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Cannonballs coming: Yondry Contreras homers twice, drives in five

Indianapolis and Morgantown were off, and West Virginia was rained out again.

— Altoona (52-45) beat Akron, 7-1. Cole Tucker and Ke’Bryan Hayes led the offense. Tucker went 3-5 with a double, while Hayes was 1-2 with his fifth home run, two walks and three RBIs. Starter Eduardo Vera gave up one run over five innings, then departed after a rain delay. He gave up three hits and a walk, and struck out three. Nick Burdi, just promoted from Bradenton, threw a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and a walk, and striking out two.

Bryan Reynolds: 1-5
Will Craig: 0-5
Stephen Alemais: 1-4
Yeudy Garcia: 2 IP, H, 3 K

— Bradenton (47-49) beat Tampa, 7-4. Hunter Owen went 2-5 with a double and his 13th home run. Jared Oliva and Bligh Madris each went 2-4, and Adrian Valerio 1-5. Dario Agrazal moved down to Bradenton to make his first start after missing two months with a shoulder strain. He threw three shutout innings, allowing a hit and no walks, and striking out two. Blake Weiman retired all five batters he faced, striking out two.

— Shane Baz had a fairly good start as Bristol (14-17) squeaked by Kingsport, 7-6. Baz wasn’t exactly efficient, taking 99 pitches (56 strikes) to get through five innings and walking three. He struck out nine, though, and allowed two runs, one earned, and only three hits. Argenis Romano followed Baz with three hitless innings, walking two and fanning another five. Yondry Contreras (pictured) provided nearly all the offense, going 4-4 with his first two home runs of the year, three runs and five RBIs. (As a refresher, Contreras was the Pirates’ top international signing in 2014 and has struggled badly ever since, including this year until today.) Jonah Davis was 0-2 with two walks. Mason Martin, who’d been getting on base at a remarkable rate the last week, went 0-4 with three strikeouts. Conner Uselton was 0-3 with a walk. Jacob Webb, who was just promoted from the GCL, came in for the ninth and couldn’t throw strikes. He allowed four runs on two walks and three hits, while recording just two outs. Alec Rennard then walked two more to load the bases before getting the last out.

— The GCL Pirates (12-14) beat the Phillies West, 7-5. Santiago Florez pitched fairly well, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out seven. Lizardy Dicent threw two scoreless innings to get the save. Ji-Hwan Bae went 1-2 with two walks and Steven Kraft 2-4. Jack Herman was 0-3 with a walk and Jean Eusebio 1-3 with a walk.

— The DSL Pirates1 (21-22) beat the Cubs1, 8-2. Daniel Rivero (17) and Emilson Rosado (17) each went 2-4, and Jommer Hernandez (17) 2-3. Shendrik Apostel (18) went 1-2 with a double, a walk and three runs. Juan Pie (17) was 0-5. Bryan Torres (17) got the win, allowing one run in three innings of relief work. He gave up a hit and two walks, and struck out two.

— The DSL Pirates2 (16-25) won the first game of their doubleheader with the Tigers2, 4-1. Juan Mena (17) went 2-3 and Mariano Dotel (18) 2-4. Angel Basabe (17) was 1-4. Lefty Luis Peralta (17) got the win in relief with three scoreless innings. He gave up a hit and a walk, and struck out six. Peralta has 41 Ks in 28.1 IP.

The Pirates2 finished the sweep with a 5-4, walkoff win. The Pirates were getting no-hit through five, but scored three in the sixth, fell behind 4-3 in the seventh, then won the game in the bottom half on a two-run triple by catcher Yeison Ceballo (17). Mario Jerez (17) had a two-run triple in the sixth. Ceballo and Jerez each went 1-3. Basabe was 0-3. Lefty starter Braham Rosario (18) gave up a run in four innings. He allowed five hits, walked none and fanned five.