Trevor Williams, who landed on the Pirates’ injured list on May 17 with a right side strain, made his first rehabilitation appearance, allowing two runs in three innings. He did not display his typical efficiency with pitches, throwing 71 in those three innings as only 59% were for strikes, although he walked only one and struck out five batters.
Williams allowed two runs in the second on a walk and three hits. 3B Patrick Kivlehan (288/362/571), the Bisons’ clean up hitter, led off with that free pass and scored on Socrates Brito’s triple to left. After Jonathan Davis was called out on strikes, C Reese McGuire (258/327/377) lined a single to center to drive in the second run.
That 2-0 Buffalo lead stood until the sixth, when they began a pile on of nine runs over the final four innings, including Kivlehan’s solo homer, his 13th, off Sean Keselica.
The Indians only two runs came in the sixth when after 2B Jake Elmore doubled and 3B Kevin Kramer (273/356/459) and 1B Will Craig (277/357/519) both walked to load the bases with none out, Eric Wood singled in Elmore and J.B. Shuck’s sacrifice fly scored Kramer.
As part of the bullpen meltdown, Yefy Ramirez (3.00 ERA in 27 IP) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks and Jake Brentz (2.48 ERA in 29 IP), in just two thirds of an inning, had four of his three hits and four walks allowed score. Brentz had not issued a walk in eight of his previous nine appearances.
James Marvel (6-5, 3.58) turned in a good start, allowing two runs, both in the fourth, on three hits and three walks over seven innings of work. He struck out six while throwing 62 of 98 pitches for strikes.
The Curve got four of their runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. DH Bligh Madris (24731//3449) was on second with a double when SS Alfredo Reyes, CF Ryan Peurifoy and LF Jared Oliva (203/299/316) all walked to force in Madris, then 2B Mitchell Tolman’s single drove in two and RF Bralin Jackson’s (224/271/279) single another.
Down 9-0, the Marauders plated five in the bottom of the eighth but their come back was aborted when the rains fell and the ninth was never played.
Cody Bolton (6-3, 1.72) made his first appearance since returning from hamstring discomfort and threw three shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while fanning two. He threw 32 of 51 pitches for strikes.
Reliever Hunter Stratton (5-1, 3.32) didn’t fare as well, taking the loss as he never made it out of the fourth inning, as coughing up three runs on two hits and two walks.
Gavin Wallace (1-2, 4.98) followed with two and a third scoreless innings, fanning three, but Logan Stoelke (7.92 ERA in 25 IP) and Shea Murray (9.92 ERA in 16 1⁄3 IP) were each charged with three runs.
Starter Luis Nova (5.54 ERA in 13 IP) was tagged for eight runs on five hits and three walks and first reliever Conner Loeprich (1-3, 4.72) saw six more score on six hits and a walk in two innings of work, as Kannapolis had all 14 of their runs by the fifth inning.
DH Mason Martin (258/351/573) drilled a two run homer in the first, his 17th, to give the Grasshoppers a short-lived lead, then had an RBI double in the third, again driving in Lolo Sanchez (308/388/460).
The Pirates had twelve hits and six walks, with 3B Orlando Civilli going 2-for-3.
16 year old starter Carlos Jimenez went the first five innings, not allowing any runs on three hits and a walk as he fanned five.
As the draft is over and Extended Sprint Training is shutting down in anticipation of play beginning next week in the rookie and short-season leagues, 22 players have been assigned to the West Virginia Black Bears at Morgantown. A full report will be coming this weekend.
The most notable of these is 2018 second round pick Braxton Ashcraft who only logged 18 innings in the Gulf Coast League after being drafted last year, but will now be competing against the higher level college picks from this year and players heading state side from the Dominican league. Players who are being demoted to Morgantown, having already played in full-season leagues, include RHP Scooter Hightower from Double-A Altoona, 2B Dean Lockery from High-A Bradenton and 1B Kyle Mottice from Low-A Greensboro.
LHP Elvis Escobar, who converted to pitching from the outfield last summer and saw a high workload, especially in the winter leagues, has been in Extended Spring Training but will now end up on Double-A Altoona’s Disabled List with a left shoulder strain.
Pirates RHP Chris Stratton began a rehab stint at Triple-A Indianapolis and pitched in relief on Wednesday, and Low-A Greensboro SS Zach Kone will rehab at Morgantown when they start play next week.
The Pirates announced the signing of seven more 2019 draft picks - OF Chase Murray, C Eli Wilson, 2B Cory Wood, OF Matt Fraizer, OF Matt Gorski, RHP Cameron Junker, OF Blake Sabol, and IF Jared Triolo.
2019-06-04 Indianapolis - OF Trayvon Robinson
2019-05-22 Bradenton - LHP Ike Schlabach
2019-05-17 Bradenton - LHP Oddy Nunez, back strain
2019-05-16 Altoona - RHP Tate Scioneaux, left ankle sprain
2019-05-10 Greensboro - SS Zach Kone, right shoulder strain
2019-05-04 Bradenton - RHP Drew Fischer, right elbow strain
2019-04-28 Indianapolis - RHP J.T. Brubaker, right forearm strain
2019-04-28 Bradenton - SS Oneil Cruz, right foot fracture
2019-04-26 Altoona - 2B Steven Alemais, right shoulder strain
2019-04-21 Indianapolis - RHP Brandon Maurer, right knee inflammation
2019-04-04 Greensboro - RHP Travis McGregor, recovering from Sept 2018 Tommy John surgery
2019-04-04 Altoona - RHP Gage Hinsz, right forearm strain