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Cannonballs coming: Pirates get some strong pitching in rookie ball

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Indianapolis and Altoona are off for their all-star breaks.

— Bradenton (42-41) lost to Lakeland, 4-1. With the higher level teams off, Clay Holmes started in order to stay on schedule to start in the Pirates’ doubleheader on Saturday. Holmes gave up a run on four hits, walking none and fanning eight. Mike Wallace gave up three unearned runs to take the loss. Sean Rodriguez played short and went 1-4. Bligh Madris and Mitchell Tolman each went 2-4. Jared Oliva was 0-2 with a walk.

— West Virginia (47-37) survived a late scare to beat Hagerstown, 6-4. Starter Domingo Robles managed to pitch out of lots of trouble, giving up just a run over five innings despite eight hits and four walks. He struck out five. The Power had only six hits, but drew eight walks. Oneil Cruz was 1-3 with two walks and Rodolfo Castro went 2-5. Jesse Medrano drove in two with his first career home run. The Power took a 6-1 lead into the ninth, but Matt Seelinger gave up three runs and finally got the third out with the tying runs in scoring position.

Deon Stafford: 0-4, BB (two hits in last 37 AB)
Fabricio Macias: 1-4
Lolo Sanchez: 0-2, 2 BB

— Morgantown (10-14) lost to Auburn, 6-5. The Black Bears tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and had runners at second and third with no out, but couldn’t score again. Conner Loeprich then gave up a two-out, RBI double in the top of the ninth following an error. Fourth round draft pick Aaron Shortridge took 80 pitches to get through four innings. He allowed two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jhoan Herrera and Raul Siri each went 2-3, but Siri committed two errors for the second straight game, letting in two runs including the game-winner.

Travis Swaggerty: 1-4, BB (intentional)
Brett Kinneman: 0-5, 3 K
Connor Kaiser: 1-3
Logan Stoelke: 2 IP, H, 3 K

— Bristol (10-9) got another strong effort from Roger Santana in a 4-1 win over Princeton. He gave up one run on three hits in six innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. In his last three starts, Santana has allowed two runs in 16 innings. Argenis Romano threw three shutout innings for the save. Romano gave up two hits and a walk, and fanned four. He has yet to allow a run in 13.2 IP and has 15 strikeouts. Jonah Davis continued to make the offense go with a 3-4 game. Brendt Citta had a double and two RBIs and Mason Martin went 2-4. Conner Uselton left early for unknown reasons.

— The GCL Pirates (7-10) got six no-hit, shutout innings from Santiago Florez (pictured) on the way to a 9-1 win over the Tigers East. Florez walked three and struck out four. Everybody in the lineup, including catcher Ryan Haug, who came into the game in the eighth, had at least one hit except Jack Herman, who went 0-2 with three walks. Justin Harrer hit his fourth home run, a three-run shot. Dylan Busby continued his rehab from a beaning, going 1-5 with a home run. Kyle Mottice was 2-4 with two walks and three runs scored, Steven Kraft 2-4 with a triple and a walk, and Joseivin Medina 2-5.

— The DSL Pirates1 (14-18) couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead and lost to the Indians, 7-4. Starter Jesus Valles gave up two runs, one earned, in five innings. He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out three. The Pirates had only four hits, half by Norkis Marcos. Juan Pie was 0-4 with a walk, Daniel Rivero 1-4 and Yoyner Fajardo 1-3 with a walk.

— The DSL Pirates2 (14-18) beat Colorado, 5-4. Starter Estalin Ortiz threw four shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks, and striking out four. Pedro Castillo was 2-3 with two walks. Angel Basabe went 1-4 with a walk and three strikeouts.