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Cannonballs coming: Justin Masterson not looking like an option

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West Virginia was off for the SAL All-Star break.  The DSL Pirates were rained out.

-- Justin Masterson struggled as Indianapolis (39-32) dropped a 12-inning game to Gwinnett, 8-7.  Probably the best thing that can be said about Masterson so far is that he's doing so badly in AAA that he probably won't get added to the toxic waste dump that the Pirates call a pitching staff.  In this game, he gave up a run in the first inning due to three walks.  Later he gave up three HRs.  He finished with five runs allowed in four and two-thirds innings on seven hits and four walks.  He struck out none and threw only 41 of 77 pitches for strikes.  The Indians managed to come back to tie the game, scoring twice in the top of the ninth on bases-loaded walks.  They finally lost when Dovydas Neverauskas surrendered a two-out, walkoff triple to former Pirate Mel Rojas, Jr.  Others:

Alen Hanson:  1-6
Austin Meadows:  0-5
Adam Frazier:  2-5, 2B, 2 BB
Josh Bell:  2-5, 2 BB
Cole Figueroa:  0-3
Willy Garcia:  1-2, 2B
Max Moroff:  2-2, 2 BB, 3 RBI
Rob Scahill:  4 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K

-- Altoona (38-31) beat Binghamton, 5-2.  Alex McRae recovered from two terrible starts after being promoted to AA by allowing just two runs in five and two-thirds innings.  He gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out two.  Reese McGuire (pictured) went 3-3 with a double, triple and walk.  Harold Ramirez was 2-4 with a walk and his second HR.  Others:

Kevin Newman:  2-5, 2B
Erich Weiss:  2-4, BB
Edwin Espinal:  2-4
Edgar Santana:  2.1 IP, 3 K
Montana DuRapau:  IP, 3 K, Sv

-- Bradenton (38-29) beat Jupiter, 6-2.  Austin Coley gave up a run on eight hits and a walk, with six strikeouts.  Kevin Kramer went 0-1 with a walk, and left for unknown reasons after hitting into a double play.  Chase Simpson added his fifth HR.  Others:

Cole Tucker:  2-4
Jerrick Suiter:  2-3, 2B
Connor Joe:  1-4, 2B

-- Morgantown (5-0) won its fifth straight, 7-2, over Batavia.  Luis Escobar's start was similar to a lot of starts we've seen in the system.  He threw four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out four, but he walked four and threw only 35 of 70 pitches for strikes.  Seventeenth round pick Matt Frawley made his pro debut with a perfect inning, including two strikeouts.  Twenty-fifth rounder Hunter Owen hit his first pro HR.  The Black Bears had only five hits but drew ten walks, three with the bases loaded.  Others:

Clark Eagan:  2-5, 2B
Stephen Alemais:  0-2, BB