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Cannonballs coming: Big night for Ke’Bryan Hayes; Jung Ho returns

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--Indianapolis(25-27) lost 4-0 to Scranton Wilks-Barre. J.T. Brubaker was not very sharp and gave up 3 runs to go with 4 walks in only 4.1 innings. Scranton took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when once rumored trade target Clint Frazier came into score. Scranton added two more in the 5th and a final run in the eight inning as Indy never really mounted much of a threat vs Chance Adams. Indy only had 5 singles with two of those being collected by Kevin Newman.

Max Moroff: 0-4 (.430 OPS over last 10 games)

Jordan Luplow: 0-4

Kevin Newman: 2-4

Kevin Kramer: 0-4

Jacob Stallings: 1-3

Jose Osuna: 0-4

--Altoona(26-24) came back late to beat Hartford 4-3. Taylor Hearn started for the Curve and held Hartford scoreless through five innings but ran into trouble in the 6th after back to back walks loaded the bases loaded. That was followed by a bases clearing double which gave Hartford a 3-1 lead. But Altoona made yet another late game comeback. Logan Hill hit a 2 run homer in the top of the 7th to tie the game at 3-3. Stephen Alemais gave the Curve a 4-3 lead in the top of the 8th when he drove in Jordan George with a one out double. The big story of the night offensively was Ke’Bryan Hayes who was 4-5 with 3 doubles. Hayes has an OPS of 1.126 over his last 10 games and has raised his OPS on the season to .755. Montana Durapau made a strong return from his suspension pitching 2 scoreless innings with 4 strikeouts to record his first save of the year.

Taylor Hearn 5.2 IP, 3 earned runs, 6 Ks

Jason Martin: 0-4

Stephen Alemais: 2-4, 2 doubles

Cole Tucker: 0-5

Bryan Reynolds: 0-4

Will Craig: 0-4, 3Ks

--Bradenton(27-22) defeated Charlotte 8-4. The big news surrounding this game was the return of Jung Ho Kang who started at 3b. Cam Vieaux took the hill for the Marauders and turned in a solid start aside from 2 solo homers. He went 6 innings allowing 3 runs to go along with 8 Ks. Jared Oliva lead off the game with a single and Kang walked in his first plate appearance back setting up a RBI single for the red hot Albert Baur(1.317 OPS over last 10 games) which drove in Oliva. Oliva is quietly putting together a very solid year. While he is 22 years old he came into tonight’s game with a WRC+ of 134 and an ISO of .194 with solid plate discipline. Oliva has decent speed and some scouts think he has a chance to stick in CF. The question was his bat- so far, so good. Getting back to the game, Kang would come into score on an Alfredo Reyes sacrifice fly to give Bradenton a 2-0 lead. Charlotte tied the game 2-2 in the top of the 3rd but Bradenton added 3 more in the bottom half to take a 5-2 lead and coasted to an 8-4 victory. In the plate appearances I saw Kang seemed to be getting a lot offspeed stuff. He did look a bit rusty vs a few fastballs as he seemed a tad late with a few fouled off as well as a couple swings and misses. Obviously it’s still very early in the process.

Jared Oliva: 2-4

Jung Ho Kang: 0-3, 2 walks, 2 Ks

Albert Baur: 2-4, double

Tyler Gaffney: 2-4, double

-- West Virgina(25-24) was blown out 10-3 by Greensboro. Gavin Wallace started and threw 3 scoreless innings but did not come out for the 4th. I’m not sure if there was an injury but it seems like an unfortunate possibility at this point in time. Evan Piechota replaced Wallace and was rocked for eight runs in 3 innings. Cal Mitchell hit his 7th homer in the bottom of the 9th.

Oneil Cruz: 1-4

Rodolfo Castro: 2-4, double

Cal Mitchell: 1-4, homerun(7)

Mason Martin: 0-4, 2 Ks (OPS of .218 over last 10 games)