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Cannonballs Coming: Greensboro stays hot at the plate

A couple of injury notes:

  • J.T. Brubaker went on the injured list with a forearm strain. He left a start about a week and a half ago when he felt a twinge, then had his next start put off about four days. He threw five innings in that one, but evidently it didn’t end up so well. Dario Agrazal was promoted to take his place in the rotation.
  • Oneil Cruz sustained a foot fracture when a runner slid into him while he was turning a double play. He’ll obviously be out quite a while.

— Indianapolis (12-10) came from behind three times to edge Charlotte, 9-8. Indy scored in every inning but one and came back from three runs down by scoring one run in each of the last four innings. Erich Weiss hit his second home run in the top of the ninth for the winner. Steve Baron went 4-5 with two doubles, and Nick Franklin 2-2 with his second home run, two walks and three runs. I thought Franklin could conceivably be a fallback at shortstop at some point, but he’s playing second now while Jake Elmore, who’s really more of a second baseman himself, plays short. Alex McRae gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks in three and two-thirds innings. He now has an ERA of 7.13, but the Pirates still seem obsessed with him. Montana DuRapau threw two scoreless innings to get the win. He has yet to allow an earned run, and has a WHIP of 0.62 and a K/9 of 11.1.

Will Craig: 1-4
Kevin Kramer: 0-4, BB, 3 K
Jesus Liranzo: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 BB, K

— Altoona (11-11) blew a 6-2 lead in the top of the eighth, but got a two-run double from Bligh Madris in the bottom half to beat Richmond, 8-6. The Curve went with a bullpen game and Yeudy Garcia lasted three and two-thirds, giving up six hits and two runs. Matt Eckelman gave up the four runs in the eighth, which got him a win. Mitchell Tolman was 3-4 with a triple and his second home run. Hunter Owen 2-4 with a double and his sixth home run. He’s now batting 329/400/671, but with a 26:7 K:BB ratio.

Jared Oliva: 2-4, 2B
Madris: 2-5, 2B

— Dylan Busby had a bizarre game as Bradenton (16-8) beat Daytona, 10-6. Busby went 2-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs. He’s got eight longballs and is batting 231/378/677, although with a 27:9 K:BB. Busby also, however, committed four errors, with two of them coming on the game’s first two plays. The Marauders had six errors in all, five of them coming with starter Max Kranick on the mound. Despite having to throw who knows how many extra pitches, Kranick got through five innings, allowing one earned and two unearned runs. He gave up five hits and a walk, and fanned five. Travis Swaggerty went 3-5 and Chris Sharpe 1-2 with three walks. Catcher Deon Stafford made his first appearance of the season; he’d been out due to an oblique injury. It could have gone better, as he went 0-5 with four strikeouts and an error.

Jose Osuna: 0-3, 2 BB
Cal Mitchell: 1-4, 3 RBI

— Greensboro (14-9) exploded for nine runs in the first inning and pounded Hagerstown, 14-4. By the end of the inning, every player in the Grasshoppers’ lineup had reached base at least once. The inning was capped by a Jonah Davis (pictured hitting the granny) grand slam, his second home run. That was his only hit in six ABs. Chase Lambert went 3-5 with his first home run, although it was assisted by a stiff wind. Rodolfo Castro homered for the second straight game, his fourth on the season. He went 2-4, as did Grant Koch, Zack Kone and Fabricio Macias. The game worked wonders for Greensboro’s struggling hitters, as three got their averages to or above the Mendoza Line and one got his over .100. Alex Manasa went seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Mason Martin: 1-6, 4 K
Connor Kaiser: 1-1
Brett Kinneman: 2-5