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LF Brent Citta was promoted from Bristol to West Virginia while LF Luke Mangieri was promoted from West Virginia to Greensboro.

1B Mason Martin (258/357/565) was promoted from Greensboro to Bradenton. He had 23 homers and 84 RBI.

Bradenton then released CF Ryan Peurifoy (117/221/217) and activated RHP Aaron Shortridge from the Injured List, where he’d been since June 27.

Games

Triple-A

Indianapolis was not scheduled.

Double-A

Altoona was not scheduled.

High-A

Bradenton (47-39) drops the scheduled game 4-2 at Lakeland (37-48) in 7 innings

Max Kranick (5-7, 3.97) pitched a six-inning complete game, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk, with three of the runs coming in the bottom of the second inning.

SS Oneil Cruz (321/369/526) got the Marauders on the board with a solo homer in the fourth inning, his fourth of the year, but the offense did little else, managing only five hits and three walks.

Cruz also walked and stole his seventh base while LF Lolo Sanchez (274/346/399), who’s only had a .186 BA since being promoted, was 2-for-3.

Bradenton (47-40) falls 3-1 at Lakeland (38-48) in 7 innings in makeup of Monday’s postponement.

In game two the Marauders offense was even worse, collecting two hits, their only run coming on CF Travis Swaggerty’s (247/332/353) solo homer in the sixth, his sixth of the year.

Lakeland managed only one hit off opener Joe Jacques (2.79 ERA in 48 13 IP) and none off reliever Hunter Stratton (4.59 ERA in 51 IP), but with four walks and three Bradenton errors that was enough to place single runs in three different innings and secure the Lakeland victory.

In four innings, Jacques allowed two earned runs on the one hit plus three walks, while fanning just one.

Low-A

Greensboro (54-33) pulls out 5-4 victory at Kannapolis (39-48)

The Grasshoppers jumped out to a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Kannapolis tied it with two in the seventh before RF Jonah Davis’ sacrifice fly in the ninth scored 2B Ji-hwan Bae (297/379/374) with the winning run.

Starter Colin Selby (3-2, 3.14) ran through the rain drops, giving up two runs, only one earned, on seven hits and three walks in five innings.

Two Kannapolis errors, a hit by pitch and a single by CF Fabricio Macias (273/334/410) gave Greensboro two runs in the first, and they added two more in the third on a double by SS Connor Kaiser (209/367/349), followed by a walk to Macias, an RBI single by C Grant Koch (223/283/308) and a sacrifice fly from 1B Michael Gretler (206/292/286).

Bae, Kaiser and DH Kyle Mottice (395/517/465) each had two hits.

Short Season A

West Virginia (14-10) walks off 10-9 in 12 innings over visiting Auburn (11-13)

Auburn’s shortstop booted a ground ball with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the twelfth to give the Black Bears their hard earned victory.

The teams combined for 21 hits and 24 walks, 16 of the free passes drawn by West Virginia.

West Virginia struck first on LF Matt Gorski’s (208/259/340) three-run homer in the first, his first as a pro.

Auburn tied it with three in the third off starter Jesus Valles (5.56 ERA in 22 23 IP), who gave up four runs in five innings on five hits and a walk.

3B Jared Triolo’s (231/292/492) two-run, two-out double in the fourth put West Virginia back up 5-3.

After that, there were eleven different half innings where one of the teams scored exactly one run.

Down 7-6 going to the bottom of the ninth, CF Brett Kinneman (171/281/307) led off bouncing a ball over the right field fence for a ground rule double. He went to third on a ground to third then scored the tying run on another grounder to third, beating the throw to the plate.

The Black Bears tried to win it there, as after two wild pitches and two intentional walks the bases were loaded with one out, but Auburn got the force at home for out number two on Ethan Paul’s grounder to first.

Auburn took a 8-7 lead in the top of the tenth, but the fake runner scored the tying run for West Virginia after a walk and two more wild pitches.

Auburn took a 9-8 lead in the top of the eleventh, but the fake runner scored the tying run for West Virginia after a walk and Triolo’s ground single to center.

Auburn failed to score in the top of the twelfth, but with one out in the bottom of the frame RF Blake Sabol (241/371/397) walked and DH Victor Ngoepe (323/405/387) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, settign the stage for Haug’s walk-off error.

Francis Del Orbe (2.45 ERA in 14 23 IP) got the victory, walking one and fanning five in three innings.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol was not scheduled

Rookie

GCL Twins at GCL Pirates was postponed

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (17-16) rolls 13-3 at Indians/Brewers Coop (9-24)

The Pirates banged out fifteen hits and put three crooked numbers on the scoreboard.

1B Shendrik Apostel (231/423/462) was 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, giving him four, and he drove in five runs. DH Franrielis Bastardo was 2-for-4 with a three run homer, his fourth, driving in four.

Starter Joelvis Del Rosario (5.61 ERA in 25 23 IP) allowed only one run in five and two third on four hits and a walk while fanning four.

Pirates-2 (27-6) blasts visiting Tigers-2 by 10-2 score

Starter Sergio Urmana (5-1, 2.08) went five scoreless innings, giving up six hits and no walks with six strikeouts. He as walks only two batters in 34 23 innings, while fanning 36.

The Pirates had twelve hits and drew seven walks, with five players collecting two hits each.

3B Alexander Mojica (357/486/655), second in the league in OPS, had a single, double and two walks. LF Randy Romero (396/442/593), tenth in OPS, drove in three runs with his two hits.

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Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

2019-06-27 3B Hunter Owen, left hand contusion

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)

Double-A Altoona

2019-07-05 RF Bralin Jackson, left ankle sprain.

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

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

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

High-A Bradenton

2019-07-07 LHP Braeden Ogle

2019-06-28 LF Daniel Amaral

2019-05-17 LHP Oddy Nunez, back strain

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

Low-A Greensboro

2019-06-28 LHP Zach Spears (60 day)

2019-04-04 RHP Travis McGregor (60 day), recovering from Sept 2018 Tommy John surgery

Advanced Rookie

2019-06-17 RHP Lizardy Dicent

2019-06-17 LHP Roger Santana

Rookie

2019-06-24 RHP Andres Arrieta (60 day)