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All Hands on Deck: Kevin Kramer continue long ball tear

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Indianapolis (55-53) wins 6-4 at Toledo (48-61)

RF Kevin Kramer (262/341/424) homered for the second straight day and the fourth time in seven games, a solo shot in the fifth, giving him nine for the year.

Starter Cam Vieaux (6-5, 4.26) got the win as he allowed three runs in five innings, including a two-run homer by Mikie Mahtook (265/361/485), his 14th, in the fourth. Vieaux allowed six hits and a walk, striking out seven.

1B Will Craig (251/323/454), DH Pablo Reyes (286/347/535) and LF Jake Elmore (352/417/492) each had two hits.


Altoona (54-53) falls 7-2 at Trenton (57-50)

Nick Economos (8-7, 2.73) got hammered in his second start for Altoona after being promoted from Bradenton, as he allowed seven runs, six earned in just three and a third innings on nine hits and a walk. He struck out one.

The Curve only had six hits, two by CF Jared Oliva (285/363/424)


Charlotte at Bradenton was postponed.


Greensboro (64-43) edges out 5-4 win at Charleston, West Virginia (55-54)

Starter Steven Jennings (5-9, 5.02) gave up a three-run homer in the first but allowed just one more run in his five innings, as he allowed four hits and a walk, fanning three.

Down 4-1 in the fifth, the Grasshopper mounted their comeback. RF Jonah Davis (200/296/381) had a solo homer in the fifth, his ninth, and then they took the lead with two in the seventh on a walk to Davis, a double by LF Jack Herman (259/337/517) and a single from 2B Ji-hwan Bae (301/380/393), with the final run on a sacrifice fly by CF Fabricio Macias (284/335/405)

Herman and Bae had two hits apiece.

Reliever Winston Nicacio (2.76 ERA in 29 13 IP) got the win with a stellar performance, allowing just two hits over the final four innings as he fanned seven.

Short Season A

Morgantown, West Virginia (22-21) beaten 3-1 by visiting Staten Island (23-21)

2019 5th Round pick Grant Ford (3.05 ERA in 20 23 IP) allowed two runs, one earned, over the first four innings, on four hits and a walk while fanning seven, but that wasn’t enough as the Black Bears went down on strikes eighteen times, managing just four hits.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (19-21) rolls 13-3 over visiting Greeneville (17-23)

The Pirates exploded for five runs in the fourth followed by another eight in the fifth.

20 year old right-hander Adrian Florencio (5.01 ERA in 32 13 IP) pitched well enough, allowing three runs in five innings on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five.

3B Aaron Shackelford (273/343/488) led the attack with a pair of doubles and a homer, his fifth of the season, in five at bats, driving in five. RF Fernando Villegas was 2-for-4 with a double.

Shackelford, the Pirates 14th Round pick who was the 2019 NAIA player of the year as a senior at The Master’s College in California, was featured in an article at milb dot com, which you can read here.


GCL Pirates (11-18) outscored 10-7 by Red Sox (16-11)

Starter Estalin Ortiz (10.64 ERA, 13 BB in 11 IP), with five runs in three innings, followed by reliever Julio Rosario (4.73 ERA in 13 13 IP), with three runs in one inning, were both hit hard as the Pirates fell behind early.

RF Jasiah Dixon (429/478/619 in 6 games) and 1B Emilson Rosado (222/300/333) each had three hits.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (24-27) victorious 9-2 over Cubs-1 (23-28)

Starter Joelvis del Rosario (4.46 ERA in 36 13 IP) turned in four scoreless innings on two hits and a walk, with five strikeouts, while Carlos Campos (4.32 ERA in 33 13 IP) followed with four innings of four hit ball, the only scoring a solo homer.

CF Jose Berroa (263/363/328), DH Juan Jerez (262/314/452) and 1B Omar Matos (273/368/333) had two hits apiece.

Pirates-2 (43-8) beat Royals-2 (24-27) by 2-1 score, shortened to six innings

19 year old right-hander Francisco Hodge (1.41 ERA in 38 13 IP) ran his record to 5-0, winning his third start of the year, while allowing his first run in 13 13 innings in those three starts. In this game he allowed five hits and three walks while fanning three.

RF Randy Romero (408/448/565) held on to his league lead in batting average despite being held hitless as the Pirates collected only five hits in total, but DH Alex Mojica (361/485/594) was 2-for-3 with a double.

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

2019-04-04 RHP Tom Koehler

Double-A Altoona

2019-07-29 OF Bralin Jackson

2019-06-12 LHP Elvis Escobar, left shoulder strain (rehabbing with West Virginia)

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

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

High-A Bradenton

2019-07-23 RHP Nick Mears

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.

2019-05-17 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)

2019-04-04 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 RHP Lizardy Dicent (rehabbing with the GCL Pirates)

2019-06-17 LHP Roger Santana


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

Dominican Rookie

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