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RHP Wilkin Ramos, aged 18, assigned to Greensboro Grasshoppers from GCL Pirates. Ramos started in the DSL in 2018 with a 3.15 ERA in 40 IP and had thrown 10 23 IP in the GCL this year.

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Games

Triple-A

Indianapolis (47-46) demolished 20-1 by visiting Syracuse (46-48)

LF Pedro Reyes (266/314/538) hit his ninth home run, and fourth in three days, a solo shot in the second.

That was the only good thing to be said about the game, on a night when Syracuse bashed seven home runs among their 22 hits.

Starter Cam Vieaux (4-3, 3.61) served up first inning back-to-back homers to 35 year old C Rene Rivera (270/323/484), his 16th, and 1B Dilson Herrera (253/344/554), his 19th, followed two batters later by RF Travis Taijeron’s (233/357/531) 19th of the year. Vieaux was done after allowing five runs in the first and another in the third, on a total of six hits, five for extra bases.

Reliever Jake Brentz wasn’t any better, coughing up five runs in two innings on six hits and two walks.

Keone Kela made his second rehab appearance, but it didn’t go nearly as well as the first. Rivera was called out on strikes, but Herrera doubled, Arismendy Alcantara homered and Taijeron walked, forcing Kela’s exit in favor of Geoff Hartlieb, who did pitch well, with two and two third scoreless with four strikeouts.

Come the ninth, and J.B. Shuck finally had his year long scoreless streak rudely snapped by three more Syracuse home runs, from 32 year old Danny Espinosa (249/337/428), his 13th, and the second of the night for both Rivera and Taijeron. 38 year old Rajai Davis (285/338/400) was 3-for-7.

Double-A

Altoona (49-41) downed 4-3 by visiting Trenton (49-41)

Starter Pedro Vasquez (7-2, 3.23) lasted only two and a third, allowing two runs while getting knocked for five hits and two walks while fanning two.

The Curve came back to tie it with on RF Bligh Madris (265/328/385) two-run double in the fifth and went ahead 3-2 on CF Jared Oliva’s (275/367/420) fifth inning single, but reliever Austin Coley (5.21 ERA in 19 IP) gave up a pair of runs in the seventh to give Trenton the one-run victory.

Madris finished 3-for-4 and Oliva 2-for-4.

High-A

Bradenton was not scheduled.

Low-A

Greensboro (57-36) edged 6-5 in 10 innings by visiting Hagerstown (40-54)

Hagerstown took a 5-0 lead in the fifth, including a pair of solo homers among seven hits off Grasshoppers starter Alex Manasa (8-2, 3.38), who didn’t walk any while striking out only two.

Greensboro battled back to tie the game, including a solo homer by RF Jonah Davis in the fifth inning and a three-run sixth.

2B Ji-hwan Bae (310/396/398) and CF Fabricio Macias (289/343/419) had two hits each.

Short Season A

West Virginia (15-15) blanked 4-0 at Brooklyn (17-13)

In a game where Brooklyn led just 1-0 from the second until scoring three more in the seventh, Black Bears starter Jesus Valles (4.88 ERA in 27 23 IP) had a nice game, allowing that early run on just three hits and a walk in five innings, striking out four.

Reliever Winston Nicacio (3.38 ERA in 21 1/3) suffered the three runs in his second inning, including a two-run homer.

West Virginia managed just four hits and two walks. DH Blake Sabol (250/360/421) was 2-for-3.

Brooklyn starter Garrison Bryant (5.16 ERA in 29 23 IP) had his best game of the season, allowing only two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in his five shutout innings.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (12-14) battered 10-2 at Pulaski (16-9)

Pulaski starter Ken Waldichuk (2.84 ERA in 12 23 IP), who last time out threw three perfect innings at Bristol with five strikeouts, this time only went three, but was still scoreless, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning six.

In all, the Pirates hitters went down on strikes fifteen times while only collecting five hits and three walks.

Both starter Jose Maldonado (4.66 ERA in 19 1/3), who allowed five earned runs on six hits and three walks in two and two thirds, and reliever Yoelvis Reyes (7.40 ERA in 20 23 IP) with four runs on six hits and two walks in three innings, had miserable nights on the mound.

Rookie

GCL Pirates (7-10) fall 4-3 in 13 innings to visiting Braves (5-9)

Birth teams scored twice in the sixth, then both scored once in the tenth before the Braves finally scored an unanswered run in the thirteenth inning.

Starter Quinn Priester (1.59 ERA in 11 13 IP), the Pirates first pick in the 2019 draft, was brilliant, allowing only three singles in five shutout innings while fanning seven batters.

LF Sammy Siani (250/400/318) was 3-for-6 and CF Jase Bowen (265/375/353) 2-for-6.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (18-19) downed 4-0 by visiting Cubs-1 (18-19)

17 year old starter Listher Sosa (4.03 ERA in 29 IP) tossed six scoreless innings, facing only one batter over the minimum as he allowed two hits and no walks, striking out two.

Reliever Antonio Gonzalez (2.19 ERA in 24 23 IP) was then hit for four unearned runs in the eighth, He allowed four hits and two walks in two innings.

The offense managed only four singles and two walks. CF Sergio Campana (296/370/432) and SS Luis Tejeda (252/311/342) had two hits each, accounting for all of the team total.

Pirates-2 (31-6) victorious 2-0 at Colorado (17-20)

In yet another scoreless performer by a starter, Felipe Mezquita (3.49 ERA in 28 13 IP) went four shutout frames, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out four.

Reliever Johan Montero (1.25 ERA in 21 23 IP) got victory when he followed with three more scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning three.

RF Jauri Custodio (336/385/472) got three of the Pirates’ nine hits and 3B Alex Mojica (354/475/646) was 2-for-4.

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Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

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)

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

2019-07-13 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

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)