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Cannonballs coming: Cam Vieaux continues strong run for Altoona

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— Indianapolis (44-37) broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the top of the eighth and went on to beat Louisville, 7-1. Alex McRae gave up seven hits and two walks over five and two-thirds innings, but only one run. He struck out five. Sean Rodriguez started his rehab, playing third and going 2-4 with a double, so his ability to rack up veteranly strikeouts isn’t far away from returning. Kevin Kramer was 2-3 with two walks.

Kevin Newman: 1-5, 2B
Adam Frazier: 0-3, BB
Jordan Luplow: 1-5
Jason Martin: 0-3
Josh Smoker: 2 IP, H, K

— Cam Vieaux (pictured) continued pitching well as Altoona (42-36) beat Akron, 6-3. For whatever reason, Vieaux has been much more effective (1.41 ERA, 0.72 WHIP in five starts) in AA than he ever was at lower levels. In this game he threw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk, and striking out four. Logan Hill hit his 12th home run his first time up and must have scared the dickens out of the other team, because they walked him the next four times. Will Craig also hit his twelfth homer. Cole Tucker was 2-5.

Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0-5
Stephen Alemais: 1-4, BB

— Bradenton (38-38) lost to Palm Beach, 4-2, in ten innings. James Marvel fell victim to Third Time Through Syndrome. He pitched six shutout innings, then gave up a gopher ball on his first pitch in the seventh. Several more hard-hit balls followed to account for a second run, but he still threw a strong seven innings. Marvel sat at 92-93 mph with his fastball, and cranked it up to 94 when he was in trouble. He had an effective slider but did not appear to have a good third pitch. In all, he gave up nine hits, walked none and fanned seven. Angel German looked surprisingly good for a guy with an ERA hovering around 8.00. He threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, and fanning four. He threw 97-98 until he got past 20 pitches, and then dropped to 95-96. He also had a good slider. Arden Pabst, who went 1-4, doubled in a run in the first, but Bradenton didn’t get another hit until Hunter Owen tied the game with his eighth home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Jared Oliva was 1-5 and, like nearly every other hitter in the Marauders’ lineup, hit a drive to the wall that died in the oppressive atmosphere and was caught.

— West Virginia (44-33) managed only two hits in a 5-3 loss to Hagerstown. Starter Gavin Wallace gave up five runs, four earned, in seven innings. Rodolfo Castro went 1-3 with a triple and a walk.

Oneil Cruz: 0-3
Deon Stafford: 0-3
Fabricio Macias: 0-3, BB
Lolo Sanchez: 0-2, BB

— Morgantown (7-10) beat Batavia, 3-1. I’m not sure what exactly is the story with the Pirates’ sixth-round pick Michael Flynn. He was scratched from two or three starts, then made just his second start today, going only two innings. He gave up a run on three hits and a walk, and struck out three. Francis Del Orbe threw four scoreless innings in relief and Conner Loeprich fanned the side in the ninth. He has yet to allow a hit in six and a third innings. Travis Swaggerty was 1-4. Daniel Amaral went 2-5 and stole four bases, although he also struck out three times. He now has ten steals in eleven tries in eleven games. Connor Kaiser and Zach Susi each had two hits.

— Bristol (6-7) lost to Danville, 5-3. Oliver Garcia and three relievers combined to walk 11 batters in eight innings. Jonah Davis stayed hot, going 2-5. Mikell Granberry and Francisco Mepris each went 2-3. Sherten Apostel was 1-4 and Connor Uselton 0-5.

— The GCL Pirates (4-7) outhit the Braves, 8-5, but managed to lose 8-0. Luis Arrieta gave up five runs in an inning and two-thirds, but he allowed only two hits and two walks. Four of the runs were unearned. Ji-Hwan Bae went 2-3 with two walks. Jack Herman was 2-3 with one walk.

— The DSL Pirates1 (11-15) lost to the Brewers/Indians, 2-1. Yandy Vega went six innings, allowing two runs on just three hits and a walk. He struck out one. The Pirates had only three hits, although they drew ten walks and stranded a dozen runners. Juan Pie was 0-2 with three walks.

— The DSL Pirates2 (12-14) got only two hits in a 5-0 loss to the Mariners. Angel Basabe and Germin Lopez were each 1-4.