Only one win vs five losses in a short schedule.
RHP Matt Eardensohn (2.45 ERA in 25 2⁄3 IP) was promoted from Bristol to West Virginia. The 23 year old right-handed reliever was signed this summer as an undrafted free agent from Coastal Carolina and has already pitched for the GCL Pirates, Bristol and Bradenton.
JB Shuck (4.24 ERA, 22 K’s in 17 IP) was the starting pitcher and took that 2-0 lead into the third, but was lifted after a walk to Ryan Lavarnway loaded the bases and another to Alex Blandino forced in a run. In two and two thirds innings, Shuck threw only 31 of 62 pitches for strikes, allowing the one run on two hits and three walks, as he fanned two. It was just the second time in fourteen appearances that Shuck had been scored upon.
Rookie Davis (5.47 ERA in 49 1⁄3 IP) took the loss when he served up a two-run homer in the sixth. Over three and a third innings he allowed four hits and a walk while striking out three.
Elmore, who leads the International League with his .342 batting average and is third with a .407 on-base percentage, had two hits as did RF Eric Wood (243/323/422).
The Curve scored all three of their runs in the top of the eight, capped by 1B Logan Hill’s (249/326/433) two-run single, but their comeback fell a run short.
Starter Beau Sulser (2.60 ERA in 90 IP) only went three innings, allowing single runs in the first and second innings on a total of four hits and four walks. He failed to strike out any batters.
Jesus Liranzo (4.83 ERA in 54 IP) followed and went two innings, giving up two runs in the fourth which turned out to be the deciding margin.
Hill had three of Altoona’s six hits.
Aaron Shortridge (9-5, 3.25 ERA in 135 2⁄3 IP) gave up single runs in the first and third but then was tagged for three runs in the fifth, two on Hendrik Clementina’s 13th home run, snapping his streak of four consecutive games allowing one or fewer runs. Shortridge struck out just two without walking anyone as he allowed seven hits in his five innings.
Reliever Hunter Stratton (4.50 ERA in 72 IP) was knocked around for five more runs over the final two innings on six hits and three walks.
Starter Noe Toribio (3.39 ERA in 61 IP) took a two-hit shutout and a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but was touched for two runs on a single, double and single, but the bullpen fell apart, serving up eight runs over the next two innings. Toribio struck out four without any walks.
Will Gardner (3.13 ERA, 53 K’s in 46 IP) was charged with six runs in one and a third innings on five hits and two walks.
CF Jonah Davis (238/325/477) doubled and hit his 18th home run. It was his the 30th of his career in 129 games.
Short Season A
Reliever Garrett Leonard (4.62 ERA in 25 1⁄3 IP) gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth on four hits and a walk as State College rallied for a walk-off win.
Grant Ford (2.97 ERA in 36 1⁄3 IP) started and went three scoreless innings, leaving with a 3-0 lead as he surrendered just one hit and one walk while fanning two. Frances del Orbe (4.08 ERA, 41 K’s in 35 1⁄3 IP) followed and struck out seven in four innings without a walk, allowing three hits, with the only run coming on a solo homer in the fourth.
The Black Bears scored all three of there runs in the second. RF Matt Fraizer (234/306/289) doubled with one out and stole third, then came home on 1B Brendt Citta’s (285/367/449) single to left. After a fielder’s choice left Citta safe and two runners on, SS Victor Ngoepe (211/262/263) knocked both of them home with a triple.
Starer Adrian Florencio (4.75 ERA in 47 1⁄3 IP) served up a pair of solo homers in the first and another two runs in the second. In his three innings ha allowed five hits and two walks while fanning four.
No games scheduled.
Regular season concluded.
There are six divisions in the 45 team league. The Pirates-2 finished at 56-16 with the league’s most wins but second in won/loss percentage. They, along with the Rangers-1 (55-15) were the two division winners with the best records and thus get a first round bye.
Starting on Monday, Aug. 26, the Royals-1 (41-29) play the Rockies (43-21) and the Diamondbacks-2 (44-26) play the Reds (47-24) in a best of three, with the two winners advancing to play the Rangers-1 and Pirates-2 on Thursday.
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)