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20 year old first baseman Mason Martin has been unfazed by his recent promotion to Bradenton, where he now has five double and five home runs in seventeen games after a pair of long balls last night.

Greensboro’s Jack Herman keep his hot hitting with a 3-for-4 night along with his tenth long ball in just two months.

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RHP Osvaldo Bido (11-5, 3.55) was promoted from Greensboro to Bradenton. The 23 year old Dominican is in his third year, not signing until he was 21 in 2017. He’s improved each season and this summer won eleven games at Greensboro in his first taste of full-season ball.

RHP Noe Toribio (2.40 ERA, 31 K’s in 30 IP) was promoted from West Virginia to Greensboro. The 19 year old Dominican is also in his third season but signed at 17. This year he got moved up to play with those selected in this year’s top ten rounds of the draft, and responded with much lower hit and walk totals an increasing his strikeouts to more than one per inning.

LHP Trey McGough (1.04 ERA, 26 K’s in 17 13 IP) was promoted from Bristol to West Virginia. The 21 year old Johnstown native, selected in the 24th Round of this year’s draft, excelled at Bristol in nine relief appearances, walking just five and striking out 26 in 17 13 innings.

RHP Lizary Dicent was sent to the GCL Pirates on a rehab assignment. The 22 year old has been out all season after pitching in the DSL, GCL and Bristol last year and a combined 4.91 ERA in 18 games.

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Games

Triple-A

Indianapolis (52-51) falls 4-1 at Syracuse (51-53)

Starter Cam Vieaux (5-5, 4.21) got knocked around early, surrendering four runs, three on solo homers, over the first four innings. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out four.

Yefry Ramirez (4.22 ERA, 62 K’s in 49 IP) was strong in relief, throwing four shutout innings with just one hit and one walk, but the Indians bats failed, managing just four hits, their only run coming on 1B Hunter Owens’ (290/361/554) solo homer in the third, his second in Triple-A and 17th overall on the year.

The rehabbing Erick Gonzalez was 0-for-4, striking out three times.

Double-A

Altoona (52-50) loses 5-3 to visiting Richmond (38-64)

The Curve took a 3-1 lead in the second on 3B Robbie Glendinning’s (306/368/505) three-run homer, his fourth for Altoona and 12th of the year, but starter Sean Brady (4-9, 4.88) couldn’t hold the lead.

Coming off a stretch of seven straight quality starts, Brady collapsed for six runs in the fifth inning five days earlier, then here had given up one run through six before being touched for three in the seventh. He finished with five runs in seven innings on nine hits and no walks while fanning six.

Glendinning had two hits and two walks on the night.

High-A

Bradenton (56-47) falls short, 3-2, to visiting St. Lucie (57-47)

Starter Max Kranick (6-7, 3.79) tossed a nice game, with just one run in five and a third on two hits and three walks, but reliever Samuel Reyes (2.43 ERA in 55 23 IP) allowed a run each in the seventh and eighth to put the Mets ahead.

1B Mason Martin (261/364/580) provided all the Marauders’ offense. He launched a solo homer in the second that tied the game 1-1, then blasted another in the bottom of the ninth that left the team a run short., his fifth for Bradenton and 28th overall, along with 95 RBI.

Low-A

Greensboro (62-41) downs visiting Kannapolis (45-58) by 7-3 score

DH Jack Herman (270/351/526) led the way on a 3-for-4 night that featured his tenth homerun and four RBI as the Grasshoppers scored early and often. After a 213/275/532 starts in his first sixteen games, joining the team on June 1 from Extended Spring Training, Herman has hit 300/388/522 in the 25 games and 103 PA since June 24, cutting his strikeouts and drawing walks.

Colin Selby (4-3, 3.04) had a fine start, allowing just one run, on a solo homer, with four hits and no walks in six innings as he struck out five.

CF Jonah Davis (200/296/375) had two doubles in five at bats and RF Fabricio Macias (289/339/415) had a pair of singles.

Short Season A

West Virginia (21-18) loses 2-1 walk-off at State College (21-20)

Starter Jesus Valles (4.19 ERA in 38 23 IP) scattered seven hits and a walk over his six scoreless innings, but reliever Alec Rennard (8.78 ERA in 13 12 IP) was touched for single run in the seventh and then the bottom of the ninth to give State College the win.

