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All Hands on Deck: Alex Manasa fans eight in six scoreless innings for Greensboro

Alex Manasa
Woody Marshall/Greensboro News & Record


After one game, C Francisco Cervelli’s rehab has been moved from Altoona to Indianapolis.

RHP Tom Koehler’s rehab was moved from Morgantown to Altoona.

RHP Rookie Davis was activated and immediately optioned to Indianapolis.

The DSL Pirates-2 placed RHP Oscar Echerry on the 60-day injured list, and RHP Carlos Campos was then transferred from the Pirates-1 to Pirates-2 team.



Indianapolis (59-60) wins 6-3 over visiting Rochester (60-60)

CF Jason Martin (270/313/441) drive in three with a bases loaded triple in the sixth inning, rehabbing C Francisco Cervelli had two singles, and starter James Marvel (13-5, 2.74 ERA in 141 13 IP) continued his good pitching with one run allowed in six innings.

Marvel struck out three while limiting Rochester to four hits and three walks. He has allowed more than two runs only once in eight starts since being promoted to Triple-A, including no runs in three of his last five starts.

DH Eric Wood (232/319/440) had a solo homer, his ninth of the year, along with a single and two walks, and 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (251/328/401) was 2-for-4.


Altoona (59-61) falls short, 13-10 in slugfest at Harrisburg (64-55)

The Curve slammed five home runs among seventeen hits, scored ten times, and lost.

LF Chris Sharpe (263/345/447) started with a solo homer in the first and added another in the fifth, giving him fourteen on the year and finishing the game with three hits and three RBI. 3B Brett Pope (255/321/327) had his own solo homer in the fifth, his first, for a total of three off Senators’ starter Jackson Tetreault (6-6, 4.01), who was charged with five runs on nine hits in four and a third innings.

Altoona starter Sean Brady (4-12, 4.82 ERA in 134 13 IP) was hammered as well, allowing eight runs on twelve hits and a walk in four and a third and Harrisburg put up five-spots in both the third and fifth innings.

PH Darnell Sweeney (239/288/419) went deep in the eighth. 1B Logan Hill (243/324/411) had three hits and three RBI, including a two-run homer in the ninth, his tenth. SS Oneil Cruz (315/358/508) had three singles and a triple, raising his batting average with the Curve to .294, and RF Bligh Madris (265/334/399) was 3-for-4.


Bradenton (63-55) was blanked 6-0 in 7 innings at Florida (46-73)

Starter Gavin Wallace went the whole way in the shortened game, giving up six runs in six innings on nine hits and no walks while fanning six. Wallace gave up a two-run homer in the first then struggled through a four run inning in the fourth.

The Marauders had only seven hits and a walk, with both LF Daniel Amaral (290/357/371) and CF Travis Swaggerty (256/335/357) going 2-for-4.

Since June 29, when he had a .214 batting average after 66 games,Swaggerty has hit 322/376/434 with a .396 BABIP in 38 games covering 158 plate appearances.

Bradenton (63-56) falls again, 2-1 in 8 innings at Florida (47-73) in makeup of July 7 postponement

Spot starter Samuel Reyes (2.43 ERA, 69 K’s in 66 23 IP), younger brother of Pablo, impressed with five scoreless innings, fanning five as he allowed four hits and a walk.

Bradenton was the first to score, waiting until extra innings when Travis Swaggerty singled in the fake runner, but reliever Joe Jacques (2.83 ERA in 57 13 IP), who came on in the sixth, failed to get an out in the bottom of the eighth, giving up a walk and three singles in allowing the two runs that Florida needed to win the game.


Greensboro (71-48) is 2-0 victor at Kannapolis (53-66)

21 year old right-hander Alex Manasa (9-3, 3.42 ERA in 123 23 IP), an 11th Round pick in 2017, had a sparkling performance, fanning eight without a walk in six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits as he threw 55 of 79 pitches for strikes (70%) In his last two starts, Manasa has allowed one run on six hits in eleven innings, striking out fifteen without walking a batter.

The Grasshoppers scored both their runs in the first inning. With one out CF Jonah Davis (245/333/479) and 2B Ji-hwan Bae (311/392/393) both singled. An out later 1B Luke Mangieri (277/344/452) dropped a single to right to score Davis and send Bae to third, then Bae scored on the front end of a double steal, his 26th of the year.

Both Davis and Bae went 2-for-4 on the night.

Short Season A

West Virginia (31-25) wins 7-2 in rain shortened 8 innings over visiting Auburn (21-35)

Jesus Valles (3.33 ERA in 54 IP) allowed one run in five innings on six hits and a walk, striking out just one.

The Black Bears scored in every inning from the second through the sixth. SS Ethan Paul (213/327/309) was 4-for-4 with three doubles and a walk and DH Brendt Citta (280/377/447) was 3-for-4 with a double.

The game was called in the bottom of the eighth when West Virginia had two on and two out.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (26-27) drops 7-5 score to visiting Bluefield (26-27)

Santiago Florez (4.15 ERA in 30 13 IP), coming off a scoreless performance six days earlier, was knocked around for five runs on seven hits and three walks in four and a third innings. Three of the runs came on a fifth inning home run.

DH Aaron Shackelford (273/331/503) fell a single short of a cycle, slamming a double, triple and a two-run homer, his seventh of the year and second in two games. He drove in three.


GCL Pirates (13-27) edged 8-7 at Braves (14-23)

Quinn Priester (3.21 ERA, 34 K’s in 28 IP) struck out six in three and a third innings, but gave up three runs on three hits and three walks.

DH Juan Pie (255/339/373) slammed a two-run homer in the first and the Pirates scored three more times in the second, later allowing Priester to leave with a 6-3 lead, but reliever Daniel Ross (3.86 ERA in 11 23 IP) was tagged with the loss when he served up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Pie finished with four hits and three runs driven in. CF Jasiah Dixon (324/419/432 in 11 games) singled and walked twice, and RF Deion Walker (286/333/500 in 12 games) was 2-for-5 with a double.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (29-33) roll 16-3 over visiting Indians/Brewers (14-44)

19 year old right-hander Valentin Linarez (2.50 ERA in 50 13 IP) fanned eight and allowed only two base runners in five scoreless innings, on two hits and no walks. It’s the sixth time in his last eight starts that Linarez has not allowed an earned run.

1B Rafael Escalante (198/359/358) capped off the scoring with an eighth inning grand slam, his second homer of the year. LF Luis Tello (281/360/327) had two singles and a triple and drove in four, while CF Sergio Campana (257/357/354), RF Jose Berroa (254/368/325) and C Darwin Baez (275/324/415) had two hits apiece.

Pirates-2 (50-12) victorious 4-0 at Royals-2 (27-35)

19 year old right-hander Sergio Umana (2.29 ERA in 59 IP) won his eighth game with his second straight scoreless start, striking out five while giving up just four hits and no walks.

Francisco Hodge (1.79 ERA in 45 13 IP) followed, fanning three and allowing just a single in three scoreless innings.

C Juan Mena (278/350/361) slammed his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the second. 2B Carlos Arroyo (292/342/401), 3B Fabian Urbina (303/378/455) and LF Mario Jerez (275/388/362) each had two hits.


Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

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)

Double-A Altoona

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

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

2019-07-04 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 LHP Roger Santana


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

Dominican Rookie

2019-08-13 RHP Oscar Echerry (60 day)

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