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All Hands on Deck: Morgantown starts play as good starting pitching abounds

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SS Robbie Glendinning started the year at Double-A Altoona after jumping from Low-A in 2018 and played nine games before being dropped back down to High-A Bradenton when Oneil Cruz went out with a fractured foot. After hitting 340/392/599 in 43 games for the Marauders, usually batting third or fourth in the lineup, he’s back up to Altoona. Hopefully this might also mean Cruz is close to returning, but for now his spot was filled by 2B Francisco Acuna who’d been in Extended Spring Training.

LF Logan Hill, after 199 games over parts of three seasons at Double-A Altoona will finally get his first taste of Triple-A, as he’s promoted to Indianapolis after hitting 284/356/447, despite only four home runs after hitting 16, 18 and 17 each of the last three seasons.

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Games

Triple-A

Indianapolis (35-30) fell 4-2 to visiting Pawtucket (29-37)

24 year old right-hander Mexican Eduardo Vera (3-4, 5.75), in his eighth year in the Pirates’ system, had one of his best games of the season, allowing one run on six hits and no walks in six innings while fanning five.

Vera left with a 2-1 lead, but reliever Chris Stratton, on a rehabilitation assignment gave up three runs in the seventh. In two innings he allowed five hits.

The Indians managed only five hits and a walk off Red Sox pitching. Both their runs came in the first, when SS Cole Tucker (297/373/527) opened the game with a triple and 2B Jake Elmore (364/423/532) followed with a double. Two outs later CF Jason Martin (229/272/420) singled home Elmore, but the team would have only two more hits on the night.

Logan Hill, at DH, was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his Triple-A debut.

Double-A

Altoona (33-31) gets ten hits in a 6-2 win at Binghamton (33-28)

21 year old lefty Domingo Robles (6-6, 2.66) scuffled, giving up six hits and three walks, but only let two runners cross the plate by the time he was pulled with two outs in the fifth, leaving with the scored tied at two. He Threw 66 of 101 pitches for strikes.

The Curve then scored four over the next three innings, as SS Robbie Glendinning (339/393/602), batting third, celebrated his return to Altoona with two hits and a walk, including a two-run homer in the seventh, his second for the Curve and tenth of the season.

3B Hunter Owen (300/373/573) was 3-for-3 with a walk.

High-A

Bradenton did not play.

Low-A

Greensboro (42-25) rode strong pitching to a 4-1 win at Kannapolis (28-38)

20 year old right-hander Steven Jennings (5-6, 5.14), a 2017 second round pick, had his second strong start of his last three, allowing four hits and a walk in six innings while striking out seven. His lone run was on a solo homer.

The Grasshoppers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth when SS Connor Kaiser (198/364/342) walked and C Grant Koch (227/281/326) singled to open the inning, and 3B Patrick Dorrian (249/338/455) stepped in and slammed his sixth homer to right field.

Dorrian, Koch and Rodolfo Castro each had two hits.

Short Season

West Virginia’s (0-1) come back fell short, falling 5-4 to visiting Mahoning Valley (1-0)

19 year old right-hander Braxtan Ashcraft, the Pirates’ second round pick in 2018, had a rough start to his season, when after four batters three runs were on the board by way of a hit by pitch, single, double, error and passed ball - but then he slammed the door, retiring fourteen of the last fifteen batters he faced, the only baserunner a third inning walk. Ashcraft struck out three in his five innings, throwing 47 of 75 pitches for strikes (63%)

The Black Bears scored two in the third when RF Juan Pie led off with a walk, scored on Dean Lockery’s double, who then went to third on the throw and came home on a ground out.

They threatened again in the bottom of ninth, scoring two and having the tying run at first, but fell a run short.

CF Jonah Davis returned from Extended Spring Training after a brutal start at Low-A Greensboro that saw him hit 131/223/238 in 22 games. Davis started his pro career with a strong 306/398/612 effort in 2018 at Rookie level Bristol. In this game he was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (5-7) fell 8-6 to visiting Red Sox-2 (6-6)

The Red Sox scored all eight of their runs in the seventh inning after Pirates’ starter Braham Rosario turned in four scoreless innings. He now has a 2.10 ERA in 60 innings this year and last in the DSL.

1B Darwin Baez (289/340/511) had three hits.

Pirates-2 (10-2) rolled 11-1 at Royals-2 (4-8)

Jose Amaya got his third victory with four innings of one-hit scoreless relief.

The offense banged out fourteen hits, including home runs by 16 year old 3B Alexander Mojica (429/568/821), who was 3-for-3 with four RBI, and 17 year old DH Rodolfo Nolasco (317/341/537), who also had a triple and five RBI.

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Disabled List

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