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Cannonballs coming: Oddy Nunez throws eight-inning no-hitter

Pirates Prospects is reporting (sub. req’d) that Cal Mitchell has gone on the disabled list with lower back pain resulting from a swing and miss a couple days ago. He’s not expected to miss more than a week or so. He’ll be replaced by Fabricio Macias, who’ll move up from Morgantown after just two games. Jin-De Jhang, who got hit on the head by a back swing, also has gone on the DL, leaving the catching ranks even thinner.

Not a lot of action today. The GCL and DSL don’t play on Sundays, and both West Virginia teams were rained out.

— Indianapolis (40-33) lost to Durham, 2-1. With Clay Holmes called up, Casey Sadler made a spot start and threw five shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked none and fanned five. Brandon Waddell, who’s been struggling in AAA, followed and gave up two runs in two and two-thirds innings. He allowed four hits and fanned four. The Indians had seven hits, but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Max Moroff was 2-4 with a double, and drove in the only run. Jung-Ho Kang played short and went 0-4. Arden Pabst, moved up from Bradenton due to the sudden shortage in catchers, made his AAA debut and went 2-3.

Kevin Newman: 1-4
Chris Bostick: 1-4
Kevin Kramer: 1-4, 2B
Jesus Liranzo: 1.1 IP, H, BB, 2 K

— Altoona (36-33) lost to Erie, 9-4. Eduardo Vera had a middle-inning meltdown for the second straight start. This time, he gave up five in the fifth, finishing with six runs allowed in five innings. The Curve runs all scored on longballs. Logan Hill, who’s been losing playing time lately, and Jordan George hit back-to-back home runs in the second, then Hill hit a two-run home run in the eighth. Hill now has 11 homers, George two. Cole Tucker was 2-5 with a double. Curve hitters fanned 14 times.

Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0-4
Jason Martin: 0-1, 3 BB
Will Craig: 0-4
Bryan Reynolds: 1-3, BB

— Oddy Nunez (pictured) threw an eight-inning no-hitter as Bradenton (36-33) beat Fort Myers, 5-0. Nunez walked two, fanned six and threw 59 of 98 pitches for strikes. The question whether he’d come back out for the ninth became moot when rain ended the game after seven and a half. Hunter Owen drove in two of the runs with a triple. He went 2-3 and also had a double. Owen has been pressed into service behind the plate with Pabst gone, so he caught a no-hitter in his second game. The other three runs scored on a bases-loaded double by Jared Oliva, who was 1-4. Bligh Madris was 1-3.

UPDATE: Bristol (3-3) lost to Elizabethton, 9-2. Steven Jennings threw shutout ball through five innings, but wore out in the sixth. He ended up being charged with four runs, three earned, in five and a third. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out three. Joe Jacques, this year’s 33rd round pick, let one of Jennings’ runners score and then five more of his own before the inning was over. Bristol didn’t score until the ninth. Mason Martin was 0-4, Brendt Citta 1-3 with a walk, and Connor Uselton 1-4 with three strikeouts.