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Cannonballs coming: Cole Tucker hits fourth home run

-- Indianapolis(57-47) beat Buffalo 6-4. Mitch Keller started for Indy and gave up four runs(2 earned) over five innings while striking out four. Keller was victimized by some poor defense and I only saw his fourth inning- what I saw was not impressive. Keller was missing his target and allowed a laser to recently traded Billy McKinney which almost left the park. He was unable to finish off a number of batters with two strikes and did not exhibit good command. Montana DuRapau replaced Keller in the sixth and threw three scoreless innings to earn the win. Indy was trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Jacob Stallings hit a three run double to put Indy ahead 6-4.

Mitch Keller: 5 IP, 6 hits, 4 Ks, 1 walk

Kevin Newman: 2-4

Jacob Stallings: 2-4, double

Ryan Lavarnway: 1-3, home run(7)

Kevin Kramer: 1-4, 3 Ks

Montana DuRapau: 3 IP, 4 Ks

--Altoona(55-47) blew out Binghamton 10-2. Eduardo Vera allowed 2 runs over 5.2 innings as he worked around seven hits and three walks. The Curve were scoring early and often as they collected 14 hits including Cole Tucker’s fourth home run. Jordan George had four hits and five RBIs to lead the way for Altoona. Bryan Reynolds(.951 OPS over last 10 games) stayed hot with a double and a single.

Cole Tucker: 2-5, home run(4), double

Bryan Reynolds: 2-5, double

Jordan George: 4-5

Will Craig: 2-4, double

Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0-3, 2 walks

--Bradenton(48-51) was scheduled for a doubleheader vs Florida but only managed 3.5 innings before the first game was suspended. By that point the Marauders had jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Dario Agrazal threw three scoreless innings in his second start for Bradenton since being demoted from Altoona. But the real story was the Bradenton offense. Hunter Owen hit his 14th home run to give the Marauders a 2-0 lead in the second to begin the onslaught. Adrian Valero(7) would also homer.

Jared Oliva: 1-2, walk

Adrian Valero: 1-2,home run(7)

Hunter Owen: 1-3, home run(14)

Bligh Madris: 1-2

The second scheduled game of the doubleheader was postponed.

-- West Virginia Power(51-49) was defeated by Asheville 4-3. Travis MacGregor was on the mound for the Power and went five innings allowing four runs while striking out six. Macgregor was victimized by two homers including a three run shot in the top of the fourth which would ultimately be the difference in the game.

Oneil Cruz: 2-4, walk

Lolo Sanchez: 1-4, double, walk

Cal Mitchell: 1-5

-- Morgantown(16-25) defeated Brooklyn 5-2. Aaron Shortridge(4th round pick in 2018 draft) was on the mound for the Black Bears and threw 2.1 scoreless innings before being replaced by Nicholas Economos. Shortridge was at 46 pitches when he was removed and one has to wonder if an injury was involved. Shortridge has been excellent this year with a 28% K-BB percentage to go with a FIP under two. Luke Mangieri(25th pick of 2018 draft) put the Black Bears up 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with his second home run of the year and Morgantown would never relinquish the lead.

Travis Swaggerty: 0-4, 2 Ks

Luke Mangieri: 2-4, home run(2)

--Bristol(16-20) was blanked 5-0 by Elizabethton. Shane Baz allowed seven hits and four runs over three innings. Brendt Citta collected Bristol’s only hit.

Shane Baz: 3 IP, 4 Ks, 1 walk

Jonah Davis: 0-4, 2 Ks

Sherten Apostel: 0-3, 2 Ks

Mason Martin: 0-3, 2 Ks

-- The GCL Pirates(13-15) defeated the GCL Tigers East 2-1 This game was tied 1-1 after nine before the Pirates walked off the win in the bottom of the 10th when Steven Kraft bunted home John Lantigua. Santiago Flores threw six scoreless innings for the Pirates.

Ji-Hwan Bae: 1-4

Steven Kraft: 2-5

Jack Herman: 0-2, walk

--The DSL Pirates1 (23-25) lost to the DSL Ray2 6-4. The Pirates1 lead 4-1 after four innings but were unable to hold on as the Rays2 scored four runs in the final three innings.

Shendrik Apostel: 2-3, double

--The DSL Pirates2 (14-22) succumbed to the DSL Royals2 9-5. Estalin Ortiz worked around four walks to only allow one run over five innings. Oliver Mateo and Carlos Campos combined to allow eight runs over three innings as the Royals2 ran away with the game.

Angel Basabe: 0-5

Daniel Angulo: 2-4