Indianapolis placed 2B Darnell Sweeney (214/272/364) on the 7-day IL with a right oblique strain.
James Marvel (14-5, 2.97 ERA in 151 1⁄3 IP) bounced back from a rough start with a strong seven innings, allowing six hits and giving up just two fifth inning runs, striking out six without walking a batter. Marvel has a 5-0 record with a 2.72 ERA and just two home runs in nine starts since being promoted to Triple-A.
1B Will Craig (253/326/438) drove in a pair of runs with a first inning sacrifice fly and an RBI single in the third, 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (257/328/411) went 4-for-5 while 2B Jake Elmore, LF Kevin Kramer and CF Trayvon Robinson had two hits apiece.
After homering in back-to-back games earlier in the week, Hayes now has three straight multi-hit games, with nine hits in his last twelve at bats.
Sean Brady (5-12, 4.52 ERA in 149 1⁄3 IP) tossed a nine inning complete game shutout, scattering seven hits and a walk as he struck out six. The 25 year old left-hander, a 5th Round pick in 2013 out of high school, was obtained in late April from the Indians. After being roughed up in each of his first four outings for Altoona, allowing 23 runs in 18 innings, Brady has a 3.47 ERA over his last eighteen starts, allowing two or fewer runs in six or more innings thirteen times.
LF Chris Sharpe (259/335/446) got the Curve on the board with a solo homer in the fourth, his 15th of the year, before they exploded for six runs in the fifth, in which C Jason Delay (248/292/422), 2B Adrian Valerio (223/264/284) and Sharpe all had RBI doubles, the final run scoring as Sharpe stole home on the front end of a double steal with CF Jared Oliva (288/361/419), who swiped his 34th.
1B Mason Martin (254/352/561) drove in three runs with two solo homers and a single while Nick Economos (10-8, 3.00 ERA in 129 IP) tossed six strong innings, allowing only five hits and a walk despite striking out just one.
After getting lit up for a 8.83 ERA in four games with Double-A Altoona, Economos has given up one run in each of his two starts since being returned to Bradenton.
Martin went deep his first two times up, in the first and third innings, giving him 34 long balls on the year, then laced an RBI single to right to drive in the first run in a three run bottom of the eighth that sealed the victory.
After driving in three, Martin continues to lead the planet with 123 RBI’s on the year.
Currently leads world in RBI’s, protein intake, and hair flips https://t.co/LlTlluD44f— Brad Case (@brad_queso) August 15, 2019
C Deon Stafford (234/322/352) drove in two runs with two singles.
Nicacio, who’d only allowed one run in his previous 24 innings, gave up ten hits and two walks in his three and two thirds innings, while Melendez saw every one of the three hits, three hit batsmen and one walk he allowed cross the plate in the fifth inning.
RF Jack Herman (249/335/463) walked but struck out in each of his four at bats, having just one hit in his last sixteen times up.
Short Season A
Austin Roberts (2.91 ERA in 34 IP) had his second straight strong start, tossing five shutout innings as he scattered seven hits and a walk while fanning three. Roberts was the Pirates’ 8th Round pick this year out of Sacramento State.
DH Brendt Citta’s (279/364/442) two-run double highlighted a four run sixth inning as the Black Bears clawed back from a 5-2 deficit.
Starter Bear Bellomy (2.65 ERA in 37 1⁄2 IP) was awarded the victory despite allowing five runs, four earned in five innings, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Cameron Junker (1.52 ERA, 38 K’s in 23 2⁄3 IP) got his fifth save as he fanned four in two perfect innings.
Three of the six hits and both walks for West Virginia came in their decisive sixth inning. Citta finished 2-for-3.
The Pirates jumped on top quickly when LF Jake Snider (309/413/382) led off the game with his first home run of the year.
Starter Jose Maldonado (4.34 ERA in 45 2⁄3 IP) took that 1-0 lead into the fourth, extending his saw his scoreless innings streak to fifteen before Johnson City got their only runs of the game on a walk and a two-run homer to open the frame.
Maldonado went six, allowing just those two runs on five hits and a walk as he fanned five.
The Pirates only managed four hits and a walk, two of those hits by 2B Josh Bissonette (269/342/368)
18 year old Nicaraguan right-hander Bryan Torres (6.68 ERA in 31 IP) had a strong start, fanning five without a walk in five innings as he allowed one run on just three hits. He’s now allowed only one run in each of his last three appearances, covering eleven and a third innings.
The Pirates got their first run on 3B Emilson Rosado’s (213/297/344) solo homer in the second, his second of the year.
Angulo and Rosado each had two hits.
The game was scoreless until 20 year old Chinese reliever Hai-Cheng Gong (6.66 ERA in 24 1⁄3 IP) allowed one run in each of the sixth and seventh innings. He struck out three in four innings, without a walk, while allowing five hits.
The Pirates managed only four singles and two walks as they fanned eight times.
Pirates-1 at Dodgers Shoemaker was postponed
Royals-2 at Pirates-2 was postponed.
2019-08-24 2B Darnell Sweeney, right oblique strain.
2019-08-20 LHP Sean Keselica
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 (shut back down Aug 18)
2019-08-17 RHP Cody Bolton
2019-08-08 3B Robbie Glendinning, sprained ankle
2019-04-26 2B Stephen Alemais, right shoulder strain
2019-04-04 RHP Gage Hinsz, right forearm strain
2019-08-22 RHP Ryan Valdes
2019-07-27 RHP Max Kranick
2019-07-06 RHP Logan Stoelke
2019-05-17 LHP Oddy Nunez, back strain
2019-05-04 RHP Drew Fischer, right elbow strain
2019-04-04 RHP Michael Flynn (60 day, rehabbing with the GCL Pirates)
2019-08-16 RHP Colin Selby
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
2019-08-19 RHP Emmanuel de los Santos (60 day)
2019-06-24 RHP Andres Arrieta (60 day)
2019-08-13 RHP Oscar Echerry (60 day)
2019-07-25 LF Stilwatt Valerio (60 day)