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Cannonballs coming: Travis Swaggerty and Jonah Davis go deep

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Indianapolis and Altoona are still off for their All-Star breaks. The GCL Pirates had their game suspended after two and a half innings with the Pirates trailing, 2-0.

For DSL games, I’m going to start putting the ages of the players in parentheses after their names. At this point, I know the names don’t mean a heck of a lot. They certainly don’t for me, anyway, apart from Juan Pie and Angel Basabe. So look for the guys who are 16 or 17, because they’re the ones who are most likely to turn into prospects, although this is less true for pitchers than hitters. (Edgar Santana was 22 when he signed.)

— Bradenton (43-42) pitchers walked nine batters in a 15-3 rout at the hands of Lakeland. Oddy Nunez gave up five of the walks, along with six hits and eight runs, seven earned, in four and two-thirds innings. Blake Weiman had an even worse time, getting battered for six runs in one inning of work. Adrian Valerio and Arden Pabst each went 2-4. Valerio had a double and his fourth home run, while Pabst had a triple.

— West Virginia (47-38) lost to Hickory, 9-3. Max Kranick had been pitching well, but in this start he gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out three. The offense managed only five hits, although two of them left the yard, Rodolfo Castro’s sixth and Ben Bengtson’s third.

Oneil Cruz: 0-4, 3 K
Cal Mitchell: 0-2, 2 BB
Deon Stafford: 1-4
Lolo Sanchez: 0-3

— Morgantown (11-14) scored five runs in the seventh and went on to beat Hudson Valley, 7-5. Travis Swaggerty, Edison Lantigua (pictured) and Brett Kinneman each went deep, Swaggerty’s second, Lantigua’s first and Kinneman’s career first. Swaggerty finished 2-4 with a double, Kinneman 2-4 and Lantigua 3-4 with a double. Mike LoPresti started and went five innings, allowing four runs. Three were unearned, but he did serve up two gopher balls. LoPresti gave up six hits and a walk, and struck out three.

Mike Gretler: 0-4
Connor Kaiser: 2-4
Grant Koch: 0-4

— Bristol (11-10) beat Pulaski, 6-4. Steven Jennings scuffled a little early, but ended up striking out nine over five innings. He was charged with three runs, and gave up four hits and three walks. Will Gardner got the save with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing just a walk and fanning four. Jonah Davis continued to devastate Appalachian League pitching, driving in five runs while going 2-3 with a double, his sixth home run and a walk.

Mason Martin: 1-5, 3 K
Sherten Apostel: 1-5, 2B
Conner Uselton: 1-4

— The DSL Pirates1 (15-19) lost the first game of their doubleheader to the Rays2, 5-1. After a string of five good starts, Bryan Torres (17) got hit around a little by one of the league’s best teams. He allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in five innings. Torres walked two and struck out three. Catcher Jommer Hernandez (17) and third baseman Emilson Rosado (17) each went 2-3. Rosado’s hits were both doubles. Daniel Rivero (17) was 1-3. Pie (17) was 0-2 with a walk.

The Pirates1 won game two, 5-4. It was a good day for catchers, as Yeison Ceballo (17) went 3-3 with a double. Yoyner Fajardo (19) was 2-3 with a double and Pie 1-2 with a triple and a walk. Rosado was 1-3 and Rivero 1-4. Starter Miguel Peralta (19) gave up just three hits and no walks in three and two-thirds innings, while striking out six. He gave up three unearned runs, though, along with one earned. Oscar Echarry (19) threw three and a third scoreless innings in relief.

— The DSL Pirates2 (14-19) got blanked by the Tigers2, 3-0. Bryan Mateo (19) went 2-3 with a walk. Lefty Braham Rosario (18) threw two scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit and fanning four.