Indianapolis was not scheduled.
Altoona was not scheduled.
Bradenton’s regularly scheduled game at Florida, as well as the makeup of the July 7 postponement, were postponed.
Kannapolis scored once in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings then twice in the tenth to overcome a Greensboro lead.
Starter Colin Selby (6-3, 2.97 ERA in 88 IP), who’d allowed only one earned run in his last three starts and no more than two in any of his last eight, was tagged with four runs in the third on a leadoff walk followed by five hits. In four innings of work he allowed seven hits and two walks while fanning five.
Still, the Grasshoppers overcame that to take a 5-4 lead into the ninth. CF Jonah Davis (241/329/479), who finished with a single, two doubles and a homer, smashed his 15th long ball of the year, a solo shot in the first. After a 114/231/210 start over 29 games, Davis has now hit 329/393/664 in his last 38 games since June 30.
Alfredo Reyes, in his ninth season with the Pirates and who started the year as Altoona’s shortstop, was converted to the mound last month and came on to hold a one-run lead in the eighth. After a pair of whiffs in a 1-2-3 inning, the ninth wasn’t as easy as a leadoff double scored one out later on a line single to right. After two hit batsmen loaded the bases, Reyes struck out the next two batters to keep it at a tie.
Apparently running low on pitchers, catcher Zac Susi came on in the tenth to attempt a save, but after a bunt pop out and a single, a double to center plated two runs and ended the game.
That overshadowed the fine work of middle reliever Cristofer Melendez (4.71 ERA, 59 K’s in 36 1⁄3 IP), who fanned seven in three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and one walk.
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Starter Grant Ford was knocked around for eight hits in four innings, seeing three runs score, two of them earned. He didn’t walk any batters but struck out only one.
The bullpen then shutdown Auburn, posting zeroes over the final five innings. Rehabbing veteran Tom Koehler tossed two perfect innings, fanning two, and 20 year old left-hander Denny Roman (3.67 ERA in 27 IP) struck out four in two and two thirds.
After 5th Round pick Tyler Dyson threw four scoreless innings for Auburn, the Black Bears jumped all over reliever Tyler Yankosky (6.32 ERA in 15 2⁄3 IP), scoring twice on two hits and a wild pitch in the fifth, and twice again in the sixth on 1B Brendt Citta’s (266/362/430) triple, a single and another wild pitch.
2B Cory Wood (238/309/340) was 2-for-4.
The Pirates got back to .500 with their third win in a row.
The bats stayed hot with eleven more hits and scored four in the second, keyed by Josh Bissonette’s two-run triple.
LF Yoyner Fajardo (347/403/380), who was promoted from the GCL after posting a .337 batting average in 28 games there, was 3-for-4, and SS Francisco Acuna (326/379/489) extended his hitting streak to seven games with a pair of hits.
Adrian Florencio (4.69 ERA in 40 1⁄3 IP) allowed two runs in four innings on four hits and two walks, striking out four. Both runs came on a second inning homer.
Ryan Troutman (5.82 ERA in 17 IP) got the victory with two scoreless innings of relief.
LF Juan Pie’s (227/318/320) two-run triple in the seventh proved to be the game winning hit. 1B Emilson Rosado (217/288/340) hit a solo homer in the sixth, his first and the Pirates’ third of the year.
Starter Arlinthon de Dios (3.03 ERA in 35 2⁄3 IP) lasted only three and two thirds innings, but allowed just one run on four hits and a walk, striking out four.
3B Andres Alvarez (238/328/276) had two singles and a walk.
The Pirates tied the game on a single, double and wild pitch in the top of the ninth, but lost it on a walk-off double in the bottom half of the inning.
Starter Listher Sosa (3.06 ERA in 47 IP) fanned six and gave up one earned run in four innings on five hits and a walk. Reliever Yeison Santos (3.58 ERA in 37 2⁄3 IP) later punched out five in two and two thirds scoreless innings.
The Pirates only had five hits, two by catcher Jhan Polanco (252/388/374).
Although the Pirates’ pitchers struck out fourteen batters, they walked ten and gave up twelve hits.
2019-08-04 LHP Blake Weiman, left shoulder tendonitis.
2019-04-28 RHP J.T. Brubaker, right forearm strain
2019-04-04 RHP Tom Koehler (rehabbing with the GCL Pirates)
2019-08-01 RHP Austin Coley, sprained left ankle
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
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
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
2019-06-17 LHP Roger Santana
2019-06-24 RHP Andres Arrieta (60 day)
2019-07-25 LF Stilwatt Valerio (60 day)