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-- Nick Kingham gave up six runs in the first two innings, but Indianapolis pounded out 18 hits on their way to a 9-7 win over Columbus.  Kingham recovered enough to last five and two-thirds innings.  He was charged with all seven runs, five of them earned.  He gave up eight hits and four walks, and struck out three.  Andy Oliver faced two hitters and walked both, throwing only one of nine pitches for a strike.  Oliver isn't exactly making a good case for a September callup:  he's walked 14 in his last 13.1 IP.  Stolmy Pimentel retired six straight for a two-inning save.  Brent Morel and Tony Sanchez each went 3-4.  Jeff Decker was 3-5 with his sixth HR.  Robert Andino was 2-5 with his sixth HR.  Chris McGuiness was 2-4 with his ninth HR.  Gregory Polanco was 2-5.

-- Altoona lost to Bowie, 5-4.  Zack Dodson gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk in seven innings.  He struck out three.  Kelson Brown was 3-4 with a triple.  Stetson Allie and Drew Maggi each went 2-5.

-- Bradenton's game with Charlotte was suspended due to lightning after two innings with no score.

-- West Virginia beat powerhouse Asheville, 7-3.  Jake Burnette (pictured) made his first full-season start after struggling through a rehab at the lower levels and pitched well against by far the league's highest-scoring offense.  He gave up one run on five hits and a walk in five innings, with four strikeouts.  Henry Hirsch fanned five in two innings, but also gave up two runs.  A day after driving in seven runs, Edwin Espinal was 3-3 with a double and his seventh HR.  Francisco Diaz and Jeff Roy each had two hits, Reese McGuire hit his third HR, and Austin Meadows was 1-2 with a walk.  JaCoby Jones returned to the lineup and went 1-5 with a triple.

-- Jamestown beat Williamsport, 7-1.  Tyler Eppler allowed one run on just three hits in six innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Chase Simpson was 3-4 with a double and three RBIs.  He's 15-30 in his last eight games.  Erik Lunde was 2-3.

-- Bristol lost to Danville, 6-1.  Omar Basulto gave up five runs in five innings.  John Sever allowed one run and fanned six in four innings of relief.  Tomas Morales was 3-4 and Trae Arbet 2-4 with two doubles.

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