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Cannonballs coming: Big day for Will Craig

A couple of news items. According to Pirates Prospects (sub. req’d), Cody Bolton has gone on the disabled list with a “minor” forearm strain. He’ll be replaced in the West Virginia rotation by Oddy Nunez, who’s being demoted from Bradenton, where he’s been struggling for a while.

West Virginia, Bristol and the GCL Pirates were rained out. The Power were supposed to play two, but got washed out for the third straight day.

— Indianapolis (52-47) got blanked, 2-0, by Rochester. Brandon Waddell pitched well, giving up just one run in six innings. He allowed six hits and three walks, and struck out three. Jason Martin went 2-3 with a triple. The slump that got Austin Meadows sent down hasn’t let up; he went 0-4 and is 4-for-24 since he returned to AAA.

Kevin Newman, Adam Frazier, Jose Osuna: all 1-4
Kevin Kramer: 1-4, 3 K
Chris Bostick: 0-4, 3 K
Dovydas Neverauskas: IP, BB, K

— Altoona’s game with Akron was suspended with the Curve up 8-2 in the bottom of the eighth. Will Craig (pictured) was in the midst of a big game, going 3-3 with two doubles, his system-leading 17th home run, and three RBIs. Cole Tucker was 1-2 with two walks, and Christian Kelley 2-3 with a double and a walk. Half of the Altoona runs came off a rehabbing Andrew Miller. Luis Escobar started and gave up two runs over six innings. He allowed three hits and three walks, and struck out three. Altoona’s bullpen has had numerous meltdowns this year and Akron had two on with nobody out when the game was stopped, so the Curve don’t have it in the win column yet.

— Bradenton (47-50) lost to Tampa, 8-3. James Marvel had been pitching well, but in this one he gave up eight runs, five earned, in four and two-thirds innings. Adrian Valerio provided all the offense with his sixth home run, which came with two on base. He was 1-3 with a walk and Jared Oliva 0-3 with a walk.

— Zack Kone went 4-5 to lead a 16-hit outburst as Morgantown (15-22) blasted Aberdeen, 14-7. Kone had a double among his hits, and had four runs scored and three RBIs. Grant Koch and Brett Kinneman each drove in three runs, with Koch going 2-4 with his first pro home run and Kinneman 2-5 with a double. Erich Weiss hit two doubles in the start of a rehab assignment. Mike LoPresti had a rough start, giving up six runs over four innings.

Travis Swaggerty: 1-4, BB
Mike Gretler: 2-4
Logan Stoelke: 2 IP, H, 4 K

— The DSL Pirates1 (21-23) lost to the Cubs1, 5-3. Starter Arlinthon De Dios (18) gave up only an unearned run in five innings. He allowed four hits and three walks, and struck out three. Daniel Rivero (17) was 2-4 and Randy Romero (18) 2-3 with a double.

— The DSL Pirates2 (18-25) scored three in the eighth to beat the Tigers2, 7-6. Three Pirates pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters. Wander Romero (18) got the win with two and a third scoreless innings. He gave up a hit, walked none and fanned four. Germin Lopez (19) was 2-3 with a walk and Bryan Mateo (19) was 2-4 with three RBIs.