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All Hands on Deck: Brandon Waddell with six scoreless innings for Indianapolis

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Brandon Waddell
Ian Rogol

The GCL Pirates get walked off twice and the Dominican Summer League wrapped it’s regular season with makeup games, the Pirates-2 finishing at 56-16 and headed to the playoffs.

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Games

Triple-A

Indianapolis (64-67) with 7-0 blanking of visiting Louisville (53-78)

Brandon Waddell (6-7, 6.10 ERA in 93 IP) fanned seven batters in six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks. It was his second straight quality start, having allowed just one run in his last fourteen innings. He also added two singles in three at bats.

3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (259/329/412) had his fourth straight multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 night.

Double-A

Altoona (65-66) edged 3-2 at Bowie (72-59)

Left-hander Cam Vieaux (7-6, 3.89 ERA in 131 23 IP) took a no-hitter into the sixth, extending his scoreless streak to 24 innings over four games, when with two outs he walked a pair of batters then saw Carlos Perez slam his 14th homer to plate three runs and give Bowie the lead. It was the only hit that Vieaux would allow and Bowie had only two hits in the game, to Altoona’s four. Vieaux walked four and struck out three.

SS Oneil Cruz (308/354/504) had a double and his first Double-A home run, a solo shot in the fourth.

High-A

Bradenton (70-60) with 9-3 win over visiting Daytona Beach (62-67)

Coming of back-to-back rough starts, Gavin Wallace (5-8, 4.28 ERA in 103 IP) allowed two runs in the top of the first, but the Marauders exploded for five in the first and another four runs in the second as Wallace settled down, giving up three runs in five innings on eight hits without a walk as he fanned three.

DH Lucas Tancas (280/340/420) slammed a three run homer in the five run first, his eight of the year, and added an RBI single in the second that also an RBI double from SS Rodolfo Castro (244/295/465), who had two hits, and a two-run triple from LF Lolo Sanchez (254/340/368).

Castro has hit 338/364/514 over his last 20 games.

Low-A

Greensboro (75-54) wins 4-2 at Hickory (77-49)

Alex Manasa (9-4, 3.37 ERA in 133 23 IP) threw five shutout innings, striking out four as he allowed four hits and four walks. He’s now allowed a run in four of his last six starts, and just one run in one of the other two.

With the score tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh, the Grasshoppers loaded the bases on three walks, then scored two of them when DH Jonah Davis (235/323/463) was hit by a pitch and RF Jack Herman (249/336/459) also walked.

Short Season A

West Virginia (36-30) drops 6-2 score at Auburn (24-42)

Starter Jesus Valles was hit with a four spot in the second, the only runs he’d allow in six innings of work on a total of four hits and a walk. He struck out three.

RF Matt Fraizer (234/307/282) and LF Fernando Villegas (294/366/464) had two hits apiece, accounting for four of the Black Bears’ six hits.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (32-31) wins 5-4 at Johnson City (33-31)

Starter Dante Mendoza, who’s struggled all year, turned in perhaps his best performance of the season, not allowing any runs over five innings as he allowed just two hits, walking three and striking out one.

Tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth, three Pirates scored when the right-fielder dropped DH Jesus Valdez (292/376/436) two-out fly ball for an error.

Valdez, 3B Aaron Shackelford (274/338/497) and CF Daniel Rivero (255/321/303) all had two hits each.

Rookie

GCL Pirates (17-33) drop 7-6 score in 9 innings at Orioles (35-14)

Starter Domingo Gonzalez was roughed up for five runs in four and two thirds innings on five hits and two walks as he fanned six.

The game was tied 5-5 after the regulation seven, then saw each team score once in the eighth to send it to another extra frame, but the Pirates failed to score in the top of the ninth before the O’s plated a run in their half to walk off with the win.

3B Norkis Marcos (237/299/333) had three hits and hot-hitting RF Jasiah Dixon (349/438/444) added a pair of his own.

GCL Pirates (17-34) walked off again, 5-4 in 8 innings at Orioles (36-14) in makeup of Aug 16 postponement

Spot starter Mario Garcia (4.24 ERA, 50 K’s in 46 23 IP) only lasted a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, but the Pirates tied the score in the second and Julio Rosario (6.04 ERA in 22 13 IP) tossed four and two thirds shutout frames in relief.

Into extra innings, the Pirates scored one in the top of the eighth but the Orioles responded with a pair, to walk it off again and sweep the double header.

RF Deon Walker (273/329/455) had a pair of hits.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (34-36) win 5-1 over visiting Dodgers Shoemaker (35-34)

Starter Raydel Velette (3.22 ERA in 36 13 IP) left after three innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, but Brahman Rosario (2.59 ERA in 59 IP) followed with five shutout innings, allowing just one base runner, a single, as he fanned six.

CF Sergio Campana (281/362/374) had two hits.

Pirates-2 (55-16) drop 5-1 score at Royals-2 (30-40)

Starter Felipe Mezquita (3.83 ERA in 49 13 IP) was tagged with the loss, allowing two runs in five innings on five hits as he fanned four without a walk, but reliever Emmanuel Mejia (1.74 ERA, 37 K’s in 20 23 IP), who’d only given up one run all year, tossed gas on the fire, surrendering three runs in just an inning on three hits and a walk.

The Pirates only had four hits, as both CF Randy Romero (376/418/495) and 3B Alex Mojica (351/468/580) ended their regular seasons on hitless notes.

Pirates-2 (56-16) victorious 9-2 over visiting Royals-2 (30-41) in makeup of Aug 23 postponement

Even as many of their regulars were benched for the final game of the regular season, Jorge Ramos (3.04 ERA in 53 13 IP) turned in his second straight scoreless start, allowing three walks and just two hits in five innings, striking out four.

RF Rodolfo Nolasco (302/373/472) was 3-for-4 while 2B Carlos Arroyo (302/354/401) and 1B Jommer Hernandez (317/406/423) had two hits apiece.

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Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

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

Double-A Altoona

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

High-A Bradenton

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)

Low-A Greensboro

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

Advanced Rookie

2019-06-17 LHP Roger Santana

Rookie

2019-08-19 RHP Emmanuel de los Santos (60 day)

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)