Pirates RHP Keone Kela started a rehabilitation assignment at Indianapolis.
Bradenton activated RHP Ryan Valdes from the injured list. He’d been out since June 19 with a right shoulder strain.
Bradenton placed 2B Raul Siri on the 7-day injured list. He’d been hitting 246/346/391 in 22 games between Greensboro and Bradenton.
C John Bormann was promoted from West Virginia to Bradenton.
On Friday, Indians pitchers struck out fifteen Columbus batters while also allowing fifteen hits. The teams reversed their roles on Saturday, as sixteen Indianapolis batters went down on strikes between collecting fifteen hits and scoring seventeen times.
Indianapolis starter James Marvel (10-5, 3.23) took a two-hit, two-walk shutout into the fifth, extending his Triple-A scoreless streak to eleven innings, but in the fifth his command escaped him. Marvel made it to a two out, two on, 0-2 count without a run scoring, but a roller through the right side scored one and after the second walk of the inning another roller scored a pair, then on Marvel’s 36th pitch of the inning a ringing double to right center brought in two more, ending his night and his string of five consecutive games of seven or more innings.
Montana DuRapau (2.67 ERA in 30 1⁄3 IP) entered, and out of the six batters he faced, two walked and four went down on strikes.
Keone Kela then made his first rehab appearance and was strong, striking out the first two batters before the third liften a lazy fly to center.
By the time Marvel faltered, he’d already been staked to a 9-0 lead. CF Pablo Reyes (261/313/507) blasted a pair of two-run homers, giving him seven on the year.
Rehabbing RF Gregory Polanco (246/377/368) and LF Kevin Kramer (272/356/418) each drove in four runs on a pair of doubles and 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (247/337/403) had a single and his fifth homer of the season.
1B Will Craig (244/323/449) was the only member of the lineup to not collect a hit, going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts, leaving him 0-for-10 with seven whiffs in the last two games.
Cody Bolton (6-4, 2.72) continued to struggle in his third start with Altoona. After posting a 1.61 ERA in twelve starts with Bradenton, suffering just one home run Bolton has allowed a 7.53 ERA in Double-A, with four long balls.
Al the runs off Bolton came on a three-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the third. In five innings, he allowed five five hits and two walks while striking out four.
Still, Bolton left with a 5-4 lead that was extended to 7-4 when the Curve scored a pair in the fifth, but Erie tied the scored off Yeudy Garcia (5.93 ERA in 41 IP) with three in the sixth. Those were the last runs to score until DH Logan Hill (255/335/436) blasted a three-run homer in the top of the tenth, his eighth and second in two days, to give Altoona the win.
Down a run in the bottom of the eleventh, LF Lucas Tancas (269/321/395) ripped his third hit of the game, a bases loaded double to the wall in right center, scoring a pair to walk it off and give him five RBI in the game.
Gavin Wallace (2-4, 3.67) started and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three.
Reliever Nick Mears (2.95 ERA in 36 2⁄3 IP) gave up a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to give Fort Myers the lead, but Bradenton sent the game to extras when C Deon Stafford (232/335/387) banged a one-out homer to left, his sixth.
Starter Steven Jennings (5-7, 5.13) was hit hard, surrendering five runs on eight hits and two walks in four and two thirds innings. He struck out four.
Cam Alldred (4.69 ERA in 40 1⁄3 IP) followed with four more runs in an inning and two thirds, both pitchers roughed up in a six run fifth for West Virginia.
The Grasshoppers outhit their opponents sixteen to fourteen, and had tied the score at 8-8 after six, but could not score over the final three innings.
RF Jonah Davis (186/293/346) had three hits, including his sixth homer. Since June 30 he’s hit 17-for-51.
Short Season A
Will Kobos (8.16 ERA in 14 1⁄3 IP) had his best start of four, allowing two runs in five innings without a walk, but gave up seven hits while striking out five.
Right-hander Tahnaj Thomas (4.41 ERA in 16 1⁄3 IP) was dominant, allowing three hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in five innings, but a solo homer was the only blemish that tagged him with a loss as his teammates could only muster one hit in his support.
In his last three starts, the 20 year old Thomas has allowed three runs in 14 2⁄3 innings, with one walk and twenty strikeouts.
Continuing the lack of offense in the short season leagues, the Pirates fail to score while collecting just two hits and two walks.
No games scheduled.
2019-07-12 LHP Blake Weiman
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)
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
2019-07-13 2B Raul Siri.
2019-07-07 LHP Braeden Ogle
2019-07-06 RHP Logan Stoelke
2019-06-30 2B Chase Lambert, right big toe sprain.
2019-06-28 LF Daniel Amaral
2019-05-17 LHP Oddy Nunez, back strain
2019-05-04 RHP Drew Fischer, right elbow strain
2019-06-28 LHP Zach Spears (60 day)
2019-04-04 RHP Travis McGregor (60 day), 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 (60 day)