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Cannonballs coming: Sherten Apostel homers twice for second time in three games

One news item: The Pirates have released left-handed reliever and long-time minor leaguer Jared Lakind. He looked like a decent prospect heading into this season, but he’s had a terrible year, with a 6.81 ERA and peripherals to match.

— Indianapolis (50-38) survived some wildness from Clay Holmes to drop Gwinnett, 3-1. Holmes walked six in five innings, but gave up only three hits and the one run. He struck out two. Oddly, it took him only 79 pitches despite all those walks. Also oddly, the run scored with just the second batter at the plate, thanks to a leadoff triple in the first, followed by a wild pitch. Holmes stranded five runners and got three double plays, one of them of the line-drive variety. Eric Wood homered, his 11th, with a man on in the first to provide all the offense until Eury Perez hit his first in the ninth. Perez finished 4-4. Dan Runzler returned from the disabled list to throw a scoreless inning in relief. He fanned three and gave up two hits. Gift Ngoepe returned to Indy, his first game in AAA following a hamstring issue. He went 1-4.

Chris Bostick: 1-3
Edgar Santana: 0.2 IP, H
Dovydas Neverauskas: Faced one batter for the save

— Altoona (46-40) swept a doubleheader from Akron. The Curve won game one, 6-4. Pablo Reyes, Logan Hill and Edwin Espinal all went 2-4. Hill had two doubles and Espinal one. Tomas Morales was 2-2 with two doubles and Jerrick Suiter hit his sixth HR, one more than he hit in all of 2016 in three times as many ABs. Austin Coley gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked two and fanned six. Yeudy Garcia muddled through two innings for the save. He gave up a run on two hits and four walks, while striking out two.

Kevin Newman: 1-4
Wyatt Mathisen: 1-3

The Curve won game two, 5-1. They went with a bullpen game, getting three scoreless innings from Sean Keselica and two from Tate Scioneaux. Brandon Cumpton went an inning and a third, giving up the only run. Montana DuRapau got the last two outs for the save. Espinal hit his tenth HR.

Newman: 1-4
Hill: 1-2, 2 BB (batting 323/421/548 in nine games since promotion)
Suiter: 1-2, BB
Mathisen: 0-3

— Bradenton (47-36) beat Tampa, 5-4, in ten innings on a walkoff single by Mitchell Tolman (pictured), driving in Casey Hughston, who had singled and moved up on a bunt. Pedro Vasquez started and survived ten hits and two walks in six innings. He managed to allow just two runs. Vasquez struck out three. Tolman also homered, his fifth, while going 2-6 with three RBIs. John Bormann was 3-4 with a double and the critical bunt in the tenth. Hughston was 2-5.

Will Craig: 2-5, 2B
Christian Kelley: 0-2, 2 BB

— West Virginia (37-45) got blanked, 2-0, by Rome. The Power had just five hits and drew no walks. Eduardo Vera went seven innings, allowing both runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out one.

Hunter Owen: 0-3
Brent Gibbs: 1-3

— A report on Morgantown’s (12-7) game is here.

— Bristol (4-13) blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth and lost to Pulaski, 5-3. Travis MacGregor had a good start, allowing one run over four and two-thirds innings. He gave up three hits and a walk, and struck out five. Paul Brands was 2-4 with his second HR.

— The GCL Pirates (2-10) continued to struggle, losing their eighth straight, 3-1, to the Yankees West. Shane Baz’ second pro start was cut a bit short by control problems. Baz went 1.2 IP, giving up a hit and walking three while striking out one. He was charged with one run, which scored after he was out. Dany Hernandez, a low-profile signee from Cuba, made his debut with the Pirates, going two and a third innings. He allowed no runs on one hit, while striking out two.

Lolo Sanchez: 1-3, BB
Rodolfo Castro: 0-3, BB
Jeremias Portorreal: 0-4 (3-for-33 in last nine games)

— The DSL Pirates (19-12) beat the Rays2, 7-4, in ten innings. Starter Oliver Garcia allowed no runs or hits over five innings. He was charged with two runs, both unearned. He walked two and struck out four. The sequence for the two runs, which scored in the fourth, was:

K, HBP, SB/E-2, FC/E-1, WP, LO, BB, SB, FO

Sherten Apostel had his second two-HR game in his last three. He drove in three runs, giving him 33 in 28 games. Apostel has 16 extra-base hits this year, seven more than he had in all of last year.

Jean Eusebio: 1-6, 3B
Francisco Acuna: 0-5
Samuel Inoa: 1-4, BB