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--Indianapolis(28-27) defeated Rochester as Brandon Wadell was much better in his second Triple A start. Waddell pitched 5.2 scoreless innings with 5 Ks. Jose Osuna drove in Chris Bostick on a RBI groundout to give Indy a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Indy would add two more runs in the sixth and ultimately coast to a 5-0 victory.

Brandon Waddell 5.2 IP, 5 Ks

Kevin Newman: 1-3, walk

Jordan Luplow: 1-5 (.446 OPS over last 10 games going into tonight)

Jose Osuna: 2-5

Kevin Kramer: 1-3, double

Altoona(26-27) lost to Reading 4-2 as Eduardo Vera squared off against the Phillies 10th rated prospect, Franklyn Kilome. Things were scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Stephen Alemais knocked in Jin-De Jhang with a RBI double to give the Curve a 1-0 lead. But Reading responded in the top half of the sixth when Darick Hall hit a two run homer off Vera. Cole Tucker singled in the bottom of the seventh and recently promoted Tyler Gaffney came into pinch run. Jason Martin then doubled home Gaffney to tie things up 2-2. The game would remain tied until the top of the ninth when Montana DuRapau allowed a two run homer to Jan Hernandez.

Eduardo Vera: 7 IP, 2 runs, 5 Ks (1.93 ERA in 2 starts since promotion)

Cole Tucker: 2-5

Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0-4

Jason Martin: 1-5, double

Bryan Reynolds: 2-4

Jin-De Jhang: 3-4

-- Bradenton(30-23) defeated Florida 7-5 Jung Ho Kang got things started in the bottom of the first when he took a two out, four pitch walk. He would come into score on an RBI single by Jason Delay to give Bradenton a 1-0 lead. Mike Wallace was on the mound for Bradenton and surrendered two runs in the the third and another on a solo homer in the fifth to give Florida a 3-1 lead. Bradenton would reclaim the lead in the bottom half of the fifth as they scored three runs. Garret Brown singled home Bligh Madris and Jared Oliva followed with a two run single to put Bradenton back on top 4-3. Bradenton would add on runs in the sixth, seventh, and eight to eventually take a 7-3 lead. It should also be noted Kang started at SS tonight and was involved in two doubleplays.

Jung Ho Kang: 0-1, 2 walks, hit by pitch (only ball put in play was solidly struck line drive)

Jared Oliva: 2-4

Bligh Madris: 2-4, double

Lucas Tancas: 2-4, homerun(1), double

--West Virginia(27-26) had a doubleheader vs Lexington. The Marauders lost the first game as Max Kranick couldn’t hold onto an early lead. Oneil Cruz put the Power on the board in the bottom of the 3rd with a two run blast (8). But after holding Lexington scoreless for four innings Kranick ran into difficulty in the fifth. Lexington scored three runs as Kranick surrendered 3 runs including a two run homer. Things didn’t get better in the sixth as Seuly Matias(11th rated prospect in Royals system slugging over .600) homered to open the inning. Kranick proceeded to walk the bases loaded without recording an out and was replaced by Matt Seelinger. Seelinger allowed all three inherited runners to score and Lexington coasted to a 7-4 victory.

Max Kranick: 5 IP, 7 earned runs

Oneil Cruz: 2-4, homerun(8)

Cal Mitchell: 1-4, double, 2 Ks

Deon Stafford: 2-4, double

Mason Martin: 1-4, double(batting .201 with an OPS of .639)

Lolo Sanchez: 1-2, triple

West Virginia won the second game in a laugher 10-1. West Virginia put 6 runs on the board in the the bottom of the 2nd as they mixed in some key hits with a multitude of walks and Lexington errors. The Power would add four more runs in the fourth to increase their lead to 10-0. Ike Schlabach had a very strong start throwing 5 scoreless innings with 8 Ks.

Oneil Cruz: 2-4, double (currently batting .292)

Cal Mitchell: 2-3, walk

Chris Sharpe: 2-3, double

The DSL Pirates 1 (1-2) lost to the DSL Indians 13-6. The Pirates amassed 16 hits and Juan Pie was 3-5 with a triple.

Ronald Paulino: 2-5, double

Daniel Rivero: 3-5

Ruben Gonzalez: 2-2