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Cannonballs coming: Brandon Waddell, James Marvel and Cody Bolton have strong starts

— Brandon Waddell had an oustanding start as Indianapolis (49-40) shut out Toledo, 8-0. Waddell has mostly struggled since his promotion to AAA, but in this one he gave up just two hits and a walk over seven innings, while fanning nine. Jesus Liranzo and Dovydas Neverauskas each threw a scoreless inning to finish it out. Pablo Reyes hit his fourth AAA home run with two on board and Sean Rodriguez, playing second, hit his second homer in AAA and walked twice. Kevin Kramer and Jason Martin each went 2-4 with a double. Kramer is batting 280/342/480 and Martin is hitting 302/318/488 since his promotion.

Kevin Newman: 0-4
Jose Osuna: 1-4
Jacob Stallings: 2-4

— In the first game of its doubleheader with Erie, Altoona (47-40) blew a two-run lead in the seventh and went on to lose, 8-7, in 11 innings. Cam Vieaux lasted only four innings, giving up three runs on six hits in four innings. He walked none and fanned six. Geoff Hartlieb gave up two hits and three walks to blow a 5-3 lead in the seventh. Cole Tucker went 2-5 with his third home run, Logan Hill 2-4 with three RBIs, and Bryan Reynolds 2-4 with two doubles and a walk. Will Craig was 1-3 with two walks and Stephen Alemais 0-5. Ke’Bryan Hayes has been away for the Futures Game.

The Curve got all their runs on a pair of longballs in the fifth inning and won the second game, 5-1. Craig drove in three with his 13th home run and Tyler Gaffney drove in the other two with his second since his promotion. Craig finished 1-4 and Gaffney 2-3. Tucker went 1-4, Alemais 1-3 with a walk, and Reynolds 1-2 with two walks. Scooter Hightower threw four shutout innings in a spot start. He gave up four hits and a walk, and struck out three.

— James Marvel gave up just two unearned runs in seven innings as Bradenton (45-42) beat Daytona, 8-2. Marvel allowed just four hits, walked nobody and struck out six. He’s given up just three earned runs over 27 innings in his last four starts. Hunter Owen led the offense with a grand slam and Albert Baur went 2-4 with a three-run home run. The longballs were the 11th for each. Brett Pope went 4-4 and is batting .400 in 35 at-bats with the Marauders.

Bligh Madris: 2-4, 3B, BB
Jared Oliva: 1-4, 2B, BB
Adrian Valerio: 0-5

— Converted outfielder Elvis Escobar gave up single runs in the eighth and ninth to blow a two-run lead and West Virginia (48-39) lost in the tenth, 5-4, to Hickory. The Power wasted a strong start by Cody Bolton (pictured), who gave up two runs, one earned, in seven innings while striking out nine. Bolton allowed five hits and a walk. Oneil Cruz and Cal Mitchell each went 1-5, with Cruz getting a double. Fabricio Macias went 1-3 with a walk. Power hitters struck out 16 times.

— Morgantown (11-16) rested all the Pirates’ earlier-round draftees and the result was a two-hit, 2-0 loss at the hands of Hudson Valley. Alex Manasa gave up only a run in six innings, but he took the loss. Zack Kone made his pro debut, playing short and going 0-4 with two strikeouts. Conner Loeprich threw a perfect inning and now has allowed just one earned run, three hits and four walks in nine and a third innings, with 11 strikeouts.

— Bristol (11-12) lost to Pulaski, 8-1. Starter Oliver Garcia last just two-thirds of an inning; he allowed only two runs, but it took him 36 pitches to get that far. The Pirates’ offense had just six singles. Jonah Davis, Mason Martin and Sherten Apostel each went 1-3.

— The GCL Pirates (8-11) got stomped by the Phillies West, 10-2. Starter Randy Jimenez lasted just one inning and gave up four runs. Rehabbing catcher Rafelin Lorenzo accounted for the offense with a two-run home run. Jean Eusebio was 0-4 and Fernando Villegas 1-3 with a walk.

— The DSL Pirates1 (17-19) got outhit, 12-4, but still beat the Red Sox2, 4-3. Yandy Vega (19) gave up ten hits and three runs over four innings, but five different relievers threw a scoreless inning apiece. Shortstop Norkis Marcos (17) went 1-1 with four walks. Daniel Rivero (17) went 1-4 with a walk and Juan Pie (17) 1-3.

— A late rally fell short as the DSL Pirates2 (14-21) lost to the Mariners, 7-6. Willy Basil (21) had a rough start, giving up six runs in three and a third innings. Tilsaimy Melfor (17) and Eduar Ramirez (17) each went 2-5.