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All Hands on Deck: Bizarro world as Bristol wins but the Pirates-2 lose

Dante Mendoza



Indianapolis (38-33) battles back for 4-3 victory at pawtucket (30-42)

Starter Jefrey Ramirez (3.34 ERA in 29 23 IP) got lifted with two outs in the third, having already reached 70 pitches, even as he had just fanned Steve Pearce with two runners on - but reliever Sean Keselica (2.80 ERA in 35 13 IP) immediately served up a three-run homer to Sam Travis, his fourth. It was the only hit Keselica would allow in three innings of work, as he walked two and struck out four.

Down 3-2, the Indians battled back to tie the game in the sixth as DH Eric Wood and 2B Nick Franklin both doubled, then plated the game winner in the seventh when CF Jason Martin (230/268/410) led off with a double and SS Cole Tucker (320/382/570) singled him home.

Tucker had three hits, with Franklin, Martin, LF Kevin Kramer (274/349/438) and RF Logan Hill (275/352/453) collecting two each.

Pearce was 0-for-4 with three punch outs.


Altoona (36-33) drops 7-6 decision at Hartford (38-32)

21 year old lefty starter Domingo Robles (6-6, 3.05) coughed up solo homers in each of the first three innings, then was hit with a two-spot in the fourth to put the Curve behind 5-4. Along with the five runs, he finished with seven hits and a walk allowed in just those four innings. After ten starts with Bradenton, Robles has a 4.05 ERA in five starts since being promoted to Altoona.

Altoona bounced back to take the lead 6-5 with a pair of runs in the fifth, as 2B Mitchell Tolman (261/322/369) led off the inning with his fourth home run and an out later CF Jared Oliva (216/310/337) walked, stole second, and came home on SS Robbie Glendinning’s (335/401/589) double - but it was for naught as reliever Joel Cesar (3.18 ERA in 28 13 IP) came on in the eighth and gave up a walk single and two-out two-run double that proved to be the game-winner.

RF Bligh Madris (260/328/383), who has 13 hits in his last 32 ABs, had three RBI on two hits, including a two-run homer in the third, his fourth. Tolman and LF Chris Sharpe (296/387/457) also had two hits.


Bradenton (39-32) scores late in 4-3 win over visiting Tampa (29-41)

Down 3-0, the Marauders scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to pull out a victory.

With two outs in the first, 21 year old right-handed starter Max Kranick (4-5, 4.01) gave up two runs on four straight hits, starting with Dermis Garcia’s 15th home run of the year, but Kranick bore down, not giving up another run until three straight singles in the seventh. In between he allowed only two other hits and one walk, for a total of three runs on nine hits in seven innings, as he threw 67 of 95 pitches for strikes.

Tampa reliever J.P. Sears (4.93 ERA in 34 23 IP)was protecting that 3-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth when he opened the frame by walking Lucas Tancas. 2B Rodolfo Castro (239/302/505) and Raul Siri both singled to bring home one run, then Raul Hernandez was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. The Marauders then cleaned off the bases on a wild pitch scored one, a wild throw on that play, and Adrian Valerio’s sacrifice which brought home the game-winner.


Greensboro (44-27) blanked 3-0 by visiting Delmarva (50-21)

Delmarva starter Ryan Wilson (4.23 ERA in 27 23 IP) allowed only one hit over six shutout innings, and the Grasshoppers managed only three hits the entire game.

Greensboro starter Steven Jennings (5-7, 4.98) gave up just one run in four innings on four hits and a walk, He’s allowed only five earned runs in 21 23 innings over his last four starts.

Reliever Conner Loeprich (4.70 ERA in 38 13 IP) walked one and fanned five over three innings but allowed two additional runs.

Short Season A

West Virginia (4-4) pulls out 6-5 come from behind win over visiting State College (6-2)

Down 4-0, the Black Bears plated two runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

21 year old right-hander Jesus Valles (5.40 ERA in 8 13 IP) gave up three runs in four innings on six hits and three walks, but reliever Brandon Maurer (2.89 ERA in 9 13 IP), rehabbing from Indianapolis, got the victory as he fanned five of the six batters he faced.

SS Victor Ngoepe and 2B Cory Wood each had two hits. 3B Jared Triolo had a double and scored twice. CF Matt Gorski, drafted in the 2nd round, went 0-for-3 in his first professional game, batting cleanup.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (1-3) gains first win 4-2 over visiting Greeneville (1-3)

Bristol only got seven hits, but four of them came in a four run first, highlighted by LF Brendt Citta’s three-run double.

20 year old right-hander Dante Mendoza, acquired along with teammate Tahnaj Thomas from Cleveland in the Jordan Luplow deal, threw four shutout innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out six.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (6-12) trounced 13-6 by visiting Rays-2 (11-7)

Pirates-1 pitchers walked 19 batters. Need I say more?

Cleanup hitter, 18 year old C Darwin Baez (274/324/516) had two doubles and a homer, driving in three. 17 year old 2B Juan Jerez (345/371/621) had two hits.

Pirates-2 (15-3) lose 7-3 at Colorado (8-10)

It had to happen sometime.

Colorado plated five runs in the fourth inning, four of them unearned, on four hits and a walk.

For the Pirates-2, 16 year old cleanup hitter 3B Alexander Mojica (341/482/682) had a solo homer, his third, and RF Randy Romero (327/404/510) had three hits, including a solo homer, his first.


Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

2019-06-19 2B Jake Elmore

2019-06-12 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes, fractured left index finger

2019-06-12 Util Pablo Reyes, ankle

2019-06-04 OF Trayvon Robinson

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

2019-04-21 RHP Brandon Maurer, right knee inflammation (rehabbing at West Virginia)

Double-A Altoona

2019-06-12 LHP Elvis Escobar, left shoulder strain

2019-05-16 RHP Tate Scioneaux, left ankle sprain

2019-04-26 2B Steven Alemais, right shoulder strain

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

High-A Bradenton

2019-05-22 LHP Ike Schlabach

2019-05-17 LHP Oddy Nunez, back strain

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

2019-04-28 SS Oneil Cruz, right foot fracture

Low-A Greensboro

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

Advanced Rookie

2019-06-17 RHP Lizardy Dicent

2019-06-17 LHP Roger Santana