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All Hands on Deck: Mason Martin with a grand slam for Bradenton

Mason Martin
Greensboro News & Record


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 23 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



Indianapolis (60-60) wins 5-3 over visiting Rochester (60-61)

LF Trayvon Robinson (308/391/493) slammed his seventh home run and Brandon Waddell (5-6, 6.04 ERA in 85 IP) finally had a quality start in Triple-A.

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.

C Christian Kelley (183/254/300) had a two-run double in the second and Robinson led off the fourth with his homer, followed later in the inning by an RBI single by SS Cole Tucker (264/349/413).

Tucker, DH Eric Wood (238/323/442) and 2B Jake Elmore (348/411/480) each had two hits.


Altoona (60-61) with 3-0 shutout in 10 innings at Harrisburg (64-56)

SS Oneil Cruz’s (313/356/502) tenth inning single drove in the fake runner to break a scoreless tie and was followed immediately by a two-run homer by 1B Logan Hill (249/328/425), his eleventh.

Left-hander Cam Vieaux (6-5, 3.87 ERA in 118 23 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.


Bradenton (64-56) victorious 4-1 in 7 innings at Florida (47-74)

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 23 IP) extended his scoreless streak to 17 23 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.

The Marauders scored their first run of the game in the second when 2B Rodolfo Castro (230/286/460) doubled in DH Daniel Amaral (282/351/361), who had been hit with a pitch.

SS Adrian Valerio (224/260/8288) was 3-for-3.

Bradenton (65-56) wins again 5-1 in 7 innings at Florida in makeup of Aug 12 postponement

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 13 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 23 IP) followed with two scoreless innings.

CF Travis Swaggerty (260/338/365) was 3-for-4 and 3B Jesse Medrano (191/254/277) 2-for-3.


Greensboro (71-49) pummeled 10-0 at Kannapolis (54-66)

After two straight scoreless outings Will Kobos (4.45 ERA in 38 13 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 23 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.

Short Season A

West Virginia (31-26) battered 11-5 at Batavia (34-24)

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 13 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.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol was not scheduled.


Pirates (13-28) fall 6-3 to visiting Red Sox (20-19)

Domingo Gonzalez (1.89 ERA, 60 K in 52 13 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.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (29-34) lose 3-2 in 11 innings at Rangers-1

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 13 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.

LF Sergio Campana (264/358/358) and C Jhan Polanco (262/397/381) each had two hits.

Pirates-2 were not scheduled.


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)