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Cannonballs coming: Bryan Reynolds has a big day in Altoona loss

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Minor Transactions

by Brian Cartwright

  • 2018-08-02 C Mason Fishback assigned to GCL Pirates.
  • 2018-08-02 C Justin Morris assigned to GCL Pirates.
  • 2018-08-02 C Ryan Haug assigned to Bristol Pirates from GCL Pirates.
  • 2018-08-02 LHP Jose Marcano assigned to Bristol Pirates from GCL Pirates.
  • 2018-08-02 Bristol Pirates placed RHP Leandro Pina on the 60-day disabled list.
  • 2018-08-02 Altoona Curve activated RHP Pedro Vasquez from the 7-day disabled list. He had been out since July 16 with a right forearm strain.
  • 2018-08-02 2B Alfredo Reyes assigned to Indianapolis Indians from Altoona Curve.

The Pirates send their newly signed catchers to the GCL, pushing Ryan Haug and Jose Marcano up to Bristol.

Alfredo Reyes promotion and Nick Kingham’s demotion, both to Indanapolis, leaves the Indians with two extra players a day after 2B Kevin Kramer was removed from a game after diving for a ball. He could be headed to the DL, or...

Games

— Mitch Keller’s problems continued as Indianapolis (60-50) lost to Toledo, 9-1. His problems at least were limited to one inning, the second, when he allowed four runs on three hits and two walks. He lasted six innings in all and in the other five innings gave up no runs on three hits and one walk, while striking out six. Still, anybody who thinks super two is the reason he’s not in the majors probably needs help. Somebody else who needs help is Michael Feliz, who allowed the other five runs in just one inning. Kevin Newman and Ryan Lavarnway each went 2-4. Jason Martin was 1-3 with a double and a walk.

Jacob Stallings: 0-4
Max Moroff: 0-3, 3 K

— Altoona’s (57-49) bullpen blew yet another save, as Tate Scioneaux gave up two in the ninth for a walkoff, 4-3 loss to Harrisburg. Scioneaux allowed three walks and two hits, while retiring only one batter. With the Pirates running short on upper level starting pitchers, Scooter Hightower got the spot start and allowed two unearned runs in four innings. Bryan Reynolds (pictured) provided much of the offense, going 3-3 with a walk, a double and his fifth home run. Ke’Bryan Hayes was 1-4 with a double.

Cole Tucker: 0-3, BB
Will Craig: 1-4

— Bradenton (49-53) got pummeled by St. Lucie, 10-3. Starter Mike Wallace got battered for nine runs, eight earned, on ten hits, including three longballs. The Marauders had only one hit until they picked up two more in the ninth. Hunter Owen drove in the last two runs with his 14th home run. Jared Oliva was 0-3.

— West Virginia (54-51) lost to Augusta, 2-1. Travis MacGregor had a good start, going six innings and allowing two runs on six hits and no walks. He struck out three. Lolo Sanchez went 3-4 and Oneil Cruz 2-4 with a double. Cal Mitchell was 1-4 with a double and three strikeouts.

— Morgantown (17-29) lost to Williamsport, 2-1. Daniel Amaral went 2-4 and provided the only run with his third home run. Travis Swaggerty broke out of a mini-slump to go 3-4. College draftees Mike Gretler, Brett Kinneman, Zack Kone, Luke Mangieri, Grant Koch and Zac Susi combined to go 2-for-21. Nick Economos started and allowed two runs, both on solo home runs, in five innings. He gave up four hits and a walk, while striking out five.

— Bristol (18-22) lost the first game of its doubleheader with Bluefield, 9-2. The Pirates had only one hit, a double by Mikell Granberry, although they did draw nine walks. Sherten Apostel was 0-2 with two walks, and Jonah Davis and Mason Martin were each 0-3 with one walk. Roger Santana pitched very well early in the season, but he’s increasingly struggled and got torched in this one for nine runs on 11 hits in three innings. Jacob Webb threw two scoreless innings, allowing no hits or walks and striking out two.

The Pirates also lost the second game, 6-1. They had only two hits, leaving them with just three in the two games. One of the two Martin’s sixth home run with Bristol, his first since June 28. He finished 1-2 with a walk. Apostel was 0-1 with two walks. Starter Colin Selby gave up two runs, one unearned, in five innings on six hits and a walk. He fanned eight.

— The GCL Pirates (16-19) beat the Yankees West, 6-2. The Pirates got some good pitching from Luis Arrieta and Luis Nova, each of whom gave up one run. Arrieta started and went five innings, allowing only one hit and three walks, with two strikeouts. Nova threw the last four, fanning six and giving up three hits. Jack Herman continued to hit, going 3-4 and raising his line to 354/450/524. Ji-Hwan Bae was 1-3 and Samuel Inoa 1-4.

— The DSL Pirates1 (24-28) lost to the Rangers1, 5-1. The Pirates had nine hits, but went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Yoyner Fajardo (19) went 2-4 with a double and Carlos Arroyo (17) was also 2-4. Four Pirate pitchers walked ten batters total.

— The DSL Pirates2 (20-32) gave up six runs in the eighth and lost to Colorado, 10-5. Ronaldo Paulino (19) went 2-4 with two doubles and Eduar Ramirez (17) 2-4 with one double. Ramirez is batting 317/370/439. Angel Basabe (17) was 0-5. The only pitcher who had any success was lefty Braham Rosario (18), who walked four but allowed no runs in three and two-thirds innings. He gave up two hits and struck out two.

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)
Single-A West Virginia
  • 2018-04-16 RHP Dylan Prohoroff
  • 2018-05-03 LHP Braeden Ogle, sore shoulder
  • 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
  • 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)