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Cannonballs coming: Kramer and Hill homer

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates-Media Day Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

As if there isn’t enough bad news to report recently, I’m sad to note that WTM won’t be around for the next few weeks

-- Indianapolis (25-23) lost to Charlotte 7-5 as Clay Holmes continued to scuffle. Holmes surrendered 6 earned runs while allowing 9 hits and 3 walks to go with only 3 Ks. Kevin Kramer hit his 5th homer in the top of the 2nd off Charlotte flamethrower Michael Kopech to give Indy a 1-0 lead. The lead was short lived as Charlotte roared back for 4 runs in the bottom half of the inning. Aside from Wyatt Mathisen (2 doubles and a single) the rest of the Indy bats were generally quiet.

Kevin Newman:1-5

Max Moroff: 0-4, 2Ks

Jordan Luplow: 0-3

Kevin Kramer: 2-3, HR

Wyatt Mathisen: 3-4, 2 doubles

-- Altoona (23-23) defeated Harrisburg 4-2. Recently demoted from Indy, Austin Coley worked his way around 4 walks and ultimately went 6 innings allowing 2 runs. The Curve pounded out 11 hits as Cole Tucker, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Stephen Alemais, and Logan Hill all collected 2 each. Hill hit his 8th homerun and broke the game open in the top of the 6th inning. Hayes has a .939 OPS over his last 10 games. Cole Tucker also is showing some signs of life batting .310 over his most recent 10 games.

Jason Martin: 1-4

Cole Tucker: 2-5, double

Will Craig: 0-3

-- Bradenton (26-21) did not play

-- West Virginia (25-22) lost a weather shortened game to Kannapolis 2-1. Max Kranick made his 2nd start for the Power and had a relatively successful day going 5.1 innings with 5 Ks and 2 walks. He was victimized by 2 solo homeruns. Oneil Cruz was 1-2 with a walk. Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of Cruz’s development is the fact he has only struck out 6 times in his last 43 PAs. His K rate hovered in the high 30’s early in the season and now sits at near 27%. Lolo Sanchez was 2-2. Mason Martin was not in the lineup

Cal Mitchell: 0-3

Deon Stafford: 1-3