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Cannonballs Coming: Greensboro blasts seven home runs

— Jacob Stallings started his rehab by going deep twice and Mitch Keller had an up-and-down start as Indianapolis (11-10) beat Charlotte, 8-4. Against a team that came in averaging just under seven runs a game, Keller stormed through the first three innings, retiring nine straight, eight on strikes. Then he got hit around in the fourth and fifth. He came out after five, allowing four runs on eight hits. He walked one and fanned ten. Stallings went 2-3 with a walk and Will Craig 3-4 with a walk. Eric Wood was 3-5 with his third home run and four RBIs. Kevin Newman played short but had a rough day at the plate, going 1-5 with four strikeouts. Tyler Lyons and Clay Holmes followed Keller for two innings each, fanning four each, which gave Indy 18 for the game.

Ke’Bryan Hayes: 2-5, 2B
Kevin Kramer: 2-5, 2B
Holmes: 2 IP, H, 3 BB, 4 K, Sv

— Altoona (10-11) lost to Richmond, 8-5. Pedro Vasquez gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits in five innings. Blake Weiman took the loss as he allowed two runs in the eighth to break a 5-5 tie. The runs were both unearned due to a pair of errors that prolonged the inning. Hunter Owen continued hitting well, going 2-4 with his fifth home run. Logan Hill also went deep, his second. Jason Delay was 3-4. Jared Oliva went 0-4.

— Bradenton (15-8), beat Daytona, 4-1. Oddy Nunez gave up a run on five hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out five. Travis Swaggerty and Jose Osuna each went 2-5 with a double. Lucas Tancas was 3-4. Oneil Cruz went 1-4, then came out in the eighth for what appeared to be a defensive replacement, which would be an unusual move at this level, especially with a top prospect.

Cal Mitchell: 1-5
Blake Cederlind: IP, BB, K, Sv

— Greensboro (13-9) took advantage of a strong breeze blowing out to launch seven home runs in a 13-2 rout of Hagerstown. (There are two teams in the league with seven or fewer home runs on the season.) Connor Kaiser (pictured) and Fabricio Macias each hit a pair and each drove in four runs, while Zack Kone, Rodolfo Castro and Brett Kinneman each hit one longball. Macias, Castro and Kinneman now have three home runs apiece, while Kaiser and Kone each have two. One of Kaiser’s and one of Macias’ appeared wind blown, and Kone’s and Kinneman’s may have been. The Grasshoppers had only three hits that stayed in the yard and only one single. Despite the final score, Greensboro actually had a lot of trouble with the opposing starter, Tim Cate, who’s the Nationals’ sixth best prospect. Cate doesn’t throw hard but fooled the Greensboro hitters repeatedly with a very tough curve. He gave up three runs on two wind-blown longballs and an unearned run. Greensboro got ten runs in the last three innings off the bullpen. The power show overshadowed a strong start by Osvaldo Bido. He had a rough time initially, with two runs and three hits just four batters in, but he settled down immediately and lasted seven innings, giving up just five hits total and no walks, and striking out four. Bido threw 63 of 84 pitches for strikes and escaped any problems with the breeze because there just wasn’t much hard contact against him.

Lolo Sanchez: 1-4, BB
Mason Martin: 1-4, 2B, BB
Samuel Reyes: IP, BB, K (no runs and three hits allowed in 12.1 IP, with 16 Ks)
Nick Mears: IP, 2 K, 10P/9S (18 Ks in 10.2 IP)