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Cannonballs coming: Taylor Hearn dominates

Bradenton was off, West Virginia was rained out, and the GCL and DSL teams don’t play on Sundays.

— Indianapolis (52-46) blew a two-run lead in the ninth, but still beat Charlotte and old friend Rob Scahill in eleven innings, 6-4. Mitch Keller had another subpar start. He gave up only two runs and fanned seven, but he lasted only four innings because he wasn’t throwing strikes. Keller allowed three hits, walked four and threw only 48 of 87 pitches for strikes. Alex McRae failed to hold a 4-2 lead in the ninth. Jesus Liranzo got the win by stranding two of McRae’s runners and then stranding the phony runner on second in both the 10th and 11th. Liranzo went two and a third, giving up just a walk and striking out two. The Indians had only six hits but drew eight walks. Jose Osuna went 1-3 with his fifth AAA home run and two walks.

Kevin Kramer: 2-5
Kevin Newman: 1-5
Austin Meadows: 0-4, BB
Adam Frazier: 0-3, BB
Chris Bostick: 1-5

— Taylor Hearn (pictured) threw six shutout innings, but Altoona (51-45) lost to Reading, 6-5, in eight innings in the first game of a doubleheader. Hearn allowed three hits and two walks, fanned nine, and threw 62 of 95 pitches for strikes. Unfortunately, Altoona’s bullpen had yet another meltdown, blowing a 4-0 lead in the seventh. Tate Scioneaux gave up three runs and had two on with two out and a 2-2 count when a rain delay hit. After the delay, Matt Eckelman came on and promptly gave up a game-tying hit. In the eighth, Will Craig tripled in the fake run but got thrown out trying to stretch it into a home run. In the bottom half, though, an error by Alfredo Reyes let two runs score to end the game. The Curve had only six hits, with Jordan George and Reyes each going 2-3. Ke’Bryan Hayes was 1-2 with a double and a walk, and Craig 1-4 with the triple.

Cole Tucker: 0-4
Bryan Reynolds: 0-4

The second game was canceled.

— Morgantown (13-22) blanked Williamsport, 4-0, in the first game of a doubleheader. Fourth round pick Aaron Shortridge had his best outing, allowing two hits and no walks over five innings, and fanning seven. Connor Kaiser was 2-2 with a double and a walk, Zack Kone 1-2 with a double and a walk, and Mike Gretler 2-4 with a double. Travis Swaggerty was 1-3 with a double and two strikeouts.

Brett Kinneman: 0-4
Grant Koch: 1-3

The Black Bears went with a Sunday lineup, sitting most of their better players and losing game two, 2-0. Sixth round pick Michael Flynn had his best start, in fact the first in which he got past four innings. He gave up a run in five innings, on four hits and a walk. Flynn fanned six. The Morgantown subs had five hits and whiffed a dozen times in the seven-inning game. Nick Valaika was 2-3.

— Bristol (13-17) lost to Kingsport, 8-4. The Pirates wasted a good start by Steven Jennings, who gave up one earned and one unearned run in six innings. He allowed four hits, walked none and struck out three. The Pirates had only four hits but drew 11 walks. Jonah Davis was 2-5 with two doubles. Mason Martin was 1-2 with three walks and Conner Uselton 0-3 with two walks. Bristol had five errors.