The Black Bears went down on strikes eleven times as the collected only six hits and two walks. LF Matt Gorski (222/255/343) was 2-for-4.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (17-19) holds on for 3-2 victory over visiting Elizabethton (20-16)

Luis Ortiz (2.89 ERA in 28 IP) had his second straight strong start, and fourth in six games, as he blanked the Twins over five innings on four hits and two walks, fanning six.

The Pirates batters staked Ortiz to an early 3-0 lead and held on for the win despite the bullpen allowing a pair of late runs to make it a one-run margin.

2B Josh Bissonette (267/351/326) was 3-for-4 while SS Francisco Acuna (330/374/489) and 3B Matt Morrow (263/337/329) had two hits apiece.

Rookie

GCL Pirates (10-15) walk off with 9-8 win over visiting Orioles (17-8)

C Dylan Shockley’s (179/283/179) sacrifice fly scored Jasiah Dixon, who had walked, with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

The Pirates had built a 5-0 lead after four inning, and 7-3 after five, but the Orioles held an 8-7 lead going to the bottom of the ninth when the Pirates scored a tying run.

Domingo Gonzalez (1.66 ERA, 50 K’s in 43 13 IP), who started the year with a 0.36 ERA in long relief the the DSL Pirates-2, had a shaky start, giving up three runs in four innings on five hits and three walks. Overall, Pirates pitchers walked nine Orioles.

SS Norkis Marcos (203/298/270) led the Pirates with three hits in five at bats, while LF Sammy Siani (274/425/355), CF Jase Bowen (250/338/357), 3B Emilson Rosado (200/282/286) and Shockley had two hits apiece.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (23-24) storm back for 6-5 win over visiting Indians/Brewers Coop (11-35)

The Pirates got on the board first with 1B Rafael Escalante’s (208/373/340) solo homer in the second inning, his first of the year, but where behind 5-1 when they exploded for five runs in the bottom of the eighth to provide the winning margin.

It was the most perfect display of Little League baseball, as the Pirates scored the five runs without the aid of a hit. Three walks around a wild pitch loaded the bases, then RF Luis Tello’s (275/341/312) sacrifice fly to center brought home two runners. A wild pitch, walk, two more wild pitches and a passed ball provided two more runs, clearing the bases, but the rally wasn’t over yet as 2B Omar Matos (259/368/328) walked, stole second, stole third, then came home when the catcher’s throw sailed out into left field.

Braham Rosario (2.70 ERA in 40 IP) had another good start, allowing a run on just two hits and no walks in five innings, striking out seven.

Pirates-2 (39-8) keep on with 9-6 win at Colorado (22-25)

Colorado scored four in the bottom of ninth but it wasn't enough to overcome the Pirates-2 commanding lead entering the inning.

Felipe Mezquita (3.89 ERA, 31 BB in 34 23 IP)) allowed a run over the first three innings while striking out four, then Francisco Hodge (1.36 ERA in 33 IP) got the victory with four scoreless innings of middle relief, allowing just two hits and two walks as he fanned six.

CF Randy Romero (412/447/574) went 5-for-5 and stole his 22nd base without being caught, It was his second five-hit game in four days. The 19 year old now leads the league in batting average and is eighth in OPS.

RF Rodolfo Nolasco (267/336/437) was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his third, and three RBI. DH Alex Mojica (354/478/591) was just 1-for-4 but drove in three runs. He’s second n the league in OPS, third in home runs and seventh in RBI.

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Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

2019-07-12 LHP Blake Weiman

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

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

Double-A Altoona

2019-07-19 1B Jerrick Suiter, right groin strain.

2019-06-12 LHP Elvis Escobar, left shoulder strain (rehabbing with the GCL Pirates)

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

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

High-A Bradenton

2019-07-23

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

2019-07-13 RHP Wilkin Ramos

2019-07-04 SS Mariano Dotel

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

2019-06-17 RHP Lizardy Dicent (rehabbing with GCL Piratea since July 26)

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

2019-04-04 RF Conner Uselton

2019-04-04 RHP Wander Romero

Advanced Rookie

2019-06-17 LHP Roger Santana

Rookie

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

Dominican Rookie

2019-07-25 LF Stilwatt Valerio (60 day)