Starter Jefrey Ramirez (3.34 ERA in 29 2⁄3 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 1⁄3 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.
Pearce was 0-for-4 with three punch outs.
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 1⁄3 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.
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 2⁄3 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.
Delmarva starter Ryan Wilson (4.23 ERA in 27 2⁄3 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 2⁄3 innings over his last four starts.
Reliever Conner Loeprich (4.70 ERA in 38 1⁄3 IP) walked one and fanned five over three innings but allowed two additional runs.
Short Season A
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 1⁄3 IP) gave up three runs in four innings on six hits and three walks, but reliever Brandon Maurer (2.89 ERA in 9 1⁄3 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.
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.
Pirates-1 pitchers walked 19 batters. Need I say more?
It had to happen sometime.
Colorado plated five runs in the fourth inning, four of them unearned, on four hits and a walk.
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)
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
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
2019-04-04 RHP Travis McGregor, recovering from Sept 2018 Tommy John surgery
2019-06-17 RHP Lizardy Dicent
2019-06-17 LHP Roger Santana