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Cannonballs coming: Offensive outbursts by Indianapolis and Bradenton

The Pirates have placed Mitch Keller on the minor league disabled list due to back tightness, which caused him to leave his last start. The problem is not expected (sub. req’d) to be significant.

— Indianapolis (26-20) got big games from Austin Meadows and Max Moroff in an 11-6 win over Rochester. Meadows was 2-4 with a walk, his third HR, three runs and three RBIs. Moroff was 2-5 with a double, his 13th HR and three RBIs. Cody Dickson, whose starts generally mean bullpen games, gave up four hits and three walks in just three innings, but only two runs. Edgar Santana had his worst outing of the season, giving up six hits and three runs in two and a third innings. (This series provides a chance to follow the heroic adventures of future Hall of Famer ByungHo Park, for whom the Pirates should have traded Josh Bell. Park went 0-4 and is now batting 233/282/438. In AAA.)

Chris Bostick: 2-5, 2B
Elias Diaz: 1-4, 2B, BB
Phil Gosselin: 1-5
Eric Wood: 2-4, 2B, BB
Barrett Barnes: 0-2, BB (batting .118)
Pat Light: IP, H, R, 2 K
A.J. Schugel: IP, BB

— Altoona (24-21) blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth and lost its sixth straight game, 4-3, to Erie. Jonathan Brubaker had a good start, allowing just one run in five innings on three hits and two walks. He struck out three. The Pirates have adopted a policy of giving their minor league starters a break by pitching in relief occasionally and today was Tanner Anderson’s turn. He entered in the eighth and gave up three runs on four hits. The Curve’s offense continued to slump, getting only five hits. Chase Simpson hit his third HR.

Kevin Newman: 0-3, BB
Kevin Kramer: 0-3, BB
Connor Joe: 1-4, 2B
Edwin Espinal: 1-4, 2B
Jin-De Jhang: 0-4 (1-for-19 since being activated)
Sean Keselica: 2 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K

— Ke’Bryan Hayes and Cole Tucker had big days as Bradenton (29-20) hammered Jupiter, 10-2. Hayes (pictured) reached base five times, going 3-3 with two walks and three runs scored. Tucker was 2-5 with a triple and his fourth HR. Alfredo Reyes added his first HR. Kevin Krause retured from the disabled list to go 3-5 with three RBIs. Bret Helton survived three walks and two runs in the first inning to go five, finishing with two hits and four walks allowed, and four strikeouts.

Will Craig: 2-5
Logan Hill: 2-5, 2B
Christian Kelley: 2-5, 3 RBI
Casey Hughston: 1-5, 2B, 4 K
Daniel Zamora: 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K
Seth McGarry: IP, 2 K

— Playing for the first time in five days, West Virginia (22-22) split a doubleheader with Hagerstown. The Power took game one, 2-1. Adrian Valerio and Ty Moore each went 1-3 with RBI singles. With the entire pitching staff needing work, West Virginia used four pitchers in the seven-inning game. Starter James Marvel gave up a solo HR in three innings, allowing three hits and no walks overall, with one strikeout. Luis Escobar, normally a starter, threw one inning in relief, giving up a hit and striking out one. It was his first action in eight days.

The Power lost game two, 5-2. Oddy Nunez, pitching for the first time in ten days, gave up a double, walk and HR to the first three batters, but settled down to retire twelve straight after that, six on strikeouts. Carlos Munoz went 2-3 with his fourth HR.

Valerio: 1-3
Moore: 1-3
Brent Gibbs: 1-2, 2B, BB (7-for-21 since being activated)