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Cannonballs coming: Kang continues to hit

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

--Indianapolis(32-27) rolled over Pawtucket 7-1. Tyler Eppler scattered 7 hits over 5.2 innings without allowing a run. The Indy bats pounced on Pawtucket’s Josh Smith early scoring seven runs in the first three innings. Indy did the bulk of their damage in the third as Erich Weiss and Max Moroff had RBI doubles and Wyatt Mathisen hit a two run homer. In all, Indianapolis collected 14 hits.

Kevin Newman: 1-5, double

Kevin Kramer: 2-5

Jose Osuna; 2-5, double

Max Moroff: 2-5, double

Erich Weiss: 2-5, homerun(3), double

--Altoona(29-28) was blown out by Hartford 6-1. Will Craig drove in Jason Martin in the top of the first to give the Curve a 1-0 lead but Pedro Vasquez was roughed up for four runs (and gave up three homers) and Hartford’s lead was never threatened. Altoona had 10 hits but never mustered much of a scoring threat.

Cole Tucker: 0-4, 3 Ks

Ke’Bryan Hayes: 2-4, double

Jason Martin: 2-4, double

Bryan Reynolds: 1-4, double

Will Craig: 1-4

Jin-De Jhang: 3-4, double

--Bradenton(31-26) was destroyed by Tampa 11-2. Luis Escobar was strong through four innings, recording five Ks while only allowing one hit. But the wheels came off in the fifth as Escobar walked the bases loaded and then gave up a three run double. Escobar was replaced with Jordan Jess who had problems of his own, allowing six hits and three runs in two innings of work. Angel German then let things get completely out of hand surrendering five runs while only retiring two batters. Jung Ho Kang made another starts at shortstop. Kang was 2-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly. Mitchell Tolman hit his first homerun, a solo shot in the eighth inning. It’s perplexing that Kang has not yet moved up to Indianapolis.

Luis Escobar: 5 IP, 7 Ks, 4 walks

Jung Ho Kang: 2-3, double

Jared Oliva: 1-3

-- West Virgina(31-27) lost to Hickory 5-4. Hunter Stratton was on the mound for the Power and gave up a two run homer in the first as Hickory jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Power responded with three runs in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. But Hickory reclaimed the lead in the sixth when Drew Fischer gave up a two run double. Hickory would tack on an insurance run in the seventh to increase their lead to 5-3.

Rodolfo Castro: 1-3, double

Cal Mitchell: 1-4

-- The DSL Pirates1(3-4) defeated the DSL Redsox2 15-9. This looked like a classic DSL game as the Pirates1 scored 12 runs in the final two innings. Emilson Rosado hit his first homer of the year.

Daniel Rivero: 4-5

Emilson Rosado: 2-4, homerun(1)

Juan Pie: 0-2

-- The DSL PIrates2(1-6) lost to the DSL Royals2 4-3. Matthew Mercedes hit his third homer of the season.

Angel Basabe: 0-4

Mattew Mercedes: 2-4, homerun(3)

Tilsaimy Melfor: 2-5

Willy Basil: 4.1 IP, no runs, 5 Ks