— Mitch Keller continued to show why he’s not in the majors and Indianapolis’ (71-66) playoff hopes continued to founder in a 6-5 loss to Louisville. Keller scuffled through the first two innings, which seems to be a pattern for him this year, then pitched well from the third through the fifth before getting knocked out in the sixth. He finished with four runs allowed on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings. Keller walked two and struck out six. The Indians still took a 5-4 lead into the ninth, thanks to Kevin Kramer’s 15th home run in the bottom of the eighth, but Damien Magnifico gave up two in the top of the ninth to lose it. Kramer had a huge day, going 4-5 with two doubles and four RBIs. He’s now batting 301/364/491, but he hasn’t learn to limp in a veteranly way so he has to stay in AAA. Jose Osuna was 2-4, Jordan Luplow 1-4 and Jason Martin 1-5. The Indians are now in third place, a game out of first and half a game out of second. They’re also third in the wild card standings by the exact same margins.
— Altoona (76-59), which has already clinched a playoff spot, stayed one game up in its division with a 9-5 win in 11 innings over Bowie.
James Marvel started and wasn’t overly impressive. He has a high-effort delivery and throws across his body a bit. His fastball sat at 92-93 in the first inning, but was mostly 91 after that. He cruised through two innings, but started getting hit hard in the third. His command also faltered and he had a lot of hitter’s counts. He showed a curve with good break that he commanded well. His change seemed to have some fade but wasn’t effective. Marvel ended up going six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.
Ke’Bryan Hayes was having a big game, going 4-6 with three runs scored. He showed surprising speed, beating out an infield hit in the first that I thought all the way was going to be an out. Hayes is the only player I can recall whom scouts rated with below average speed when he was drafted and above average a couple years later. He also had one nice play on a grounder that took him into foul territory.
Jin-De Jhang also had a big day, going 4-5 with two doubles and four RBIs. Will Craig got his 99th RBI on a first-inning ground out. He finished 0-4 with two walks. Bryan Reynolds was 1-5 and Stephen Alemais 2-6. The Curve somehow produced all that offense while striking out out 19 times.
— Bradenton (50-62) continued its Hurdlesque finish to the season with a 19-2 disaster against Tampa. The game was a resumption of an earlier game that was suspended after half an inning; the regularly scheduled game was canceled as it has no playoff implications. Pedro Vasquez had thrown a scoreless inning before play was stopped. Mike Wallace took over and had just a bit of trouble, giving up a dozen runs in two-plus innings. Adam Oller wasn’t much better in relief. Albert Baur went 3-4 with a double and his 13th home run. Adrian Valerio was 2-4.
— West Virginia (70-60) gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the tenth to lose to Charleston, 4-3. Starter Hunter Stratton gave up one earned and one unearned run in six innings. He allowed six hits and three walks, and struck out three. Travis Swaggerty finally woke up a bit, going 2-4 with a double and a walk. Jesse Medrano was 2-4 and drove in all three Power runs. Raul Hernandez was 2-3 with a walk and a double. Connor Kaiser was 1-4, while Cal Mitchell, Deon Stafford, Rodolfo Castro and Lolo Sanchez combined to go 0-for-14.
— The late-season emergence of Morgantown’s (31-42) offense continued in a 7-2 win over State College. Fabricio Macias went 4-5 with a triple and Zack Kone 2-4 with a double and a walk. It was Kone’s sixth straight multi-hit game. Brad Case made his Morgantown debut, allowing two runs, one unearned, on three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out two.