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Cannonballs coming: Taylor Hearn has strong outing

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

--Indianapolis (30-27) beat Rochester 8-0. J.T. Brubaker pitched 6 innings scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 3.09. While his results have been very good since his promotion, he is walking over 5 per 9 and has a WHIP of 1.69. One has to imagine the walks will catch up to him if he doesn’t get them under control. The Indy offense collected 13 hits including homeruns from Chris Bostick(4) and Max Moroff(2). Bostick has an .889 OPS so far this season. Jesus Liranzo worked 2 scoreless innings in relief with 4 Ks.

J.T. Brubaker: 6 IP, 4 Ks, 4 walks

Kevin Newman: 1-5, double

Chris Bostick: 3-4, homerun(4), walk

Max Moroff: 1-3, homerun(2), walk

Jordan Luplow: 3-5, double

Wyatt Mathisen: 2-5, double

--Altoona(28-27) outlasted Reading 1-0. Taylor Hearn turned in his best start of the season pitching 7 scoreless innings with 9 strikeouts. He walked two and allowed four hits(one of which was a bunt single). Hearn struck out the first four batters swinging. He was completely dominant early in this game and Reading looked overmatched. Hearn was generating a multitude of swinging strikes with both his fastball and slider. Ranger Suarez, the 11th rated prospect in the Phillies system, was just as good matching Hearn with nine Ks and only allowing two hits. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth when former New England Patriot Tyler Gaffney hit a groundball to center to score Stephen Alemais and give the Curve a walkoff victory.

Cole Tucker: 1-4

Jason Martin: 2-4

Will Craig: 0-4

Ke’Bryan Hayes: did not play

--Bradenton(30-25) lost again to Florida 4-3. James Marvel worked seven innings allowing three runs. Lucas Tancas hit his second homer of the year in the third inning and the Marauders jumped out to a 2-0 lead. But Florida plated two runs in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. The Fire Frogs would add two more in the sixth on a two run homer from Brett Cumberland. The Marauders cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth on a RBI single from Alfredo Reyes but would go on to lose 4-3. Scooter Hightower worked two scoreless innings in relief with 4 strikeouts. Hightower turns 25 in a few months but has put together a very strong year so far as a reliever and is striking out almost 10 per 9 with a WHIP of .83.

Jung Ho Kang: did not play

Mitchell Tolman: 1-4, double

Lucas Tancas: 1-3, homerun(2)

Alfredo Reyes: 2-3

--West Virginia(29-26) defeated Lexington 5-1. Gavin Wallace turned in an excellent start going eight innings only allowing a single run with 8 Ks. The Power took a 2-0 lead in the third when Brett Pope scored on a wild pitch and Cal Mitchell came home on a Deon Stafford RBI double . Ben Bengtson had a two run double in the seventh and Oneil Cruz added a RBI in the eighth inning.

Oneil Cruz: 2-4

Cal Mitchell: 1-3, walk

Deon Stafford: 2-4, double

Mason Martin: 1-3, walk

--The DSL Pirates1(2-3) defeated the DSL Rays2 9-3. The Pirates1 scored eight runs in the last three innings.

Carlos Arroyo: 1-4, homerun(1), 2 walks

Jommer Hernandez: 3-5, triple

Joseivin Medina: 2-5, double

Luis Nova: 3.1 IP, 5 Ks

--The DSL Pirates2 finally decided to show up in my MILB scores. Apparently they haven’t been playing too well as they are 0-5. They lost again today to the DSL Mariners 10-4.

Angel Basabe: 1-4, triple, walk (now batting .375)

Darwin Baez: 2-4, double

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