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Cannonballs coming: Jack Herman still hitting

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  • 2018-08-18 Altoona Curve activated 2B Stephen Alemais from the 7-day disabled list. He’d been out since Aug 11 with a sprained ankle.
  • 2018-08-18 Altoona Curve placed 3B Logan Ratledge on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 16, 2018. Left ankle sprain. It must be contagious.


— Indianapolis (67-58) lost the completion of yesterday’s suspended game against Lehigh Valley, 4-1. J.T. Brubaker started yesterday and threw a scoreless inning before the game was stopped. Tyler Eppler took over and gave up three runs in five innings. He allowed five hits and two walks, and struck out three. Nick Burdi, who’s been having trouble since his rehab got to AAA, faced four batters, striking out one but giving up a hit and two walks. Jesus Liranzo bailed him out with no runs allowed. A.J. Schugel threw one inning, striking out two and serving up one gopher ball. Max Moroff provided all the Indy offense with his seventh home run. Kevin Kramer was 1-2 with a walk and Jason Martin went 0-3.

The Indians took the regularly scheduled game, 5-1, in eight innings (it was slated for seven). Indy went with a bullpen game and took a 1-0 lead into the sixth, but Alex McRae gave up the tying run. Steven Brault threw a scoreless inning and a third, giving up two hits and a walk, and striking out two. Interestingly, Clay Holmes pitched the seventh, surviving a bases-loaded, one out jam that resulted from a weak single, a fielders choice and a walk. Indy had only five hits. Moroff was 0-2 with a walk, Jose Osuna 1-4, Kramer 1-4 and Martin 0-2 with a walk. Martin’s collapse has now reached 6-for-73. Dovydas Neverauskas threw a scoreless bottom of the eighth, although he gave up two drives that fell barely short of home runs.

— Altoona (66-55) got shut out by Portland, 3-0. Cam Vieaux gave up three runs over five and a third innings. The Curve had only four hits. Stephen Alemais, back from an ankle spring, went 2-4 with a double. Cole Tucker and Bryan Reynolds each went 0-3 with a walk. Ke’Bryan Hayes and Will Craig each went 0-4. Hayes is hitless in three games since his 16-game hitting streak ended.

— Bradenton (52-65) survived 14 hits to eke out a 3-2 win over Jupiter. Mike Wallace gave up eight hits but just one run in six innings. He walked one and struck out five. Raul Siri hit his second home run for the Marauders. Brett Pope was 3-4 and the legendary John Bormann went 3-3. Adrian Valerio had a double in five at-bats.

— West Virginia (61-57) lost to Charleston, 7-6. Cal Mitchell went 3-4 with a walk and his ninth home run. Rodolfo Castro went 1-4 with his tenth homer. Connor Kaiser was 1-3 with a walk and Travis Swaggerty 0-5. Starter Sergio Cubilete lasted only three and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.

— West Virginia (23-37) blew a 4-3 ninth-inning lead and lost to Williamsport, 5-4. The Black Bears had rallied for two runs to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Cam Alldred gave up two runs to lose it. Starter Zach Spears gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings, which actually lowered his ERA to 6.37. Brett Kinneman was 2-3 with two walks and Fabricio Macias went 2-4.

— Bristol (27-30) lost to Burlington, 5-1. Yeudry Manzanillo gave up three runs in five innings. The Pirates had only three hits. They drew their usual boatload of walks — eight in this game — but went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Jonah Davis went 1-5 with a triple, and Mason Martin 0-5 with three strikeouts.

— The GCL Pirates (23-23) reached .500 for the first time all season with a 12-2 thrashing of the Phillies East. Jack Herman (pictured) raised his league-leading average to .378 by going 2-3. He hit his second home run, drew a walk, and scored three runs. Pat Dorrian went 3-5 with a triple and three RBIs, and probably even better from his point of view, got promoted to Bristol after the game. Samuel Inoa was 3-4. Above-slot signee Michael Burrows made his second appearance (plus a suspended game that doesn’t count yet), throwing four innings without a hit or run. He walked three and struck out one.

— The DSL Pirates1 (30-36) got blanked, 4-0, by the Rangers1. The Pirates managed just five singles and no walks. Juan Pie (17) was 0-4. Starlyn Reynoso (21) pitched well in relief, allowing just an unearned run and three hits over five innings. He walked none and fanned five.

— The DSL Pirates2 (25-41) lost to the Mariners, 2-1. Juan Mena (18) was 2-4. Angel Basabe (17) went 0-4. Estalin Ortiz (19) fanned six over four and a third innings. He allowed an unearned run on four hits and three walks.

Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

  • 2018-06-27 3B Jung Ho Kang, left wrist sprain (underwent possible season ending surgery)
  • 2018-07-14 RHP Bo Schultz, right forearm strain
  • OF Daniel Nava

Double-A Altoona

  • 2018-08-04 RHP Austin Coley, right shoulder strain
  • 2018-08-05 RF Braelin Jackson (left quadriceps strain)

High-A Bradenton

  • 2018-08-11 RF Bligh Madris

Single-A West Virginia

  • 2018-04-16 RHP Dylan Prohoroff
  • 2018-05-03 LHP Braeden Ogle, sore shoulder
  • 2018-07-19 LF Chris Sharpe
  • 2018-07-20 RHP Cody Bolton
  • 2018-08-14 SS Oneil Cruz
  • RHP Will Reed
  • LHP Angel Martinez

Rookie Bristol

  • 2018-08-02 RHP Leandro Pina (60 day)

Rookie GCL

  • 2018-06-18 RHP Luis Gonzalez (60 day)
  • CF Emison Soto (60 day)