West Virginia was rained out.
— Indianapolis (51-45) lost to Charlotte in ten innings, 6-5. Clay Holmes may have been suffering from a bit of a letdown after his outstanding start for the Pirates last Saturday. He gave up ten hits and five runs, but he threw strikes and managed to last seven innings. Holmes walked two and fanned eight. Adam Frazier went 3-5 and Kevin Kramer 2-5 with a double.
Kevin Newman: 1-4, 2B, BB
Austin Meadows: 1-3
Jose Osuna: 1-5, 2B
Jason Martin: 1-3, BB
— Altoona (51-44) blew an 8-2 lead in the first game of its doubleheader with Reading, but won anyway when Bryan Reynolds (pictured) and Will Craig led off the top of the seventh with back-to-back home runs. The longballs were the second of the game for each. Reynolds finished 2-4 with three runs and three RBIs, and now has three homers on the year. Craig was also 2-4, drove in four runs, and leads the system with 16 homers. Cole Tucker went 2-3 with a walk, Ke’Bryan Hayes 1-2 with two walks, and Stephen Alemais 1-3.
The Curve lost the second game, 7-4. Scooter Hightower started and gave up five runs in three innings. Altoona had only four hits. Tucker was 1-4, Hayes 1-3 with a walk, and Reynolds 0-2 with a walk. Alemais had no official at-bats, walking twice and getting hit once.
— Bradenton (46-48) lost to Daytona, 4-2. Nick Burdi made his second rehab appearance, throwing the first inning. He gave up a solo home run but struck out the other three hitters he faced, so he’s gotten all six outs so far on Ks. Mike Wallace threw the next six innings, allowing two runs. The Marauders had only six hits. Jared Oliva was 0-3 with a walk and Adrian Valerio 0-4.
— Raul Siri hit a pair of home runs as Morgantown (13-21) beat Williamsport, 8-1. The homers were Siri’s first two on the season. Starter Osvaldo Bido gave up one run over five innings on four hits and a walk. He didn’t strike out anybody. Brett Kinneman was 2-4 with a double and a walk, and Travis Swaggerty was 1-4 with a walk. Mike Gretler went 1-4 with a double, a walk and three RBIs. Connor Kaiser was 1-3 with a walk.
— Bristol’s (12-16) game with Burlington was suspended with the Pirates trailing, 10-8, in the top of the tenth. The Pirates blew a 5-3 lead in the top of the ninth, giving up five unearned runs thanks to three errors. In the bottom half, they scored three to tie. Unfortunately, two throwing errors by Bristol catcher Manny Bejerano led to two runs in the top of the tenth. The game was suspended with two out and Burlington still up. Before all the craziness, starter Roger Santana threw five scoreless innings despite six hits and three walks. He struck out two. Jonah Davis was 2-4 with a triple and a walk, leaving his average at an even .400 (although the stats won’t count until the game is finished). Mason Martin was 2-3 with a double and a walk. Martin seems to have toned down his approach. He hasn’t gone deep since June 28, but in his last four games he’s 6-for-13 with one strikeout. Francisco Mepris was 1-2 with three walks and Mikell Granberry 2-4. Sherten Apostel was 1-5 with a double; he also committed three errors. On the game so far, the Pirates have committed six errors and issued ten walks.
— The GCL Pirates (11-14) suffered an epic collapse, giving up ten runs in the bottom of the eighth to blow an 11-2 lead and lose, 12-11, to the Phillies East. The game had been suspended last week with the Phillies up, 2-0, in the third. Brad Case had given up the two runs before the game was suspended, but came back to throw five shutout innings after play resumed. In all he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Wilmer Contreras and Dixon Machado, both of whom had been pitching well, then combined on the eighth inning fiasco. Ji-Hwan Bae went 2-4 with two doubles, a walk and three RBIs. He’s now hitting 296/371/407. Fernando Villegas was 2-5 with two doubles and Patrick Dorrian 2-2 with a double and a walk. Jack Herman went 1-4 with a double. Chris Bostick continued his rehab, going 0-3 with a walk.
The Pirates held their own rally to win the regularly scheduled game, 6-5, on a walkoff wild pitch in the seventh inning. They’d gone into the inning trailing, 5-3. Jean Eusebio broke out of a slump, going 2-3 with his first career home run and three RBIs. Herman was 2-4 with a triple and Matt Morrow was also 2-4.
— The DSL Pirates1 (20-21) beat the Dodgers Guerrero, 4-3, on a bases-loaded walkoff walk in the tenth inning. Reliever Julio Rosario (19) got the win while managing the odd feat of coming in at the start of an inning, then getting credit for two innings pitched while facing only five hitters. It happened because the fake runner at the start of the tenth got thrown out trying to advance on a fly ball. Rosario fanned three of the other four batters he faced. Emilson Rosado (17) went 4-5; he’s now batting 327/431/436. Jommer Hernandez (17) was 2-4 and Carlos Arroyo (17) 3-4.
— The DSL Pirates2 (15-24) lost to Colorado, 11-8. Angel Basabe (17) broke out of a slump, going 3-3 with a double, his second home run and two walks. He’s now batting 301/405/505. Catcher Darwin Baez (17) went 2-4 with his first career home run. Mariano Dotel (18) was 2-2 with a triple and Germin Lopez (19) 3-4 with a double and a triple. Edgar Barrios (18) was 2-4 with a double. Starter Willy Basil (21) gave up six runs in four and a third innings.