West Virginia was off.
— Indianapolis (50-44) lost to Gwinnett, 4-2. Brandon Waddell managed to allow only two runs in five and a third innings despite allowing nine hits and two walks. He fanned six. Dovydas Neverauskas followed with two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, and striking out two. Jesus Liranzo, though, entered in the bottom of the ninth with the score 2-2 and gave up a double and a home run to the first two hitters he saw. Austin Meadows made his return to AAA and went 0-3 with a walk. The Indians had only three hits, one by Waddell and one by Pablo Reyes in his only AB after a double switch. Adam Frazier went 1-4 with a two-run double.
Kevin Newman: 0-3, BB
Jose Osuna: 0-4
Jason Martin: 0-3
Kevin Kramer: 0-1
— Luis Escobar (pictured) made his first start for Altoona (49-43) in a 5-3 win over Bowie. Escobar gave up three runs over six innings. He allowed only four hits and two walks, but two of the hits left the yard. Yeudy Garcia followed with two perfect innings in which he struck out four. Cole Tucker went 3-4 with a triple. He’s batting 295/375/525 in July. Will Craig went 2-4 with his 15th home run and three RBIs. Ke’Bryan Hayes was 2-4 and Stephen Alemais 2-3. Bryan Reynolds was 0-3 with a walk.
— Bradenton (46-46) took a 4-4 tie into the ninth, but Jupiter scored five in the top of the inning off Ronny Agustin and went on to win, 9-4. James Marvel gave up four runs in seven innings on eight hits. He walked two and struck out four. Garrett Brown was 2-4 with a triple and Lucas Tancas 2-4 with a double. Adrian Valerio was 1-4 with a double and Jared Oliva 1-5 with three strikeouts.
— Morgantown (11-21) got crushed by State College, 12-3. It was an excruciating game and I’ll write more about it after tomorrow’s game. For now, suffice to say that Morgantown pitchers gave up 16 hits and eight walks; three of the latter came with the bases loaded. With the exception of Logan Stoelke, the pitchers looked every bit as bad as the numbers. Black Bears hitters did their share by fanning 13 times.
— Shane Baz had a rough start and Bristol (12-15) got vaporized by a very bad Burlington team, 11-0. Baz gave up five runs on six hits and four walks over three and two-thirds innings. He struck out three. Jonah Davis went 3-4, but got caught stealing twice. Mason Martin was 2-4 with two doubles and Conner Uselton went 2-4.
— The GCL Pirates (10-13) beat the Braves, 5-3. Ji-Hwan Bae went 3-5 against the team that originally signed him. Bae is batting .385 in his last eight games. Chris Bostick continued his rehab, going 2-3 with a double and a walk. Randy Jimenez had a strong start, throwing five shutout innings. He gave up three hits and a walk, and fanned six. Jacob Webb, who’s appearing only in very limited stints, walked one and fanned two in his one inning of work.
— The DSL Pirates1 (19-20) beat the Indians/Brewers, 8-5. Starlyn Reynoso (20) started and threw three scoreless innings. Bryan Torres (17) got the win in relief, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits in two innings. He walked none and struck out one. Juan Pie (17) was 2-5 with a pair of doubles.
Norkis Marcos (17): 1-5
Daniel Rivero (17): 1-4, 2B, BB
Emilson Rosado (17): 1-3, BB
— The DSL Pirates2 (14-23) lost for the 11th time in 13 games, 8-5, to the Giants. Omar Matos (18) went 3-5. Pedro Castillo (18) was 2-4 with a walk and catcher Juan Mena (17) went 2-5. Starter Xavier Concepcion (20) lasted only two innings, walking four.