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Cannonballs Coming: Cody Bolton dominates and Will Craig goes deep again

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— Indianapolis (6-3) continued to pummel the ball, winning its sixth straight, 9-7, over Charlotte. Starter Eduardo Vera gave up four runs in the first two innings, but settled down enough to throw three scoreless innings after that. He finished with a line of four hits, four walks and two strikeouts. Indy took a 7-4 lead, but Brandon Waddell and Brandon Maurer combined to blow it in the top of the seventh. Maurer almost got out of the inning on a highlight-reel play by Cole Tucker. He saved a run with a diving stop on a grounder up the middle, turned fully around and threw the batter out from his knees. Unfortunately, Maurer then wild pitched the tying run in, but Indy retook the lead with two in the bottom half. At the plate, Tucker went 3-5 with three runs and a steal. Will Craig hit his sixth home run, this one to the opposite field. He finished 2-4 with a walk. Gregory Polanco began the AAA leg of his rehab, going 2-5 with two RBIs and a steal. Elias Diaz caught the whole game and also went 2-5. Ke’Bryan Hayes was 1-5 with a steal. Dovydas Neverauskas returned from Bradenton to throw a perfect eighth with two strikeouts, and Michael Feliz had a 1-2-3 ninth with one strikeout.

— Altoona (6-4) dropped the first game of a doubleheader to Akron, 7-0. Starter Scooter Hightower gave up two runs in four and a third innings. The Curve had just four hits. Jerrick Suiter was 2-3 with a double, and Stephen Alemais and Bligh Madris were each 0-3.

The Curve also lost the second game, 10-7. They took a 6-2 lead into the sixth, but Tate Scioneaux and Angel German combined to give up eight runs. Scioneaux gave up six without retiring a batter. Starter Pedro Vasquez gave up two runs over five innings. Hunter Owen went 3-3 with three RBIs and his third home run. Madris was 3-4 with a double. Alemais was 1-4.

— Bradenton (7-3) got a strong start from Cody Bolton (pictured) in a 4-1 win over Dunedin. Bolton gave up a run in six innings, allowing three hits and three walks, and striking out eight. Dylan Busby stayed hot, going 2-3 with a double and a triple, and Daniel Amaral was 2-2 with a triple and a walk.

Travis Swaggerty: 0-5
Cal Mitchell: 1-4, 2B
Oneil Cruz: 0-4
Luis Escobar: IP, 2 K

— Brad Case threw six shutout innings as Greensboro (5-5) blanked Charleston, 5-1. Case allowed four hits, walked nobody and struck out seven. Cam Alldred and Conner Loeprich combined on the last three innings, striking out six. Lolo Sanchez seems to be making progress, as he went 3-4 to raise his average to .345, and stole two bases. Zack Kone was 2-4.

Ji-Hwan Bae: 0-5, played second
Connor Kaiser: 0-2, BB
Mason Martin: 0-4
Brett Kinneman: 1-4