For the second day in a row, Bradenton first baseman Mason Martin homered, giving him nine RBI in the two games.
Indianapolis placed infielder Kevin Kramer on the injured list. No details yet.
Alex McRae (7-7, 5.15 ERA in 101 1⁄3 IP) was ripped for seven runs, including a three-run homer in the fourth, on ten hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out three.
A day after Nick Economos was returned to Bradenton, Cody Bolton (8-6, 3.28 ERA in 101 2⁄3 IP) was yanked after getting hammered for five runs with no outs in the second. Reliever Yeudy Garcia (5.65 ERA in 57 1⁄3 IP) didn’t do much better, coughing up six runs on seven hits and two walks in just an inning and two thirds.
Bolton was tagged for five hits and a walk in his one plus innings. After posting a 1.61 ERA and only one home run in twelve starts for Bradenton, Bolton has struggled to a 5.85 ERA and six homers allowed in nine starts for Altoona, five times allowing four or more runs.
The Curve had five hits while fanning ten times.
The Marauders exploded for seven runs in the third inning and Mason Martin (255/358/559) added a three-run homer in the seventh, his 32nd.
After the third opened with RF Daniel Amaral (288/363/370) and CF Travis Swaggerty (264/345/370) getting hit by pitches, Martin, 2B Rodolfo Castro (235/291/464) and DH Lucas Tancas (275/330/404) all followed with RBI doubles, then once the order rolled over Amaral added a two run single and Swaggerty plated the final run of the inning with his single.
Starter Brad Case (11-5, 3.38 ERA in 128 IP) gave up four runs in six innings, two coming on a first inning home run. He allowed four hits in total with three walks and five strikeouts.
CF Travis Swaggerty (264/345/370) reached base all five times he batted on two singles, two hit by pitch and a walk. In 43 games since June 29 he is hitting 342/399/490 in 180 plate appearances, after starting the season 214/311/313 through 66 games.
Castro and Tancas had three hits apiece while Martin drove in five, for a minor league leading 119 RBI on the year.
After not allowing a hit in six innings his last time out, starter Noe Toribio (4-3, 3.02 ERA in 50 2⁄3 IP) was touched for three runs in just three and two thirds innings on four hits and four walks as he struck out five.
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Given a big lead, starter Michael Burrows (4.21 ERA in 36 1⁄3 IP) struggled through four and a third innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, fanning three. Reliever Francis del Orbe (4.08 ERA, 32 K’s in 28 2⁄3 IP) was credited with the victory, striking out four in two and two third scoreless innings.
The Black Bears belted out fifteen hits and led 9-1 after their turn at bat in the fifth. DH Will Matthiessen (220/324/305), CF Brett Kinneman (188/284/291) and C Elys Escobar (250/368/396) had three hits apiece.
The Pirates came back from a 6-1 deficit after four innings to tie the game at 6-6 in the seventh, but a passed ball scored the fake runner from third in the bottom of the tenth to give Princeton the victory.
Starter Luis Ortiz (4.10 ERA in 41 1⁄2 IP) was hit hard, giving up six runs in just three and two thirds innings on seven hits and three walks, including a two-run homer in the second.
Relievers C.J. Dandenau (2.63 ERA, 27 K’s in 24 IP), who fanned four, Saul de la Cruz (0.47 ERA, 23 K’s in 19 IP) with three and Samson Abernathy (3.00 ERA, 28 K’s in 21 IP) combined to allow Princeton only one hit over their final six innings.
DH Jesus Valdez (317/405/466) drove in three with two hits, including a two-run homer, his fourth of the year and second in three games. 3B Aaron Shackelford (273/333/515) hit his eighth home run, the third time in four games he’s gone deep.
SS Norkis Marcos slammed a two-run homer, his first of the year, in a three run fourth inning.
Starter Estalin Ortiz fanned six without a walk in five innings, allowing three runs on six hits.
The Rangers scored four in the first and piled on with two runs each in the third and fifth. Starter Andy Maldonado (9.53 ERA, 36 BB in 28 1⁄3 IP) lasted only two thirds of an inning, allowing four runs on three hits and a pair of walks. Pirates pitchers combined for eleven walks.
Wandi Montout (2.84 ERA in 25 1⁄3 IP) had his best start of the year, tossing five scoreless innings, fanning three as he allowed just two hits and two walks.
Down 14-1 in the fourth, the Pirates put nine more runs on the board but ran out of innings.
In bullpen games for both teams, Pirates starter Adrian Mendez was charged with four runs when he walked four and gave up two hits to the six batters he faced. Johan Montero followed and let in six mire runs in his two and two thirds innings.
2019-08-15 2B Kevin Kramer
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 West Virginia)
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)