2018 3rd round pick, OF Michael Fraizer from the University of Arizona, was assigned to West Virginia.
The Indians got on the board first when Trayvon Robinson lined a solo homer to right field in the second inning, his third of the year, but that was the only run they’d score on the night as they collected only five hits.
Cam Vieaux (4-3, 3.22) allowed only one run in four and two thirds, but was touched for five hits and two walks. The run came on a solo homer by Mark Mathias in the third, his sixth of the year.
Luis Escobar (2.28 ERA in 43 1⁄3 IP) followed Vieaux with two and a third scoreless innings, striking out four, but Blake Weiman (2.28 ERA in 23 2⁄3 IP) got knocked around for three hits and a pair of walks, surrendering the go ahead run in the eighth.
In 21 year old right-hander Cody Bolton’s (6-4, 2.05) Double-A debut, things could hardly have gone better through the first four innings, but everything fell apart in the fifth.
After striking out the first batter of the game, Bolton allowed a two-out single in the first but two pitches later picked off the runner and ending the inning. He then retired the next nine batters, five of them on strikes, facing the minimum through four.
In the fifth, the first batter grounded a single through the left and the next worked an eight pitch walk. After a popup, a four pitch walk loaded the bases and a soft liner to left brought in first run. Done for the night after 76 pitches (47 for strikes), Bolton made way for Joel Cesar who promptly served up a bases clearing triple, saddling Bolton with four runs on the night.
For the Curve, SS Robbie Glendinning (338/398/580) had two of the team’s eight hits and all of the RBIs, singling in runs in both the first and third innings.
Down 3-2 after five, the Marauders scored five over the next three innings.
Gavin Wallace (4.25 ERA in 42 1⁄3 IP) made his second start of the season and went four scoreless innings, despite allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Hunter Stratton (4.03 ERA in 44 2⁄3 IP) followed and coughed up three runs on three hits and two walks in just two thirds of an inning, but Braeden Ogle and Nick Mears (2.67 ERA in 30 1⁄3 IP) shut the door, with Mears fanning five in two scoreless innings.
Bradenton’s first two runs both came on solo homers by SS Rodolfo Castro (250/308/534), his first two since being promoted and now with 16 on the year. He also had an RBI double.
3B Dylan Busby (220/309/487) had two hits and three RBI, including a two-run homer, his 16th.
21 year old right-hander Conner Loeprich (1-3, 4.36) allowed only two hits and a walk in five innings, the only run coming on a solo homer, while striking out seven, He threw 53 of 84 pitches for strikes.
The Grasshoppers had thirteen hits and seven walks. 1B Mason Martin (260/350/566) blasted his 20th homer of the season, a two run shot in the eighth. He also had a single and a walk. 2B Ji-hwan Bae (289/372/368) was 2-for-4 with a walk and scored three times. CF Fabricio Macias (277/350/421) had four hits and three RBI and is 13 for his last 28. RF Jack Herman (250/333/571) had two hits and DH Kyle Mottice (396/526/462) had only a single and walk in five trips to the plate and was caught stealing.
Short Season A
Last year’s 2nd round pick, 19 year old right-hander Braxton Ashcraft (5.27 ERA in 13 2⁄3 IP), had a shaky start, losing his third decision. In four innings he threw 45 of 66 pitches for strikes (68%) but walked two and struck out only one as he was touched for five hits that led to four runs.
The Black Bears went down on strikes fourteen times as they collected only seven hits.
The Pirates knocked out the Twins starting pitcher with four runs in the first and tacked on another three in the second, surviving six Elizabethton runs in the middle innings.
Struggling for hits and runs early in the season, the Bristol batters totaled thirtene hits and eight walks, even if they did strikeout thirteen times.
DH Chase Murray, this year’s 13th round pick, had two hits and two driven in. LF Francisco Acuna had a single, double and three RBI.
20 year old Dominican right-hander Luis Ortiz made his second professional appearance, getting knocked around for four runs in three and two thirds on six hits and three walks.
Johnstown’s Trey McGough got the victory with two perfect innings of relief, striking out two.
Pirates pitchers struck out eighteen Rays batters in eleven innings but reliever C.J. Dandeneau was tagged for three unearned runs in that final inning.
Starter Estalin Ortiz fanned seven in three and two thirds, but surrendered three runs on four hits and four walks. Hai-Cheng Gong, who’s now pitched one game each at West Virginia, Bristol and the GCL, struck out three of the four batters he faced.
16 year old right-hander Andy Maldonado (11.12 ERA in 11 1⁄3 IP) lost his second decision in four starts, walking five batters in three and two thirds innings.
The Pirates-2 squad fell behind in the first and were tied 4-4 after two, but two relievers held the Royals-2 to just one hit and no runs over the final six innings. 17 year old right-hander Miguel Toribio (1.06 ERA in 17 IP) worked the final four, striking out five.
Meanwhile the batters collected fourteen hits and five walks. RF Randy Romero (359/417/563) had three hits and stole three bases, giving him 14 with being caught. C Jommer Hernandez (306/414/469) had three hits, falling a homer short of a cycle. LF Mario Jerez who had two hits in only his second game, was the only member of the starting nine with a batting average under .300, but he was replaced defensively by Rodolfo Nolasco, hitting 343/378/537.
2019-06-19 2B Jake Elmore
2019-06-12 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes, fractured left index finger
2019-06-12 Util Pablo Reyes, ankle
2019-04-28 RHP J.T. Brubaker, right forearm strain (rehabbing at West Virginia)
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
2019-06-24 RHP Andres Arrieta