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Cannonballs Coming: The minor league season begins

We’re baaa-aaack!

— Indianapolis got trounced by Columbus, 10-4. J.T. Brubaker struggled with the strike zone and had to leave with two outs in the fifth, having thrown 94 pitches. He gave up only two runs, though, on six hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. The bullpen was a dumpster fire. Jesus Liranzo walked all three batters he faced (he got one out on a caught stealing), throwing only two of 15 pitches for strikes. Tyler Lyons retired only one of the three hitters he faced and Clay Holmes gave up four runs in one inning of work. Will Craig homered, finishing 1-3 with two walks.

Cole Tucker: 2-5, CS
Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0-4, BB
Patrick Kivlehan: 1-4, HR, BB
Kevin Kramer: 1-4, BB
Bryan Reynolds: 1-4
Brandon Maurer: 1.2 IP, BB, 3 K

— Altoona blanked Akron, 5-0. James Marvel had a marvelous (sorry) start, allowing just one hit over six innings. He walked nobody and fanned nine. Minor league free agent Vicente Campos, Scooter Hightower and Matt Eckelman each threw an inning, combining to allow just one more hit and no walks, and fanning another four. Jerrick Suiter and Robbie Glendinning each went 2-3 with a walk, and Suiter drove in two runs. Glendinning entered the game to replace Jared Oliva, who left after an outfield collision. Oliva walked his only time up. Stephen Alemais didn’t play. In fact, he’s not on the roster, so he must be hurt.

— Bradenton took a 1-0 shutout from St. Lucie. Domingo Robles and three relievers threw a three-hitter against a lineup that included Travis d’Arnaud and Todd Frazier. Robles went six, allowing two hits and no walks, with one strikeout. Blake Cederlind needed just seven pitches to get through a scoreless inning, striking out one, but Luis Escobar had a lot more trouble. He gave up a hit and two walks in his inning, but fanned Frazier to leave the bases loaded. Joel Cesar than managed to walk only one in the ninth, while striking out two. Elias Diaz caught five innings and went 0-3.

Travis Swaggerty: 2-3, BB
Oneil Cruz: 2-4
Cal Mitchell: 1-4

— Brett Kinneman (pictured) drove in four runs as Greensboro hung on for a 9-8 win over Hagerstown. Kinneman was 2-4 with a double and a two-run homerun. Steven Jennings had a rough start, giving up six runs, four earned, in four and a third innings. He allowed eight hits and a walk, while striking out four. The bullpen kept Hagerstown off the board until Logan Stoelke gave up a two-run homerun in the ninth, although he still got a cheap save. Mason Martin went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Zack Kone and Patrick Dorrian also had two hits each.

Connor Kaiser: 0-3, BB
Rodolfo Castro: 1-4, 2B
Lolo Sanchez: 0-3, SB
Samuel Reyes: 1.2 IP, H, 3 K