One minor news item: The Pirates sent Indianapolis outfielder Todd Cunningham to the White Sox for a PTBNL. Cunningham was on a minor league contract. He had just a .368 OPS in limited playing time. The return is very unlikely to be noteworthy. I’m kinda hopeful that this shows the Pirates are at least thinking of moving Jason Martin up in the near term, but it’s more likely that they’re clearing playing time for Jerrick Suiter and Pablo Reyes.
Only two games today, as Indy and Altoona were off.
— Albert Baur hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to give Bradenton (12-9) a come-from-behind, 4-3 win over Jupiter. Coming into the game, Jupiter had a 16-4 record, so they’ve been playing very well. Baur went 3-4 with three runs overall; the HR was his second. Cam Vieaux went six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out four.
Bligh Madris: 2-3
Lucas Tancas: 2-4, 2B
— Ryan Peurifoy picked a good spot for his first home run of the year, connecting in the bottom of the eighth with two on and West Virginia (11-10) trailing by a run. The Power went on to beat Rome, 10-8. Starter Gavin Wallace gave up two runs over three innings. Hunter Stratton and Blake Cederlind followed with sort-of interesting results. Between them they fanned ten in just five innings, but they also combined to allow six runs, five earned, on five hits, five walks, two hit batsmen and two wild pitches. Mason Martin (pictured) went 2-3 with a walk and his fourth HR, also a three-run shot. Rodolfo Castro went 3-4 with a triple. Deon Stafford was 2-4 with a HR, which was his second in two days and on the year. After a slow start, Stafford is now hitting 327/390/577.
Lolo Sanchez: 0-4, BB (0-for-18 in last seven games)
Cal Mitchell: 1-3, 2B, BB
Oneil Cruz: 0-3, BB
Jacob Taylor: IP, BB, K, Sv