If you’re interested, Baseball America has posted Ben Badler’s review of the Pirates’ 2018-19 international signing class. It has a lot of great detail, if you’re a subscriber. There’s also going to be some additional info at Pirates Prospects in a couple days.
— Indianapolis (0-3) lost to Columbus, 7-4. Starter Alex McRae fanned seven in four and two-thirds innings, but gave up four runs. Brandon Waddell gave up the other three. Bryan Reynolds and Eric Wood each hit their first home runs of the year and each went 1-4. Jake Elmore was 2-3.
Cole Tucker: 0-4, BB
Ke’Bryan Hayes: 1-4, BB
Will Craig: 1-5
Kevin Kramer: 1-4, 2B, SB
Jesus Liranzo: 0.2 IP, H, 2 of 3 inherited runners scored
— Four pitchers combined for Altoona’s (3-0) second shutout in three games, a 2-0 win over Akron. Starter Cam Vieaux gave up just two hits and a walk, but somehow needed 90 pitches to get through four and two-thirds innings. Beau Sulser, making his AA debut — in fact it was his first game above low A — followed with two and a third hitless innings. Angel German threw a scoreless inning in his own AA debut and Matt Eckelman finished up. The Curve had only four hits, with Robbie Glendinning and Logan Hill driving in runs. Bligh Madris was 1-4.
— Bradenton (3-0) won its third straight, 4-2, over St. Lucie. Elias Diaz caught seven innings and provided the winning margin with a two-run double. He finished 2-2, both doubles, with a walk. He also stole home on the back end of a delayed double steal. Oddy Nunez started and lasted only three and a third innings. He somehow managed to allow only two runs despite four hits and five walks. Hunter Stratton and Joel Cesar combined for five and two thirds scoreless innings in relief. Cal Mitchell went 1-4 with his second home run and Oneil Cruz 1-3 with a walk and two steals.
— Greensboro (2-1) dropped a 6-5 game to Hagerstown. Rodolfo Castro (pictured) and Lolo Sanchez, both repeating the level, had good days. Castro, who’s off to a hot start, went 2-4 with two doubles. Sanchez was 2-3 with his first home run, a three-run shot. Brett Kinneman was 2-4. Starter Alex Manasa gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings. Nick Mears gave up a three-run home run to blow a 5-3 lead.
Connor Kaiser: 1-4
Mason Martin: 0-4
Logan Stoelke: IP, H