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Pirates Minor League Report: Jack Brannigan Swats Two Homers

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Homestand 1, Pirates' Single-A affiliate Bradenton Marauders face the Clearwater Threshers at LECOM Park, Bradenton, Florida (Photos by Jonathan Austin)

Pirates’ minor league affiliates won two of three games played on Tuesday, beginning the last week of games ahead of the All-Star Break.

The Altoona Curve blanked the Bowie BaySox 4-0. Bubba Chandler kicked off the shutout with two scoreless innings on 19 pitches, keeping things brief ahead of his appearance in the All-Star Futures Game this Saturday. Tsung-Che Cheng accounted for most of the offense with a three-run homer, while Charles McAdoo added two singles.

Jack Brannigan hit two home runs for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, who hung nine runs on the Winston-Salem Dash. That wasn’t enough for victory, though, as they ended up losing 11-9.

Single-A Bradenton rounds things out with a 6-3 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads. Carlson Reed pitched a quality start, striking out six batters in six innings, and Esmerlyn Valdez and Omar Alfonzo each swatted a homer. Triple-A Indianapolis, meanwhile, saw their game postponed due to rain, set for makeup as part of a Thursday doubleheader.

Here’s a look at the top performances amongst the Pirates system on Tuesday.

Triple-A Indianapolis (38-46)

DNP: rain.

Double-A Altoona (35-47)

SS Tsung-Che Cheng

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • Season: .241/.338/.399 with 13 doubles and 9 homers in 73 games.

RHP Bubba Chandler

  • Game: 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 K’s.
  • Season: 63.2 IP, 3.53 ERA, 77 K’s in 16 appearances (14 starts).

High-A Greensboro (51-30)

DH Jack Brannigan

  • Game: 2-for-5 with 2 homers.
  • Season: .216/.339/.432 with 10 doubles, a triple and 13 homers in 63 games.

SS Termarr Johnson

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Season: .245/.397/.398 with 13 doubles, a triple and 9 homers in 78 games.

Single-A Bradenton (36-46)

RF Esmerlyn Valdez

  • Game: 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .242/.361/.452 with 14 doubles, a triple and 10 homers in 65 games.

C Omar Alfonzo

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .253/.369/.369 with 13 doubles and 5 homers in 69 games.
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