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James Marvel

On a day that the system would post nine wins against just one less - James Marvel throws a seven-inning shutout as Indianapolis sweep a pair from Toledo, Brandon Waddell spins six shutout innings and Brade Case allows only one hit in six innings.

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Indianapolis activated UT Jake Elmore from the 7-day injured list, while Altoona added RF Bralin Jackson to theirs with a left ankle sprain.

Infielder Ethan Paul, a senior from Vanderbilt who was selected in the 9th round and signed this past week, was assigned to West Virginia

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Games

Triple-A

Indianapolis (43-42) wins 4-3 over visiting Toledo (38-48)

RF Gregory Polanco’s two-run homer in the first, following a double by 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (243/332/399), and 2B Kevin Kramer’s (268/340/412) two-run double in the fifth supplied all the Indians’ runs.

Eduardo Vera (5-6, 5.53) gave up a two-run homer in the fourth and another run in the fifth to put Toledo up 3-2. In the bottom of the inning, SS Cole Tucker (299/356/524) led off with a walk and Hayes singled, but Polanco and 1B Will Craig (250/327/464) both went down swinging before Kramer provided the game winning hit.

Vera got the victory after allowing three runs in six innings on four hits and a walk while fanning five.

In addition to the double, Kramer walked twice and provided a defensive gem.

Indianapolis (44-42) wins again, 3-0 over visiting Toledo (38-49) in makeup of Apr. 18 postponement

In the nightcap, James Marvel (10-5, 2.95) made his Triple-A debut by allowing just three baserunners (two singles and a double by Mikie Mahtook) in seven innings, facing only one batter over the minimum. He struck out six without walking a batter, throwing 57 of 83 pitches for strikes (69%)

It was the fifth straight start that Marvel had gone seven or more innings while allowing two or fewer earned runs, with no more than one walk in each of the last four.

3B Ke’Bryan Hayes, blasted a solo homer, his fourth of the season, and also turned in a web gem.

Double-A

Altoona (46-38) blanks visiting Erie (44-39) by 3-0 score

Brandon Waddell (2-3, 6.06), battered around in the Indianapolis bullpen earlier in the year, was returned to Altoona for his fourth season there and where he was put back in the rotation. He’s responded with four runs allowed in four games, covering 19 innings.

On Friday Waddell allowed only two singles and a walk in six shutout innings, striking out seven, while throwing 51 of 81 pitches for strikes.

Beau Sulser (1.33 ERA in 54 13 IP) followed with three scoreless innings of his own for the save.

CF Jared Oliva (265/351/394) continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with a walk, as did RF Bligh Madris (259/324/378).

High-A

Bradenton (47-37) downs visiting Florida (29-55) 5-3

Continuing the excellent starting pitching, Brad Case (9-2, 2.53) allowed just one hit and three walks over six scoreless innings while fanning five. He threw 65 of 98 pitches for strikes.

SS Oneil Cruz (329/372/507) put the Marauders on the board with his third homer of the year, a two-run shot in the third. CF Travis Swaggerty (246/331/344) was 4-for-4, and has gone 18-for-41 over his last ten games. RF Cal Mitchell (258/299/417) was 2-for-4 and C Deon Stafford (240/347/384) had two hits and a walk.

Low-A

Greensboro was leading 5-2 after 2 over visiting Lakewood when the game was suspended

SS Connor Kaiser had a grand slam in a five run second inning.

Short Season A

West Virginia (12-9) victorious 6-2 at Williamsport (4-17)

Down 2-0, the Black Bears scored four in the sixth inning to take the lead for good. The inning started with four straight singles and was capped by a two-out, two-run double by 1B Luke Mangieri (302/403/509)

Starter Grant Ford, the 2019 5th round pick out of the University of Nevada, gave up two runs in three innings, but the bullpen only allowed three singles the rest of the way.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (9-8) a 5-1 winner at Greeneville (6-11)

The Pirates got five hits and all five of their runs in the top of the fourth, with two-run singles by CF Jean Eusebio (244/327/333) and DH Matt Morrow (152/237/182)

Starter Adrian Florencio (5.14 ERA in 14 IP) gave up one run in four innings on four hits and three walks, but reliever C.J. Dandeneau slammed the door with three shutout innings, allowing just two singles while fanning four.

Rookie

GCL Pirates (5-4) with 10-6 victory over Orioles (7-2) in game 1

Trailing 4-1, the Pirates exploded for five runs in the fifth and another four in the sixth inning.

In a game lacking in strikes, Pirates batters only had six hits while walking ten times, but their pitchers were even worse, allowing six hits and eleven walks to the Orioles.

2B Yoyner Fajardo (310/333/333) had two hits and two RBI.

LF Jase Bowen played just his third game, but is 7-for-11 with two walks and two whiffs.

GCL Pirates (5-5) fall 5-1 to Orioles (8-2) in makeup of June 29 postponement

In the only loss of the day, the Pirates could only manage three hits and four walks. while starter Starlyn Reynoso allowed five runs in three innings.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (14-16) prevail 7-1 over visiting Dodgers Shoemaker (14-16)

18 year old right-hander Luis Peralta (2.88 ERA in 25 IP) tossed five one-hit innings without allowing a run, with one walk and five strikeouts.

Pirates-2 (24-6) win 2-1 squeaker at Mariners (11-19)

Starter Carlos Jimenez (2.70 ERA in 30 IP) allowed only one run in five and two thirds, on five hits and a walk while fanning seven, but reliever Jose Amaya (2.00 ERA in 18 IP) was better, with two hits and a walk, along with five strikeouts, in three and a third scoreless innings.

C Jommer Hernandez (328/438/508) had three of the seven hits.

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Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

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

2019-04-28 RHP J.T. Brubaker, right forearm strain (rehabbing at West Virginia)

2019-04-21 RHP Brandon Maurer, right knee inflammation (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

2019-06-28 LF Daniel Amaral

2019-06-27 RHP Aaron Shortridge

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)