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Cannonballs coming: Braxton Ashcraft makes his debut

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— Tanner Anderson didn’t have the best day. He blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth and a four-run lead in the bottom of the 10th, and Indianapolis (59-49) went on to lose to Columbus, 10-9, in 12 innings. Dovydas Neverauskas, who let the last two of Anderson’s runs score in the 10th, gave up the bogus run in the bottom of the 12th. The Indians had failed to score in the top of the inning despite having runners at the corners with no outs. Starter Clay Holmes gave up seven hits and three walks in five innings, but managed to allow only two runs while fanning seven. Kevin Kramer went 4-6 with a double, his 12th home run and four RBIs. Kevin Newman was 3-6 with a double. Jason Martin was 1-5 with a walk and his second AAA home run.

— Altoona (56-48) got hammered by Harrisburg, 11-3. Cam Vieaux had a rough start, allowing seven runs in six innings. Nick Burdi threw one inning, getting the side in order, with one strikeout, on seven pitches. Jordan George went 2-3 with a double and a walk, and Bryan Reynolds 1-3 with two walks. Will Craig was 1-5 with a double and his 85th RBI. Ke’Bryan Hayes was 1-5 with a double and Cole Tucker 0-5.

— Bradenton (48-52) lost to St. Lucie, 4-1. James Marvel had a good start, allowing a run on just two hits and a walk in six innings. He fanned five. The Marauders had only four hits, all singles, half of them by Jared Oliva. He went 2-4.

— West Virginia (54-49) beat Columbia, 3-1, on back-to-back triples by Robbie Glendinning and Fabricio Macias in the top of the tenth inning. Glendinning finished 1-4 and Macias 1-3 with a walk. The Power had only four hits, with Oneil Cruz going 0-3 with a walk, Lolo Sanchez 0-4 and Cal Mitchell 1-4. Starter Hunter Stratton gave up a run in five innings on just three hits and two walks. Beau Sulser threw three and two-thirds scoreless innings to get the win. He gave up two hits, walked nobody and fanned seven.

— Morgantown (16-28) lost for the sixth time in seven games, 4-2, to Auburn. Starter Alex Manasa gave up all the runs on eight hits in six innings. The runs both came on Travis Swaggerty’s fourth home run. He went 1-4.

— Bristol (18-20) blew a two-run, ninth inning lead, but beat Bluefield on a walkoff error, 7-6, in ten innings. Jonah Davis went 2-4 with a triple and a walk, and Brendt Citta 2-5 with a double. Davis is still raking, with a 1.092 OPS. Conner Uselton was 1-1 with a walk before leaving for a pinch hitter. Sherten Apostel went 1-5 with a double and three strikeouts, and Mason Martin 0-5. Starter Oliver Garcia gave up three runs in five innings.

— Second-round pick Braxton Ashcraft (pictured) made his pro debut as the GCL Pirates (14-19) got blanked, 2-0, in the first game of their doubleheader against the Yankees East. Ashcraft didn’t have the best outing, giving up two runs in two innings, but it was the first time he’d pitched in quite a while. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out one. Juan Henriquez followed with five shutout innings. The Pirates had only five hits. Jack Herman was 1-3 with a double and Samuel Inoa 0-3.

The Pirates won big in the second game, 12-4. They had 13 hits, all but one of them by college draftees who are old for this level. Patrick Dorrian and Justin Harrer each went 3-4. Dorrian had a double and a triple, and Harrer had a triple and his fifth home run. Steven Kraft was 2-5 with his second home run and four RBIs. Nick Patten added his second home run, and Matt Morrow was 2-3 with a double and three runs. Herman went 1-4 with a walk. Starter Randy Jimenez gave up four runs, three earned, in three innings. Wilmer Contreras followed with four shutout innings.

— The DSL Pirates1 (24-26) walloped the Red Sox2, 11-1. The Pirates had only seven hits, but had help from five walks, four hit batsmen and five errors. Also, there were six wild pitches by one Red Sox pitcher who lasted only a third of an inning. Really. Juan Pie (17) went 1-2 with a walk and three RBI. Yoyner Fajardo (19) was 2-4 and Norkis Marcos (17) 1-5 with a double. Three Pirates pitchers combined to allow only two hits. Starter Yoelvis Reyes (18) gave up one run on two hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out four. Yerry De Los Santos (20) threw three perfect innings, striking out two.

— The DSL Pirates2 (20-30) lost to the Giants, 4-3. Starter Denny Roman (19) gave up three runs, one of them unearned, in four innings. He did fan six and now has 35 Ks in 19.2 IP. Daniel Angulo (19) went 2-3 with a walk.