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Cannonballs Coming: Strong pitching on a slow night

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis (33-29) and Altoona (33-28) both had the night off.

Bradenton (36-25) lost a hard fought contest to Tampa 2-1. Bret Helton got the start for the Marauders and worked around three walks to give up one run on two hits through four innings. A solo home run in the bottom of the second gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Bradenton responded in the bottom of the fifth when Casey Hughston doubled home Alfredo Reyes to tie the game. Helton was followed by Logan Sendelbach and Daniel Zamora, who pitched two scoreless innings each. Zamora had a very impressive line with four strikeouts and no walks. Bradenton had a chance to seize the game in the bottom of the eighth when Logan Hill was hit by a pitch, loading the bases, but Jordan George left them that way. Seth McGarry continued Bradenton's impressive pitching with a scoreless ninth and 10th before giving way to Jess Amedee, who allowed the second run to score after giving up a leadoff single in the top of the 11th.

Ke'Bryan Hayes 0-4, 1 K, 1 walk

Will Craig 1-4, 2 K, 1 walk

Casey Hughston 2-3, double, 1 walk

West Virginia (28-32) lost to Greensboro 5-3 in 11 innings. Oddy Nunez had a very strong start, going five innings with only two hits, one run and six strikeouts. Nunez has quietly been having a stellar year. He is only 20 and has a WHIP of 0.99 and a K-BB ratio of 16 percent with a 4 percent walk rate. The Power only had five hits, with three of those coming from catcher Brent Gibbs who was 3-4 with a double. Mike Wallace came on to a pitch in a 3-3 game in the top of the 11th and allowed a two-run double.

Trae Arbet 0-5, 2 K (.483 OPS in last 10 games)

Oddy Nunez 5 IP, 2 hits, 6 K, no walks