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All Hands on Deck: Chris Sharpe stays hot for Bradenton

Chris Sharpe
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The system split while Chris Sharpe banged out three hits for victorious Greensboro.

Triple-A

Indianapolis (31-22) dropped a 4-2 score to visiting Gwinnett (33-23)

Mitch Keller (5-1, 3.40), returned to Triple-A after making his major debut in Cincinnati, dropped his first decision for the Indians despite pitching well, allowing two runs in six innings on three hits and two walks while fanning five.

Gwinnett scored both runs and all their hits off Keller in the third when Luis Marte led off with a line single to right and one out later went to third on Rafael Ortega’s line single to center. After Andres Blanco’s grounder scored Marte and advanced Ortega to second, Adam Duvall lined another single to center to score Ortega.

Gwinnett pitchers Patrick Weigel (2.15 ERA in 29 13 IP) and Ben Owen (2.09 ERA in 43 IP) scattered seven hits, as only 2B Kevin Kramer (274/355/473) and SS Pablo Reyes (222/259/420) were able to muster two apiece.

Jung-ho Kang went 0-for-3 with a walk and two K’s and Corey Dickerson was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Double-A

Altoona’s (24-29) bats stayed cold as they fell 4-1 to visiting New Hampshire (25-29)

The Curve offense managed only five singles and a walk as 21 year old lefty Domingo Robles (5-6, 2.84) allowed three runs in six innings in his second start since being promoted from Bradenton. He gave up six hits including a homer, and two walks while fanning three.

High-A

Bradenton (32-23) took advantage of a pair of three run innings in winning 7-3 at Tampa (23-32)

LF Chris Sharpe (283/364/439), who’s gone 14-for-27 in his last seven games, collected three more hits as he batted cleanup in Sunday’s win.

Max Kranick (4-5, 4.61) had an uneven start, allowing two runs in six and a third innings on only three hits, including a solo homer, but walked four.

CF Travis Swaggerty (249/341/376), dropped from leadoff to the third slot, responded with a three-run homer in the fifth to put the Marauders up 4-1. SS Robbie Glendinning (321/371/577) was moved from cleanup to second in the order, and had a single, double and a walk in five trips. Cal Mitchell did not play after being struck in the helmet with a pickoff throw the game before.

Sharpe was selected by the Pirates two years in the 14th round of the 2017 draft from Massachusetts-Lowell. He’s improved each year, with a .684 OPS at Morgantown in 2017, .722 at Charleston in 2018 and currently .803 at Bradenton.

Low-A

Greensboro (37-18) kept rolling with a 4-3 win over visiting Lakewood (18-37)

The Grasshoppers took a 1-0 lead in the first when they drew four walks off Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.40) who on the season has 55 K’s in 33 13 innings, but Sunday only lasted six batters as he threw only 11 of 28 pitches for strikes.

They tacked on two more runs in the second on a Zac Susi leadoff double, three more walks, and a sacrifice fly by DH Rodolfo Castro (266/316/566).

lakewood chipped away with a two-run homer off starter Alex Manasa (6-0, 3.34) in the fourth before tying it 3-3 in the fourth, but Greensboro got the game winning run in the seventh when with two outs 1B Mason Martin (265/359/592) doubled and Castro singled him in.

Manasa allowed four hits and a walk in sic innings while striking out seven.

RF Jack Herman doubled in three trips but struck out twice.

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