You might have thought there wouldn’t be anymore transactions this late in the season, but when the parent Pirates placed both RHP Chris Stratton and RHP Yefry Ramirez on the Disabled List, they needed to recall pitchers Montana DuRapau (1.83 ERA, 54 K’s in 44 1⁄3 IP) and Parker Markel (1.74 ERA, 75 K’s in 41 1⁄3 IP) to take their place.
Murray had pitched only seven innings in four years at Ohio State, none his senior year, with an seventeen innings innings in a collegiate league after high school graduation and another seventeen in another league after his sophomore year in college. He was then drafted with 45 innings of work in five years, in which he’d issued 54 walks and struck out 58. Then he went to West Virginia last summer and walked sixteen in seven innings before being shut down. This year the K’s are up and the walks down to 31 in 40 innings, earning Murray a trip to Double-A.
Five days after tossing six scoreless innings, Brandon Waddell (6-8, 6.42 ERA in 965 1⁄3 IP) wasn’t able to sustain his success as he was blasted for three home runs in the second and third innings, surrendering six runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk in just two and a third innings.
3N Ke’Bryan Hayes (263/333/415) was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Left-hander Cam Vieaux (8-6, 3.50 ERA in 139 IP) has been nearly untouchable since being returned to Altoona from Tripla-A Indianapolis, not allowing a run in four of five starts - and in that fifth start only gave up one hit, scoring three runs on one swing of the bat that resulted in a home run. Against Akron, Vieaux, carried a 1-0 through seven innings, fanning ten while walking three and surrendering just two hits.
SS Oneil Cruz (302/353/484) bounced back with a pair of singles and a walk, driving in a first inning run, then beat out a grounder to second to lead off the bottom of the eighth and came around to score on RF Bligh Madris’ (262/327/384) double.
In the four game series, Akron scored just one run in thirty innings off ltoona starting pitching.
Gavin Wallace (5-8, 4.13 ERA in 109 IP) bounced back from a stretch of three straight poor outings , fanning eight with just one walk in six innings, allowing one run on four hits.
They tacked on four more in the seventh when CF Travis Swaggerty (265/347/381) walked with the bases loaded, then two pitches later 1B Mason Martin (254/351/558) cleared them off with a three-run double, giving him 129 RBI on the year.
Alex Manasa (9-5, 3.48 ERA in 139 2⁄3 IP) was tagged for two homers, accounting for three of the four runs he allowed in six innings. He fanned six while walking one and giving up six hits.
Short Season A
Fighting for a playoff spot, the Black Bears came in a game and a half behind Batavia after their ten inning loss on Wednesday, and rebounded by defeating the first place Muckdogs in another ten inning contest.
Bear Bellomy (2.83 ERA in 41 1⁄3 IP) tossed the first four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a pair of walks, then Francis del Orbe (3.76 ERA, 43 K’s in 38 1⁄3 IP) followed with three scoreless frames.
Down 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth, West Virginia got on the board when RF Blake Sabol (258/366/374) doubled with one out, went to third on an infield single and scored on a force at second.
Batavia plated their fake runner in the tenth on a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly, but the game wasn’t over yet. In the bottom of the inning 1B Brendt Citta (283/372/439) reached on an error by the pitcher, sending the fake runner to third. A wild pitch scored the tying run and put Citta in scoring position as the potential winning run, but he was thrown out at the plate on CF Matt Fraizer’s (239/304/289) line single to right. Another wild pitch sent Fraizer to third, from where he raced home and scored the winning run on Wood’s grounder to short.
No games scheduled.
Season cancelled early due to impending hurricane.
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)