Indianapolis activated LHP Blake Weiman. He’d been out since July 12.
Altoona placed RHP Austin Coley on the 7-day Injured List with a sprained left ankle.
The Indians banged out eighteen hits as rehabbing Steven Brault struggled to find the strike zone in his first appearance since being injured.
Brault threw only 41 of 76 pitches for strikes (54%) as he walked five and struck out two in four innings. Along with three hits, he allowed a pair of runs.
2B Kevin Kramer (261/339/429) opened the scoring with a solo homer in the second, his tenth of the year. It was the third consecutive game and five time in eight games that Kramer had gone deep, after hitting only five in his first 86 games.
The score was tied 2-2 in the fifth when the Indians scored four times in the fifth, highlighted by veteran RF Trayvon Robinson’s (314/398/491) two-run homer, his fifth, then struck for four more in the sixth. including C Christian Kelley’s (184/249/311) solo homer, his fifth.
3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (252/328/410) was 4-for-5 with a double. Robinson had three hits, including his homer, and drove in four. CF Jason Martin (255/296/431) and LF Jake Elmore (355/419/496) had three hits apiece.
Right-hander Parker Markel (1.88 ERA, 67 K in 38 1⁄3 IP), just acquired on waivers, got the victory in his second appearance for Indianapolis with two perfect innings, striking out three of the six batters he faced.
Starter Pedro Vasquez (7-4, 3.28) pitched well in defeat, allowing two runs in six innings on five hits and two walks - but he was let down by the Curve offense, which was held hitless over the seven inning game by Trenton’s Brian Keller (2.03 ERA in 48 2⁄3 IP), who walked one and struck out six while throwing 53 of 70 pitches for strikes (76%)
After falling behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first, the Curve fought back for a 4-2 victory in game two.
Beau Sulser (8-1, 2.50) made his third start, shutting the door after the first as he allowed just those two runs in five innings on three hits and two walks, striking out four.
All of Altoona’s runs came on a pair of homers. DH Logan Hill (251/338/424) hit a solo shot in the second, his ninth of the year, and the recently demoted LF Darnell Sweeney (268/310/451) had a two-run homer in the third, his third.
BALLGAME! Matt Eckelman earns his 20th save of the year as we leave town with the double-header split.— Altoona Curve (@AltoonaCurve) August 2, 2019
FINAL: Curve 4, Trenton 2 pic.twitter.com/wHRpBz0FSJ
The regularly scheduled game of Charlotte at Bradenton was postponed and the makeup of the July 31 postponement was cancelled for wet grounds.
21 year old right-hander Colin Selby (2.85 ERA in 79 IP) struck out nine in five innings, allowing just an unearned run on four hits and a walk, for his seventh straight quality start.
Four relievers then allowed just one run over the final four innings, while fanning eight more batters, for a team total of seventeen.
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Starter J.C. Flowers (4.00 ERA in 9 IP) was knocked around for four runs in three innings on six hits and a pair of walks, but reliever Jesus Valles (3.71 ERA in 43 2⁄3 IP) got the victory with five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while fanning five.
19 year old right-hander Domingo Gonzalez (1.93 ERA in 46 2⁄3 IP) was hit hard for the second straight start, giving him a 3.80 ERA in the GCL, allowing two runs in three and a third innings on four hits and three walks. He struck out six.
3B Andres Alvarez (239/309/284) had three hits.
Although he threw few hitless innings just six days before, 17 year old right-hander Andy Maldonado (9.12 ERA, 31 BB in 24 2⁄3 IP) again struggled with control, walking five of the nine batters he faced, along with a pair of hits, in just an inning of work.
The Pirates, who had only four hits, did push across two in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score but the Red Sox got one back in the ninth for the victory.
They lost. The top scoring team in the DSL didn’t even touch home plate, although they did collect six hits and a walk.
It was an all-around bad day as starter Wandi Montrout (3.45 ERA in 15 2⁄3 IP) was hit for four runs in three and two thirds innings on six hits and a pair of walks, even as he fanned five, and reliever Axel Rosario (7.94 ERA, 20 BB in 11 1⁄3 IP) walked three and gave up a hit in his inning of work, leading to two more runs.
2019-07-11 OF Eric Wood, left foot contusion
2019-04-28 RHP J.T. Brubaker, right forearm strain
2019-04-04 RHP Tom Koehler
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
2019-07-13 RHP Wilkin Ramos
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 RHP Lizardy Dicent (rehabbing with the GCL Pirates)
2019-06-17 LHP Roger Santana
2019-06-24 RHP Andres Arrieta (60 day)
2019-07-25 LF Stilwatt Valerio (60 day)