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Cannonballs coming: Mitch Keller gets bombed in AAA debut

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The GCL Pirates were off.

— MItch Keller’s AAA debut could have gone better. He got hammered for eight runs on ten hits and two walks in two and two-thirds innings. He struck out three. Things were bad from the start, as the first five hitters went: double, single, double, bunt ground out, home run. That was four runs and Keller gave up another three in the second before departing in the third. Maybe the consternation over Keller not being in the majors yet was a little premature. Indianapolis (43-36) battled back and eventually tied the game on a two-out, two-run home run by Jackson Williams in the top of the ninth. Unfortunately, Josh Smoker gave up a homer to the second batter he faced in the bottom half, leaving the Indians with a 10-9 loss to Columbus. Williams was the hitting star, going 3-5 with a double as well as the longball, which was his first. Adam Frazier also went 3-5 and Pablo Reyes had two double. Jerrick Suiter had two hits and three runs scored.

Kevin Newman: 2-4, BB
Jordan Luplow: 2-4, BB
Kevin Kramer: 2-3, BB (ejected in sixth)
Jason Martin: 1-5, 3 K
Jesus Liranzo: 2.1 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Dovydas Neverauskas: 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K

— Altoona (41-35) went with a bullpen game again and fell behind early, 4-0. The Curve couldn’t do anything with a rehabbing Carlos Carrasco, but when he left after four innings, Altoona gradually fought its way back to a 5-5 tie in regulation. Altoona scored two in the top of the tenth, but was out of pitchers and sent in utility infielder Logan Ratledge. He not only held on for the save, he didn’t even let the bogus runner score as the Curve beat Akron, 7-5. Ke’Bryan Hayes was 2-5 with a triple, Will Craig was 2-4, and Christian Kelley was 2-4 with a double.

Cole Tucker: 0-4, BB
Bryan Reynolds: 1-3, 2 BB, 3 R
Stephen Alemais: 0-2, BB

— Oddy Nunez did not have a successful followup to his no-hitter as Bradenton (37-37) lost to Dunedin, 10-3. Nunez gave up six runs, five earned, on six hits and four walks in four innings. He struck out only one. Arden Pabst went 3-4 and Bligh Madris had a double and three RBIs in four ABs.

Jared Oliva: 0-5
Adrian Valerio: 2-4

— Oneil Cruz went 4-6 with a double as West Virginia (44-31) stomped Hagerstown, 12-4. Jesse Medrano, pressed into emergency service as a catcher, went 3-4. Chris Sharpe and Lolo Sanchez each had a single and a double. Fabricio Macias was 0-3 with a walk. Starter Hunter Stratton gave up only two runs, one earned, and three hits in four and a third innings, but he walked six. Elvis Escobar made his second pitching appearance. After failing to record an out in his first game, Escobar threw two scoreless and hitless innings. He walked one and struck out three.

— Morgantown (6-9) lost to Mahoning Valley, 8-4. Starter Alex Manasa struggled, giving up six runs on nine hits in three-plus innings. The Black Bears managed only five hits, although they did have eight walks. Brett Kinneman drew three of them while going 0-1.

— Bristol (6-5) lost to Princeton, 9-3. Like most of the day’s other starters, Steven Jennings didn’t fare well. He lasted four innings, giving up four runs, three earned, and six hits. Jennings walked one and struck out three. Dean Lockery and Mikell Granberry each went 2-4. Granberry hit his first home run. Lockery is still batting .500. Mason Martin was 1-3 with a walk.

— The DSL Pirates1 (11-14) lost to the Brewers, 5-4. Juan Pie went 3-4 and Yoyner Fajardo 2-4. They’re batting .342 and .375, respectively. Carlos Arroyo was 2-4 with a double.

Norkis Marcos: 1-4, BB
Daniel Rivero: 1-4, BB

— After taking an early 5-0 lead, the DSL Pirates2 (12-13) lost to the Mariners, 7-6. Edgar Barrios, Germin Lopez and Bryan Mateo each went 2-4. Starter Angel Suero allowed only four hits, a walk and a hit batsman over five and a third innings, but that added up to five runs. Angel Basabe played for the first time in nearly two weeks and went 1-3. He’s batting .346.