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Cannonballs coming: Indianapolis loses late lead

— Yesterday, Casey Sadler pitched well after struggling so far this year. Today it was Alex McRae’s turn, but Indianapolis (13-12) lost to Gwinnett, 4-3. McRae dominated through six innings, then gave up a walk and a home run to start the seventh. He exited after six and a third and was charged with the two runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. McRae left with a 3-2 lead, but Dovydas Neverauskas blew the game in the eighth. Kevin Kramer hit his third home run and Jose Osuna went 2-4 with a double.

Kevin Newman: 1-4, 2B
Austin Meadows: 0-4
Jacob Stallings: 0-4
Chris Bostick: 1-3, BB
Jordan Luplow: struck out as PH
Neverauskas: IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K

— Altoona (14-11) lost the first game of its doubleheader to Erie, 6-1. Taylor Hearn continued to look like the minor league version of Tyler Glasnow, dominating at times but, as always running into trouble at others. Hearn fanned nine over six innings, but gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks. The Altoona offense continued its struggles, getting its only run on Wyatt Mathisen’s first home run of the season. Mathisen went 2-3 and Bralin Jackson 3-3.

Cole Tucker: 0-4 (3-for-36 in last ten games)
Ke’Bryan Hayes: 1-4
Will Craig: 1-3
Logan Hill: 1-3
Jake Brentz: IP, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, K

The second game was suspended with the Curve leading, 3-1, in the third inning. Pedro Vasquez made his season debut, giving up a run on three hits and a walk in three innings, while striking out two. Jason Martin, who sat out the first game, was 2-2 with a triple. Will Craig was 1-1 with a sacrifice fly and Jordan George 2-2.

— James Marvel gave up only one run over seven innings as Bradenton (17-11) beat Charlotte, 5-1. Marvel gave up four hits and three walks, and fanned five. The offense mostly came from the top of the order, as Tyler Gaffney went 2-3 with a double and a walk, and Adrian Valerio went 3-3. Jared Oliva (pictured) hit his first professional home run.

Bligh Madris: 0-4
Ronny Agustin: IP, 2 K

— West Virginia (15-13) lost to Hickory, 5-1. The Hickory starter came in with a 9.64 ERA and peripherals to match, but he fanned 12 in six one-hit innings. A day after whiffing 21 times in less than 15 innings, the Power fanned another 15 times and managed only four hits. Domingo Robles went six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits. He walked none and struck out four.

Lolo Sanchez: 0-5, 3 K
Cal Mitchell: 1-3, BB
Deon Stafford: 0-3, BB, 3 K
Oneil Cruz: 1-2, BB
Rodolfo Castro: 0-3, BB