong start as Altoona (21-18) pounded Portland, 12-3. The Curve had 17 hits, with Craig and Cole Tucker each going 3-4. Craig hit his sixth home run and drove in four. After struggling for a while, he has his numbers up to 250/342/468. Tucker, hopefully breaking out of an epic slump, scored three runs, drew a walk and stole his first two bases of the year. Logan Hill and Christian Kelley also went deep, Hill’s sixth and Kelley’s fourth. Kelley was 2-4 and is hitting 291/340/465. Keller gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over six and two-thirds innings. He fanned seven.

Ke’Bryan Hayes: 2-4, 2B
Jason Martin: 1-4, 2B
Stephen Alemais: 1-4

— West Virginia (23-17) lost the completion of its suspended game from yesterday, 6-4, to Lexington. The Power was up, 2-0, on Deon Stafford’s fourth home run when the rains came in the second inning. Evan Piechota replaced starter Gavin Wallace and took one for the team, giving up four runs (plus one charged to Wallace) on nine hits in six and two-thirds innings. Oneil Cruz and Rodolfo Castro also homered, Cruz’ sixth and Castro’s fifth. Cruz finished 2-3 with two walks, Castro 2-5. Lolo Sanchez, another severely slumping prospect, went 2-3 with a double. The Power suffered a couple of injuries. Stafford singled his second time up and came out after being involved in a force play at second. Shortly afterward, third baseman Dylan Busby came out after getting beaned.

Cal Mitchell: 1-5
Mason Martin: 0-2
Blake Cederlind: 1.1 IP, H, ER, BB

In the regularly scheduled game, which was limited to seven innings, the Power scored three to tie it in the bottom of the sixth, only to lose in the seventh, 7-6. The Power had only five hits, but drew five walks and got another longball from Cruz, his seventh. He went 1-4 and is now hitting 277/360/518. Starter Hunter Stratton gave up six runs, five earned, over four innings.

Sanchez: 1-2, BB
Mitchell: 0-4
Martin: 0-1, BB