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Cannonballs coming: Good start for J.T. Brubaker

Minor Transactions

by Brian Cartwright

  • 2018-07-29 Indianapolis Indians activated 1B Erich Weiss from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 2018-07-29 West Virginia Power placed 3B Ben Bengtson on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 26, 2018.
  • 2018-07-29 West Virginia Power placed 2B Rodolfo Castro on the 7-day disabled list.
  • 2018-07-29 2B Raul Siri assigned to West Virginia Power from West Virginia Black Bears.
  • 2018-07-29 1B Jhoan Herrera assigned to West Virginia Power from West Virginia Black Bears.
  • 2018-07-27 sent C Jin-De Jhang on a rehab assignment to West Virginia Black Bears.

Siri and Herrera get promoted from Morgantown to take the place of the DL’d Bengston and Castro at West Virginia.

Weiss had been out since July 2 with a right hip flexor strain.

The transactions don’t have when Jhang went on the DL (he had previously been out from June 24 to July 6), but is now on a rehab


Altoona, Bradenton and Bristol were off.

— Indianapolis (59-48) scored three in the top of the ninth to come back from a 2-1 deficit and beat Columbus, 4-2. Kevin Kramer tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Ryan Lavarnway followed with his eighth home run, a two-run shot, to put the Indians in front. Indy had fallen behind when Michael Feliz gave up a gopher ball in the eighth. J.T. Brubaker (pictured) threw seven strong innings, allowing a run on seven hits and no walks, while fanning eight. Feliz threw the last two innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. (Andrew Miller and George Kontos both pitched for Columbus, so there were plenty of major league veteran relievers.) #FreePabloReyes went 2-4 with a double and his sixth AAA HR. Lavarnway was 2-4. Chris Bostick was 2-4 with a double.

Kevin Newman: 0-4
Jason Martin: 0-3, BB
Kramer: 0-2
Jacob Stallings: 1-4, 2B

— Domingo Robles gave up one run over seven innings as West Virginia (53-49) beat Columbia, 7-1. Robles allowed four hits and a walk, and struck out two. Oneil Cruz was 2-5 with his 13th home run. Raul Hernandez went 2-5 with a double, his first homer and three RBIs, and Robbie Glendinning 3-5 with a double. Fabricio Macias was 2-4.

Lolo Sanchez: 1-4
Cal Mitchell: 0-4, BB

— Morgantown (16-27) got thrashed by Auburn, 9-2. The poor performances of this year’s draftees continued. Starter Nate Spears gave up four runs on six hits in five innings, and now has an ERA of 6.75. Organizational catcher Paul Brands, signed out of the Netherlands, went 4-4, which totaled half of the Black Bears’ hits. The draftees in the lineup — Daniel Amaral, Luke Mangieri, Mike Gretler, Brett Kinneman, Zack Kone, Zac Susi and Grant Koch — combined to go 4-for-26.

— The GCL Pirates (13-18) gave up three touchdowns and a safety to the Phillies East and lost, 23-3. The names of the pitchers, two of them position players, are being withheld due to basic decency. The defense didn’t help, as nine of the runs were unearned. Ji-Hwan Bae committed three errors while going 0-3. Jack Herman was 0-4. The one positive development was that Samuel Inoa caught the game and went 2-3 with a walk and his first home run. Inoa had a big year in the DSL last year, but has struggled with injuries, including a concussion, so far this year. He’d caught only a few innings until today, serving as a DH or playing first in the dozen games he’d gotten into.

— The DSL Pirates1 (23-26) lost to the Red Sox2, 10-6. Six pitchers gave up 11 hits and nine walks. Jommer Hernandez (17), the top catcher the Pirates signed during the 2017-18 signing period (although he was DH today) went 2-5 with a double. He’s 13-for-30 (.433) in his last nine games. Juan Pie (17) was 0-3 with two walks.

— The DSL Pirates2 (20-29) beat the Giants, 4-3. Starter Xavier Concepcion (20) gave up two unearned runs on two hits and a walk in five innings. He fanned six. Eduar Ramirez (17) was 2-4 with a triple and Edgar Barrios (18) 2-3 with a double. Angel Basabe (17) was 1-3.

Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis
  • 2018-06-27 3B Jung Ho Kang, left wrist sprain
  • 2018-07-14 RHP Bo Schultz, right forearm strain
Double-A Altoona
  • 2018-05-29 RHP Dario Agrazal, right shoulder strain (rehab 7-23)
  • 2018-07-16 RHP Pedro Vasquez, right forearm strain
  • 2018-07-22 OF Brailin Jackson, left calf strain
Single-A West Virginia
  • 2018-04-16 RHP Dylan Prohoroff
  • 2018-05-03 LHP Braeden Ogle
  • 2018-05-21 3B Dylan Busby
  • 2018-07-19 LF Chris Sharpe
  • 2018-07-20 RHP Cody Bolton
  • 2018-07-26 C Deon Stafford
  • 2018-07-26 3B Ben Bengston
  • 2018-07-29 2B Rodolfo Castro
Rookie GCL
  • 2018-06-18 RHP Luis Gonzalez (60)