The DSL Pirates weren't scheduled to play.
-- Indianapolis thrashed Toledo, 12-1. Angel Sanchez continued to make his case for a return to the 40-man roster, allowing just a run on four hits in six innings. He walked one and fanned five. Keon Broxton and Willy Garcia seem to be figuring things out. Each went 3-5, with Garcia posting a double and two RBIs, and Broxton driving in three. Garcia is 11-21 in his last five games, Broxton 9-22 in his last six. Elias Diaz was 2-4 with a double and Alen Hanson 1-4 with three runs scored.
-- Steven Brault (pictured) threw six strong innings as Altoona topped Richmond, 4-2. Brault gave up one run on five hits. He walked none and struck out six. Max Moroff went 3-5 with a double and Josh Bell was 1-3 with two walks.
-- Bradenton beat Lakewood, 3-1. Frank Duncan gave up one run on eight hits and no walks over seven innings. He struck out three. Edwin Espinal went 3-4 and Michael Fransoso 2-3 with a double. Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire were each 1-4.
-- The West Virginia Power beat Lexington, 7-2. Stephen Tarpley gave up just one run in six innings. He allowed five hits and a walk, and struck out eight. Chase Simpson reached base four times, going 2-2 with a triple and two walks. Cole Tucker went 1-3 and Jordan Luplow hit his seventh HR and drove in three. Luplow is slugging .608 in July after failing to top .386 in any previous month.
-- The West Virginia Black Bears lost the first game of their doubleheader with Auburn, 6-4. All the Auburn runs came in the 1st inning off starter Cesilio Pimentel, who retired only one batter. Jonathan Minier let three inherited runners score, but managed not to allow any runs of his own in four and two-thirds innings. He struck out five. Mitchell Tolman was 2-3 with a double and Danny Arribas 2-2. Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer each went 1-4. Casey Hughston was 1-3 with a double. Since his nightmarish 1-for-43 start, Hughston is 10-31 (.323).
The Bears took the second game, 3-1, behind a good start from Juan Paula (who previously was listed as Luis Paula). He gave up one run on six hits in five and two-thirds innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. Sean Keselica got the last four outs, all via strikeouts. Ty Moore was 2-3 with a double. He and Logan Hill each drove in a run, giving them a combined 45 RBIs in the team's first 28 games. Newman and Kramer each went 1-3.
-- Bristol lost to Danville, 5-4, in eleven innings. Starter Logan Sendelbach gave up a run on two hits and two walks in five innings. He fanned five. Trae Arbet went 2-4 with his second HR. He's now hitting .396, although he's striking out in a third of his at-bats. Tomas Morales also had two hits.
-- The GCL Pirates took the first game of a doubleheader with the Tigers, 3-1, in eight innings. Ke'Bryan Hayes singled in the game winner and later scored on a single by Sam Kennelly. Hayes and Michael De La Cruz both went 2-3, with De La Cruz collecting a double and triple. Luis Benitez went 2-2. Starter Nicholas Economos allowed one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. He fanned five.
The Pirates lost the second game, 5-0. Starter Nestor Oronel failed to get out of the first inning. After retiring the first two batters, he gave up a hit and four walks. Reliever Yunior Montero then walked in another run. The Bucs had only one hit, a double by De La Cruz. Hayes walked in his first plate appearance and came out of the game a couple innings later. He finished the day hitting .417.