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Indianapolis placed OF Eric Wood (226/311/428) on the 7-day Injured List with a left foot contusion. A 6th Round pick out of junior college in 2012 at age 19, this is Wood’s eighth year at the organization, reaching Triple-A.

Indianapolis also activated RHP Yefry Ramirez from the Temporarily Inactive List and RHP Brandon Maurer from the Injured List, where he’d been since Apr. 21 with right knee inflammation.

21 year old Mexican RF Fernando Villegas, who had four rehab appearances in the GCL, going 0-for-9, was activated from the IL and transferred from Greensboro down to Bristol.

In a pair of lateral moves in the DSL, C Yeison Ceballo goes to the Pirates-1 while 2B Bladimir Susanna goes to Pirates-2.

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Games

Triple-A

Indianapolis (45-44) 5-4 winner at Columbus (55-34)

Mitch Keller (7-3, 3.07), scratched from his All-Star start, instead came back a day later with six strong shutout innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while whiffing eight. He threw 63 of 100 pitches for strikes. His fellow All-Stars didn’t fair as well, as Montana DuRapau (2.79 ERA in 29 IP) gave up a three-run homer to Max Moroff in the seventh and Dovydas Neverauskus likewise surrendered a solo shot in the eighth.

But that didn’t matter as the Indians, despite getting only five hits in the game, scored all five of their runs on only two hits and all six of their walks in the game against a trio of pitchers in the top of the seventh.

Clipper’s starter Zach Plesac (3-1, 2.73) had a shutout into the seventh, but was chased after loading the bases on walks to 1B Will Craig (252/332/464) and DH Kevin Kramer (268/350/410), sandwiched around a single by 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (240/331/390). His bullpen didn’t do much better, as Jon Edwards walked both C Christian Kelley (201/268/302) and SS Cole Tucker (292/359/513) to force in runs. Two more scored on PH J.B. Shuck’s (288/363/450) single, and the final and deciding run on a passed ball.

Yu Chang’s leadoff homer in the eighth brought Columbus back to within one, then they loaded the bases with one out before Neverauskus escaped the inning by fanning both Dioner Navarro and Moroff.

Double-A

Altoona (47-39) comes up short, 5-3, at Erie (45-40)

Sean Brady (4-8, 4.59), who’s pitched well of late, with a 2.78 ERA over his last ten starts, saw the first three batters of the game single, and after an error by SS Gift Ngoepe served up a double that drove in the second and third runs of the inning. Brady would go on to allow just one earned run in six innings on six hits and a walk, but did not strike out a batter.

The Curve tried to chip away but after two in the ninth on 3B Robbie Glendinng’s (328/381/557) single, were still left two runs short.

CF Jared Oliva (268/359/406) continued his hot hitting with a double and a triple in four at bats.

High-A

Bradenton (48-41) holds on for 3-2 victory at Lakewood (39-49)

Nick Economos (8-5, 2.23) had another strong start, allowing just three base runners in seven innings, and taking a shutout into the seventh before surrendering a lead off solo homer. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five, throwing 64 of 92 pitches for strikes.

SS Oneil Cruz (322/366/540) led the Marauders offense again, smacking his fourth home rin eight games since rejoining the team from the Injured List, and giving him five on the year.

CF Travis Swaggerty (249/338/355) drew three walks while going 0-for-2.

Low-A

Greensboro (56-33) wins big, 15-7 at Kannapolis (39-50)

Luis Nova (3-2, 5.79) had a rough start, giving up five earned runs in five innings on eight hits and a walk, but was still credited with the victory as the Grasshoppers stormed from behind.

Down 3-2 after two and tied 4-4 after three, Greensboro went ahead for good with a three-run fourth and piled on seven more in the seventh inning.

SS Connor Kaiser (214/367/363) had produced an early lead with a two-run homer in the first, his sixth, and CF Jonah Davis (171/287/322) added another two-run shot in the third, his fifth.

Davis, who had an abysmal start to the season, now has a .317 batting average with eight walks and three homers over his last ten games.

Kaiser, Davis and 2B Kyle Mottice (407/523/480) all finished the game with three hits, with Mottice driving in four runs.

Short Season A

Aberdeen at West Virginia was postponed.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (11-11) falls 4-2 to visiting Johnson City (13-8)

20 year old Adrian Florencio (4.42 ERA in 18 13 IP) allowed just one earned run in four and a third on five hits and two walks, but reliever C.J. Dandeneau (1.54 ERA in 11 23 IP) was tagged with the loss, as the only batter to reach in his two and two thirds innings was a solo homer than broke a 2-2 tie.

Rookie

GCL Pirates (7-7) prevail 5-1 over visiting Rays (6-8)

19 year old right-hander Domingo Gonzalez (0.52 ERA in 34 13 IP), in his second appearance since being promoted from the Dominican League, allowed just two single in five scoreless innings as he struck out three.

2B Yoyner Fajardo (373/387/407) had three hits.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (18-17) go down 8-3 to visiting Rangers-1 (26-8)

Starter Braham Rosario (2.90 ERA in 31 IP) was tagged with three runs in five innings on five hits and two walks. The bullpen allowed another five runs as the team surrendered seven walks.

LF Luis Tello (288/362/325) had three hits.

Pirates-2 (29-6) pull out 9-8 win at Giants (15-20)

Starter Jorge Ramos (3.26 ERA in 19 13 IP) also had a rough go, giving up four runs in the first innings, although those were the only runs he’d allowing in his four innings of work, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out just one.

Despite being in that 4-0 deficit after one inning, the Pirates offense got on a roll, eventually scoring five unanswered runs over the final three innings.

3B Alex Mojica blasted his seventh homer, tying him for second in the league. 2B Carlos Arroyo (309/375/418) and CF Jauri Custudio (325/378/470) each had three hits.

This video was posted in Jan. 2016, when Mojica was 13 years and 5 months old...and he was already wearing a Pirates’ cap.

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Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

2019-07-11 OF Eric Wood, left foot contusion

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

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