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Cannonballs coming: Kingham dominates; Will Craig stays hot

Nick Kingham

The Pirates signed an additional four draft picks:

Daniel Amaral: 14th round, OF

Ryan Haug: 27th round, C

Nick Patten: 28th round, IF

Justin Harrar: 35th round, IF

--Indianapolis(35-29, 2nd place in West Division) rolled over Toledo 7-3. Nick Kingham was perfect through 6.1 innings before Dawel Lugo singled on a ground ball back to Kingham. Kingham was efficient and averaging about 11 pitches per inning through the first six. Indy pounded out 15 hits and three home runs. Jung Ho Kang started at SS again and put Indy on the board with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the bottom of the first as he was 0-3 on the night but had some solidly struck balls. Max Moroff(4) and Ryan Lavarnway(2) both hit solo homers in the second inning and Kevin Kramer(9) added a two run shot in the fourth. Kingham ended up throwing eight scoreless innings only allowing two singles to go along with 6 Ks. Casey Sadler allowed three runs in the top of the ninth According to the broadcast team, the last Indy pitcher to record a no hitter was Ian Snell in 2005.

Kevin Newman: 3-5

Jordan Luplow: 1-4, double

Jose Osuna: 1-2, double, 2 walks

Kevin Kramer: 2-4, homerun(9), double

Max Moroff: 2-4, homerun(4)

Pablo Reyes: 3-3

Ryan Lavarnway: 2-4, homerun(2)

Nick Kingham: 8 IP, no runs, 2 hits, 6 Ks

--Altoona(32-28, 2nd place in Western Division) blew out Binghamton 9-2. Taylor Hearn put together yet another stellar start going 6 innings allow 2 runs with 10 Ks. Hearn pitched five scoreless innings before running into some trouble in the sixth. Will Craig stayed red hot as he hit a home run(9) for the third consecutive game. Bralin Jackson was 4-5 with two doubles. Ke’Bryan Hayes was not in the lineup for the second consecutive day. Hopefully he is just getting some rest.

Taylor Hearn: 6 IP, 2 runs, 10 Ks

Cole Tucker: 1-5, 2 Ks

Jason Martin: 1-4, walk

Will Craig: 3-4, homerun(9), double; now has an OPS of .795 on the season

Bralin Jackson: 4-5, 2 doubles

Christian Kelley: 2-5, double

--Bradenton(33-29, 3rd place in South Division) was blown out by Florida 8-2. It was an ugly night for Luis Escobar who only lasted three innings after being blasted for six runs. Escobar allowed six hits to go along with four walks and no strikeouts. The Marauders were unable to do much offensively and only had five hits.

Jared Oliva: 1-3, walk

Albert Baur: 2-4

Lucas Tancas: 1-4, double

--West Virginia(35-28, 3rd place in Northern Division) prevailed over Augusta 6-3. Hunter Stratton somehow worked around six free passes and went five inning only allowing one run. The Power broke through with a four run fourth inning punctuated by a three run home run(6) by Rodolfo Castro.

Oneil Cruz: 2-5

Cal Mitchell: 0-4, 2 Ks

--The DSL Pirates1(5-6) defeated the DSL Indians/Brewers 9-8. Juan Pie was 2-4 and hit his second home run of the season.

--The DSL Pirates2(2-9) lost to DSL Colorado 14-11.

Angel Basabe: 2-5, double, walk

Matthew Mercedes: 3-4, walk

Bryan Mateo: 3-4