Another unhappy news item: Taylor Hearn has gone on the disabled list with a strained oblique (sub. req’d). With just a month and a half left in the minor league season, that could finish him for the year.
The DSL Pirates were off for their All-Star break.
— Indianapolis (52-40) wasted a strong start by Clay Holmes (pictured) in a 2-0 loss to Louisville. Holmes needed just 64 pitches to throw six innings. He gave up a run on three hits, walked none and struck out three. The Indians didn’t get a hit until Elias Diaz singled in the sixth. A single by Starling Marte was the only other hit. Diaz and Marte both went 1-4. Sort-of former Pirate Lisalverto Bonilla, who isn’t doing especially well in AAA, threw the last three innings for Louisville.
Chris Bostick, Eric Wood, Erich Weiss, Gift Ngoepe: 0-12 combined (Bostick drew a walk)
Johnny Barbato: IP, K
Dovydas Neverauskas: IP, H, R, K
— Altoona (47-43) beat Bowie for the first time in their last nine tries, 7-6, in a crazy, 13-inning game. The Curve led, 4-1, and sent starter Alex McRae out for the ninth inning, something you rarely see in the minors. McRae had allowed just four hits through eight innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. The first two batters in the ninth, though, hit weak singles. Sean Keselica then came on and quickly blew up the game, getting only two outs and letting Bowie take a 6-4 lead. But the Curve tied it in the bottom half. Pablo Reyes homered for one run. With two outs, Elvis Escobar reached on a strikeout/wild pitch. After Logan Hill walked, Edwin Espinal singled to tie the game. It stayed that way until the 13th, when Reyes homered again to walk it off. Reyes finished 3-6 and has six HRs on the year. Espinal also went 3-6 and hit his 12th HR.
Kevin Newman: 1-6
Hill: 1-3, 2 BB
Jerrick Suiter: 1-3, 2B, 3 BB
Wyatt Mathisen: 1-6
— Mitch Keller had one of the worst starts of his career as Bradenton (50-38) lost to Dunedin, 8-4. Keller allowed seven runs on eight hits and five walks, while striking out just one, in three and a third innings. The Marauders had just five hits. Jordan George was 2-4 with his seventh HR.
Cole Tucker: 1-4
Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0-5
Will Craig: 0-2, 2 BB
— West Virginia (39-49) lost to Greensboro, 5-3. Mike Wallace gave up all five runs in the fourth inning. He lasted five, allowing six hits and four walks, while striking out four. Pasquale Mazzaccoli made his full-season debut with two scoreless innings. He gave up a hit and a walk, and struck out two.
Adrian Valerio: 1-4
Hunter Owen: 1-3, 2B
Blake Cederline: 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
— Morgantown (15-10) lost to Staten Island, 5-3, in ten innings. Stephan Meyer gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in six innings. He fanned eight. Tristan Gray went 2-4 and is now batting .385.
Chris Sharpe: 2-5
Jared Oliva: 1-4, 2B
Deon Stafford: 1-4, BB
Bligh Madris: 0-4, 4 K
— Bristol (7-16) lost to Princeton, 5-3. Braeden Ogle gave up two runs in six innings. He allowed seven hits and a walk, and struck out three. Edison Lantigua was 3-4 with his fourth HR.
— The GCL Pirates (7-11) won the completion of their suspended game from the Yankees East, 9-0. The game was stopped yesterday in the fourth inning with the Pirates up, 7-0. Shane Baz threw the first three innings, allowing two hits and a walk, and striking out two. After play resumed, Brandon Waddell made a rehab appearance, throwing three innings and allowing just one hit. He struck out four. Mason Martin went 1-2 with a walk and his first pro HR. He also scored three runs. Mikell Granberry was 2-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.
Lolo Sanchez: 0-4, BB
Stephen Alemais: 1-4, BB
Jeremias Portorreal: 0-5
The Pirate also won the regularly scheduled game, 8-3. Alemais, possibly at the end of his rehab, went 3-4 with a double. Victor Ngoepe was 2-3. Leandro Pina gave up three runs on eight hits in four and two-thirds innings. He walked one and fanned five.
Sanchez: 1-3, BB
Portorreal: 1-3, BB
Rodolfo Castro: 1-4, 2B