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All Hands on Deck: Marvel performs for Altoona

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Indianapolis (37-32) loses 6-3 at Buffalo (33-36)

Eduardo Vera (3-5, 5.94), coming off two straight quality starts, got knocked around, allowing five runs on nine hits, including a homer, in five and a third innings. Throwing 58 of 81 pitches for strikes (71%), Vera didn’t walk any and struck out five. One of his runners scored when Dovydas Neverauskas relieved in the sixth and gave up a home run of his own.

23 year old left-hander Blake Weiman (1.77 ERA in 20 13 IP) made his Triple-A debut, working a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts. An 8th round pick in 2017 out of the University of Kansas, in his three pro seasons Weiman has compiled a 2.69 ERA in 77 relief appearances covering 120 23 innings, walking just 18 while fanning 138. Here is video from 2018 while he was with Bradenton.

Darnell Sweeney had a single and a double for the Indians, who as a team struck out twelve times.

Buffalo starter Thomas Pannone, recently demoted from Toronto where he had a 5.91 ERA, had eight of those K’s in four scoreless, one-hit innings.


Altoona (36-32) holds on for 3-1 win over visiting Harrisburg (42-29)

25 year old right-hander James Marvel (7-5, 3.36) turned in a fine start, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks in 7 23 innings. He fanned nine. Lifted for hitting his pitch limit, Marvel threw 67 of 98 for strikes. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in five of his last six starts, and has worked into the eighth in each of the last two.

The Curve scored early, as SS Robbie Glendinning (337-404/591) singled home runs in both the first and third innings, leading to a 3-0 lead. However, he did not take the field in the fourth inning, replaced by Alfredo Reyes.

2B Mitchell Tolman (257/320/353) had three hits and 3B Hunter Owen (298/372/570) had a single and a double.


Bradenton (37-32) gets clobbered 12-7 by visiting Clearwater (38-31)

22 year old right-hander Aaron Shortridge (3-2, 3.95) selected in the 4th round a year ago, got knocked around early, surrendering seven runs in the first three innings. He stayed on through five, getting to 92 pitches, leaving with a total of eight hits (including two homers) and two walks.

The Marauders scored three runs in each of the first and fifth, tying the game at 7-7, but the bullpen coughed up three late runs.

RF Cal Mitchell (280/316/457) led the way with a double and homer, his ninth of the year, in five trips, driving in three.

C Deon Stafford hits his 5th home run and CF Travis Swaggerty (219/317/322) had two singles and a walk.


Greensboro was not scheduled (All-Star break)

Short Season A

West Virginia (3-3) falls 7-4 to visiting Mahoning Valley (4-2)

Starter Will Kobos, a 2018 19th rounder, who had a 7.11 ERA with Bristol last year, struggle din his first appearance this year, giving up four runs in two and a third innings on three hits and four walks.

Reliever Denny Roman was tagged for two more runs on five hits, putting the Black Bears down 7-0 in the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth they scored four times on five hits, two on Nick Patten’s double, chasing the Scrappers’ starter Carlos Vargas, but neither team would score the rest of the game.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (0-2) blanked 1-0 by visiting Burlington (2-0)

After scoring only once in their opening game, Bristol that followed that up with a three-hit whitewash in game two.

Starter Luis Ortiz pitched very well, blanking Burlington over five innings on just two hits and a walk, as he fanned four. Reliever Luis Arrieta only allowed one hit, but three walks in the eighth followed by a wild pitch led to the game’s only run.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (5-11) defeated 5-4 by visiting Dodgers Shoemaker (8-8)

Pirates-1 pitchers fanned thirteen batters, but the first four Dodgers batters in the eighth got hits off reliever Yeisson Santos, plating three runs.

LF Luis Tello (316/400/395) had three hits.

Pirates-2 (14-2) roll 13-3 at Giants (10-6)

The red hot Pirates-2 banged out nineteen hits as well as six free passes in the game, where they led 5-3 after seven but exploded for eight more runs in the final two innings.

SS Dariel Lopez (400/404/533) led the way with five singles in six at-bats, driving in four. CF Jauri Custodio (348/386/545) had three hits.


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 (rehabbing at West Virginia)

2019-05-04 Bradenton - RHP Drew Fischer, right elbow strain

2019-04-28 Indianapolis - RHP J.T. Brubaker, right forearm strain (rehabbing at Bristol)

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 (rehabbing at West Virginia)

2019-04-04 Greensboro - RHP Travis McGregor, recovering from Sept 2018 Tommy John surgery

2019-04-04 Altoona - RHP Gage Hinsz, right forearm strain