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Cannonballs coming: Mitch Keller has good news/bad news start

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West Virginia’s game with Lexington was suspended with no score after three innings plus two batters. Max Kranick (pictured) had allowed just one hit while striking out six before the rains came, but he’s responsible for two runners who were on when the game was called.

— Mitch Keller got mixed results in Indianapolis’ (45-39) 5-2 loss to Louisville. Keller had one bad inning — the third — but otherwise pitched well. He allowed a solo home run in the first, then gave up four in the third. He was an out away from a scoreless frame when an infield hit extended the inning, and two walks and two doubles followed. Keller still got through six innings, allowing the five runs on six hits and four walks. He fanned ten and threw 56 of 92 pitches for strikes. The Indy batters fanned 18 times against Robert Stephenson and three relievers; Jose Osuna and Ryan Lavarnway each whiffed four times. Adam Frazier went 3-5 and drove in both runs. Jason Martin went 3-4 and Kevin Kramer 1-3 with a walk. Sean Rodriguez played short and went 0-4 with a walk. Montana DuRapau threw two scoreless inning.

— Altoona (42-39) lost to Trenton, 8-2. Spot starter Bret Helton failed to get out of the second inning. Scooter Hightower made his AA debut, striking out six but allowing three runs in three and two-thirds innings. Ke’Bryan Hayes went 3-5 with a double. He’s now batting 290/350/452 after posting a .555 OPS in April. Hayes won’t turn 22 until next January. Francisco Cervelli started his rehab, serving as DH and going 0-3 with two walks and two strikeouts. The Curve went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13.

Cole Tucker: 0-4
Will Craig: 2-3, 2 BB
Bryan Reynolds: 0-4, BB
Stephen Alemais: 1-4

— Hunter Owen drove in five runs as Bradenton (40-39) hammered St. Lucie, 9-2. Owen hit his tenth home run, a grand slam, while going 3-5. Since having an extremely rough time in April and May, Owen is batting .363 and slugging .615 since the beginning of June. Oddy Nunez gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three. Jared Oliva went 1-2 with three walks and three runs scored, while Adrian Valerio and Arden Pabst each went 2-4.

— Morgantown (9-11) beat Williamsport, 3-2, when Connor Kaiser drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Kaiser finished 2-3. Luke Mangieri was 2-4 with a double and a walk and Brett Kinneman 2-3 with two walks. Travis Swaggerty went 1-5 with a double. Starter Zach Spears failed to get out of the second inning, due largely to control problems, but Nick Economos and Juan Henriquez combined for six and two-thirds scoreless, one-hit innings in relief.

— Bristol (8-8) beat Johnson City, 6-3. Jonah Davis continued to hit like he belongs somewhere else, going 2-4 with his fifth home run. Chase Lambert was 3-4 with two doubles; he’s batting .452. Steven Jennings didn’t have a good start, coming out after he walked the first batter in the fourth. He was charged with two runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks. He struck out one.

Mason Martin: 1-3, BB
Connor Uselton: 0-4
Sherten Apostel: 2-3, 2B, BB

— The GCL Pirates (5-9) lost to the Yankees West, 4-2. Starter Noe Toribio went four innings, allowing a run on three hits and three walks. He struck out one. Steven Kraft went 3-4 with a double. Dylan Busby returned on rehab from an absence of a month and a half following a beaning. He played four innings at third and went 1-2 with a double.

Ji-Hwan Bae: 1-5
Jack Herman: 1-4

— The DSL Pirates1 (13-16) beat the Cubs1, 6-4. Ronaldo Paulino hit his fourth home run, although he struck out his other three times up. Norkis Marcos was 2-4 and Juan Pie 1-4 with a double. Daniel Rivero went 0-4 and Yoyner Fajardo 1-3 with a triple. Valentin Linarez threw three scoreless innings in relief.

— The DSL Pirates2 (13-16) lost to the Giants, 5-2. Angel Basabe was 0-2 with two walks and Pedro Castillo 2-4.