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Cannonballs coming: Keller struggles in class A but Bradenton mounts big comeback

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Very light action today. With the entire Dominican Summer League rained out, only two Pirate affiliates were in action.

— Mitch Keller went to Bradenton (43-41) to get in some work during the AAA All-Star break and he continued to look less than major-league-ready. Keller needed 73 pitches to get through four innings against Lakeland. He gave up seven singles, although most were ground balls, so he didn’t exactly get hammered. Keller walked one and struck out two, and was charged with two runs, one unearned. Relievers Adam Oller and Jordan Jess did get hammered, allowing eight runs over three innings. The Marauders, though, rallied from a 9-4 deficit for an 11-10 win. Bligh Madris (pictured) led the offense, going 3-5 with a double, his seventh home run and four RBIs. Albert Baur added his tenth homer, which came with two on board. Brett Pope reached base in all four plate appearances, with a single, a double and two walks. Sean Rodriguez played short and went 0-4.

Jared Oliva: 1-5
Adrian Valerio: 1-4, BB
Ronny Agustin: 2 IP, BB, 3 K, Sv

— Bristol (10-10) got pummeled by Pulaski, 11-2. Will Kobos, drafted in round 19 this year, gave up five runs, four earned, in two-plus innings. The pitchers drafted by the Pirates so far have struggled as a group. They have a collective ERA of 5.68 and WHIP of 1.60. (Keep in mind that these are all college draftees and quite a few are in rookie ball, either at Bristol or in the GCL.) The Pirates went with a Sunday lineup and it didn’t work out too well, as they had five errors and just four hits. Chase Lambert was 2-3 with a walk. Conner Uselton went 0-3 with a walk.