One significant news item: Pirates Prospects is reporting (sub. req’d) that Mitch Keller will be promoted to Altoona tomorrow.
Bradenton and Bristol were off. I put up a separate post on the GCL Pirates here.
— Indianapolis (59-51) lost to Columbus, 6-3. Clay Holmes started, but the rains came after he’d retired the first two batters. Tyler Eppler replaced him and continued to struggle, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits in four and two thirds innings. Eppler didn’t walk anybody and struck out three. His gopher ball problems continued, as he allowed two. Montana DuRapau faced two batters and fanned them both. He’s faced 21 batters since moving up to AAA and he’s struck out 11 of them. The Indians had a dozen hits but stranded nine. Joey Terdoslavich was 3-4
Chris Bostick: 2-5, 2B
Kevin Newman: 1-5
Edwin Espinal: 2-4
Edgar Santana: IP, 2 H, R
— Altoona (56-52) lost to Erie, 2-0. The Curve had only three hits in the game, drew no walks and fanned ten times. Casey Sadler started and gave up two runs over five innings on seven hits. He didn’t walk anybody and struck out two. Brandon Cumpton threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out three.
— West Virginia (48-57) outlasted Lexington, 11-8. Stephan Meyer made his first start after being promoted from Morgantown and it was an odd one. Starts beyond six innings aren’t common in the minors, but Wallace lasted seven despite allowing seven walks and throwing only 47 for 95 pitches for strikes. He was charged with four runs on five hits, and struck out three. Wallace survived that long thanks to four double plays. The Power offense had a lot less trouble. Yoel Gonzalez (pictured) went 3-4 with his third HR, four runs and three RBIs. Trae Arbet, who’s had a very rough second half, drove in five runs with a double and his ninth HR in five at-bats. Albert Baur and Andrew Walker each had three hits.
Adrian Valerio: 2-5
Pasquale Mazzoccoli: IP, H, R, 0 ER, BB
— Morgantown (25-17) dropped the first game of its doubleheader with State College, 4-1. The Black Bears had just two hits. Beau Sulser made his first start, allowing two runs in three innings on four hits and a walk. He struck out two.
The Black Bears won game two, 6-5. Bligh Madris went 2-4 and Tristan Gray hit his fourth HR. Adam Oller started and gave up a run on four hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Deon Stafford: 0-2
Dylan Busby: 1-3
Matt Seelinger: 2 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 4 K (first run allowed as a pro)
— The DSL Pirates (27-24) lost to the Indians/Brewers, 8-4. Oliver Garcia, who’s been by far the team’s best pitcher, gave up four runs in five innings. Francisco Acuna was 2-5 with a double. Sherten Apostel was 1-3 with a double.