RHP Nick Economos (8-8, 3.15 ERA in 117 IP) was returned to Bradenton after four lackluster games at Altoona. The 24 year old right-hander, in his fifth season in the Pirates’ system, started the year at Greensboro and dominated, fanning 50 batters and posting a 2.48 ERA in 32 2⁄3 innings. Promoted on May 20 to Bradenton, Economos saw his K’s drop to 54 in 67 innings, but his ERA dropped to 2.01. Promoted again to Altoona on July 23, he quickly ran into trouble, giving up three, six, two and six runs in his four appearances.
C John Bormann retired. He played one game in the majors, in Miami in 2017 as an emergency call up and got to pinch hit, striking out. Other than two games at Indianapolis that year and two for Altoona in 2018, he never got above High-A, where he only appeared in five games for Bradenton this year. Drafted in the 24th Round in 2015 out of Texas-San Antonio, Bormann had minor league career averages of 2020/292/286 in
After allowing eighteen runs in his first three starts since returning from Altoona, Waddell took a shutout into the sixth before finally allowing a run on a ground single to center, a stolen base and two ground ball outs. In six innings he fanned six without a walk, giving up four hits.
Left-hander Cam Vieaux (6-5, 3.87 ERA in 118 2⁄3 IP), demoted from Indianapolis despite throwing five shutout innings over Norfolk in his last appearance, continued his scoreless streak with six two-hit innings against Harrisburg. He walked four and struck out three.
This year Vieaux has a 2.56 ERA in ten starts for Altoona but a 5.05 mark in thirteen starts with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Hill also had a single and double in addition to his long ball. 3B Darnell Sweeney (250/302/425) was 2-for-4.
3B Dylan Busby (209/306/441) led off the top of the seventh with his ninth home run, breaking a 1-1 tie, followed by two more runs on a single, a pair of walks and three wild pitches.
Coming off two straight games without allowing allowing a run, Aaron Shortridge (8-4, 3.18 ERA in 124 2⁄3 IP) extended his scoreless streak to 17 2⁄3 innings before being touched for a double and RBI single in the fifth. In six innings of work he allowed just that one run on six hits and no walks while striking out seven.
SS Adrian Valerio (224/260/8288) was 3-for-3.
1B Mason Martin’s (254/358/553) grand slam capped a five-run third inning, his 31st homer of the year, giving him a minor league leading 114 RBI.
Left-hander Ike Schlabach (2.53 ERA in 46 1⁄3 IP) made his third start, allowing just one run in five innings on four hits and two walks, striking out three. Nick Mears (3.46 ERA, 62 K’s in 41 2⁄3 IP) followed with two scoreless innings.
After two straight scoreless outings Will Kobos (4.45 ERA in 38 1⁄3 IP) was touched for three runs, two earned on three hits and three walks in five innings, striking out six.
The game was still fairly close at 3-0 until Kannapolis exploded for seven runs in the eighth, all of reliever Mike LoPresti (4.18 ERA in 23 2⁄3 IP) as he gave up four hits and three walks in two thirds of an inning.
The Grasshoppers managed only three hits and struck out ten times.
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3B Jared Triolo (269/349/431) had five hits and drove in three runs but Batavia came from behind with four runs in the fifth and another three in the sixth.
Starter J.C. Flowers (3.71 ERA in 17 IP) gave up two runs in four innings on five hits and two walks, but exited before the onslaught began. Jacob Webb (2.76 ERA in 16 1⁄3 IP) bore the brunt of the damage, allowing four runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks in just one third of an inning.
Bristol was not scheduled.
Domingo Gonzalez (1.89 ERA, 60 K in 52 1⁄3 IP), who started the year in the Dominican League, was ripped for four runs and four hits in the first inning, recording only two outs.
The Pirates had only seven hits, but knocked two home runs in a game for the first time this year, with LF Juan Pie (255/336/395) getting his second in the third inning and 1B Carlos Canache (183/333/283) his first of the year an inning later, both solo shots.
Tied 1-1 through regulation, both teams scored in the tenth but the Pirates were unable to answer a Rangers run in the top of the eleventh.
Starter Joelvis del Rosario (3.57 ERA in 45 1⁄3 IP) did not allow a hit in his five innings but was touched for an unearned run in the fourth. He walked two and struck out two.
Pirates-2 were not scheduled.
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)
2019-08-13 RHP Oscar Echerry (60 day)
2019-07-25 LF Stilwatt Valerio (60 day)