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— Indianapolis (40-32) beat Durham, 7-6, in walkoff fashion when Pablo Reyes drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the tenth. J.T. Brubaker had a rough start, giving up six runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings. Josh Smoker got the win with two scoreless innings in relief. He gave up two hits and a walk, struck out three, and managed to keep the bogus runner from scoring in the top of the tenth. In AAA so far, he has a 2.33 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 31 Ks in 27 IP. Ryan Lavarnway had a three-run home run, his fourth home run on the season. Jung-Ho Kang returned to the lineup and played short, going 1-4 with a walk. Kang tied the game with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth. He also got thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

Kevin Newman: 1-4, 2B
Jordan Luplow: 2-4, 2B, BB
Kevin Kramer: 2-4, BB
Max Moroff: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB
Enny Romero: IP, BB, K

— Altoona (36-32) beat Erie, 5-3. Jason “Why Am I Still Here?” Martin (pictured) was 3-5 with a double. Ke’Bryan Hayes was 1-4 with a walk and his fourth home run. Pedro Vasquez gave up three runs over five innings while striking out six. Geoff Hartlieb went two innings for the save, striking out five, including three in a ninth inning in which he loaded the bases on two hits and a walk. Jin-De Jhang left the game with an injury, which means the Pirates are getting seriously short on catchers at the upper levels.

Cole Tucker: 1-5
Will Craig: 2-5, 2B
Bryan Reynolds: 1-4, BB
Stephen Alemais: 1-3, BB

— Bradenton’s (35-33) struggling pitching staff got hammered for the third straight game by weak-hitting Fort Myers in an 8-3 loss. The Marauders took an early 3-0 lead, but starter Mike Wallace and reliever Jordan Jess got pummeled for 14 hits over a combined eight innings. Jared Oliva went 3-4 and stole his 22nd base in his 26th try. Bligh Madris was 2-4 and Casey Hughston hit his second home run.

— West Virginia (40-29) beat Hickory, 8-6. Oneil “Why the Hell Am I Still Here?” Cruz went 2-4 with a walk and his tenth home run. Brett Pope hit a three-run homer, his third longball since emerging from extended spring training. (Pope is a glove-first shortstop who slugged a whopping .238 last year at Morgantown. In 25 games with the Power he’s hitting 265/367/446.) Lolo Sanchez was 1-3 with a walk. Starter Hunter Stratton gave up two runs in six innings on four hits. He walked none and struck out six.

— Morgantown (5-4) came back from a 5-0 deficit to beat State College, 9-5. Travis Swaggerty got his first three pro hits, including a double, in four at-bats. He also scored three runs. Jhoan Herrera had an even bigger day, going 3-4 with his second home run and driving in five.

John Pomeroy: IP, H, 3 K
Logan Stoelke: 2 IP, BB, 2 K

— A day after a 19-5 loss, Bristol (3-2) blanked Elizabethton, 4-0. Sixteenth-round pick Colin Selby made his debut with three perfect innings. He struck out two. Yeudry Manzanillo followed with five innings, allowing three hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. Leandro Pina had a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. Mason Martin provided most of the offense with a pair of home runs, giving him four in five games since his demotion. He finished 2-3 with a walk and three RBIs. Sherten Apostel was 1-4 and Victor Ngoepe 1-4 with a triple.

— The GCL Pirates (2-4) survived eight errors to beat the Yankees East, 5-3. Half of those errors were committed by third baseman Steven Kraft, a recently signed non-drafted college player who was making his pro debut. Noe Toribio, one of the more promising Latin American pitchers at the lower levels, had a much better start than his first one, giving up two runs, one earned, in five innings. He allowed four hits and a walk, and fanned five. Saul De La Cruz got the save by fanning the side in the ninth after the first two batters reached on an error and a walk. In two outings so far, covering two and a third innings, he’s gotten six of seven outs on strikeouts. Fernando Villegas went 2-4 and Samuel Inoa had a two-run triple.

Jean Eusebio: 1-2, BB (batting .353)
Ji-Hwan Bae: 1-3

— The DSL Pirates1 (8-11) lost to the Rays2, 1-0, in a game shortened by rain to six innings. Starter Miguel Peralta threw four shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, and fanning six. The Pirates had just three hits.

— The DSL Pirates2 (7-12) also lost a rain-shortened game, this time five innings, also by 1-0, to the Giants. One difference, though, was that they got no-hit. Luis Peralta (unrelated to Miguel) threw three and two-thirds scoreless innings in relief. He gave up a hit and a walk, and also fanned six.