Three teams did have the day off, but the other six all claimed victories.
Mitch Keller (6-1, 2.89), in his first start since being returned to the minors, scattered six hits and no walks on seven and a third innings, while striking out six. 60 of his 93 pitches went for strikes.
Louisville’s only run came on a solo home run by #3 hitter Josh VanMeter (352/432/711) in the fourth inning, his 13th. Scooter Gennett was 2-for-4 in a rehab appearance.
The Indians only had six hits, but got a pair of runs in the second when C Steve Baron hit his second homer of the year, driving in 1B Will Craig (263/346/492), who had reached on an error.
Starter Brandon Waddell (7.58 ERA in 38 IP) allowed two runs in four innings, but reliever Beau Sulser (1.17 ERA in 46 1⁄3 IP) picked up the victory with another dominant performance, allowing just one hit and fanning four in three shutout innings.
Tied 2-2 in the seventh inning, the Curve struck for three runs. Jerrick Suiter singled, Arden Pabst was hit by a pitch and Brett Pope reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. The pitcher Sulser drove in the first run when he bounced into a forceout, Mitchell Tolman singled in Pabst and Sulser scored the final run on Chris Sharpe’s ground out.
Bradenton was not scheduled.
21 year old right-hander Alex Manasa (7-1, 3.01), in his first appearance in seventeen days, didn’t strike anyone out but still did not allow any earned runs in seven innings, as he scattered six hits and one walk. Manasa threw only 68 pitches in his seven innings, 48 for strikes.
The Grasshoppers jumped on the board with three runs in the first inning on three hits, including an RBI single by DH Patrick Dorrian (260/352/451) and a double by C Grant Koch that drove in Dorrian. They added two more in the second to give Manasa a comfortable lead.
Short Season A
West Virginia was not scheduled.
Bristol was not scheduled.
18 year old right-hander Enmanuel De los Santos, who made six starts last year in the Dominican League, tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while fanning four.
The Pirates scored three in the fifth and took a 4-0 lead into the ninth, but were able to hold on while 18 year old Nicaraguan Bryan Torres “earned” a hold by surrendering three runs in the ninth.
Oneil Cruz (244/306/333) started his rehab from a broken foot suffered in April, going 1-for-3 on an infield single while batting third and playing shortstop. Sammy Siani, the 37th overall pick in this year’s draft out of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, made his pro debut by going 1-for-5 on a bunt hit with three strikeouts while leading off and playing center field.
The Pirates-2 scored in six of the eight innings they batted while getting strong pitching performances from starter Valentin Linarez (4.58 ERA in 17 2⁄3 IP) who allowed two hits and struck out six in four innings, and from reliever Antonio Gonzalez (1.17 ERA in 15 1⁄3 IP) who also went four innings, allowing three hits and striking out five.
The batter knocked out seventeen hits while drawing eight walk and fanning only three times. RF Franrielis Bastardo (224/348/431) had two hits, including his third homer, and knocked in three.
Pirates-2 pitchers struck out sixteen while walking only two. 19 year old reliever Domingo Gonzalez (0.43 ERA, 29 K in 21 IP) pick up his fourth win in six appearances with five shutout innings, allowing two hits and no walks while punching out eight.
They held an 8-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth but survived a six run comeback attempt by the Mariners.
16 year old 3B Alexander Mojica (354/492/729) was 2-for-4, including his fourth homer, and drove in three.
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 (rehabbing at GCL Pirates)
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