The Pirates claimed RHP Yacksel Rios off waiver from the Phillies and assigned him to Indianapolis.
Rios had appeared in four games with the Phillies this year, with a 13.50 ERA in 2 2⁄3 innings. Over three seasons he has made 53 MLB appearances for a 6.38 ERA, averaging 96 mph on his fastball, but averaging 3.7 walks per 9 innings in the minors and 4.4 in the majors. He had a 1.92 ERA in 37 minor league games in 2017 split between Double-A and Triple-A, but 3.97 last year in 22 games and 7.41 so far in 2019 in 31 games.
After shining in the Altoona rotation, compiling a 2.23 ERA in seven starts, Brandon Waddell (5.65 ERA in 78 IP) gave up six runs for the second straight game in his return to Triple-A. He was charged with four runs in the fourth inning and then the first two of three runs in the sixth. He was touched for eight hits and two walks in five and two thirds while fanning six.
The Indians scored first with three in the third and briefly retook the lead on 1B Hunter Owen’s (292/368/556) two-run homer in the fifth, his 18th.
Starter Cody Bolton (7-5, 3.01) had a shutout through four innings on just a single and a walk, but everything fell apart with two outs in the fifth, when Reading exploded a homer, walk, single, single and homer for five runs in a space of five batters. In four and two thirds Bolton allowed a total of five hits and two walks while striking out five. After starting the year with a 1.61 ERA in twelve starts for Bradenton, Bolton ERA after seven starts with Altoona is 5.56 with six home runs allowed, out of the fourteen his given up in his minor league career.
The Curve struck out eleven times and didn’t draw a walk while collecting just five hits, one of those a solo homer, his 13th, by SS Robbie Glendinning (301/367/497).
CF Jared Oliva (285/362/421) had a pair of singles.
Starter Aaron Shortridge (6-4, 3.50) threw five and two thirds shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
The Marauders scored all five of their runs in the third inning on four singles and three walks, with RBIs on RF Cal Mitchell’s (266/315/439) sacrifice fly, and singles by 1B Mason Martin (263/369/574) and 3B Jesse Medrano (193/255/282)
Mitchell finished up 3-for-4.
Starter Will Kobos (5.40 ERA in 28 1⁄3 IP) fired four no-hit, no-run innings, walking two and striking out four.
RF Jonah Davis (215/303/412) slammed his 11th homer, his third in four games, a two-run shot in the second, and finished with four RBI. Since June 30 Davis is hitting 301/364/585 with nine homers in 31 games and 140 PA’s.
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Starter Austin Roberts (3.00 ERA in 21 IP) was roughed up for four runs in four innings on five hits and a walk, but four relievers threw five shutout innings.
Frazier was 3-for-5 and 2B Cory Wood (210/282/303) went 2-for-4.
Tahnaj Thomas (3.68 ERA, 42 K’s in 29 1⁄3 IP) was dominant again and the Pirates jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the fifth but Elizabethton scored eight times in their final three innings, capped by a walk-off grand slam by SS Seth Gray, a 4th Round pick this year from Wright State.
Ryan Troutman (6.59 ERA in 13 2⁄3 IP), the Pirates’ 26th Round pick, suffered the loss as he got knocked for four hits and a walk in just a third of an inning.
That was after Thomas turned in his fifth quality start in his last six, striking out a season high nine despite walking only his second batter in those last six starts, allowing one run on three hits in five innings.
Over his last 25 2⁄3 innings, Thomas has allowed 7 runs on 21 hits, with 2 walks and 41 strikeouts.
A day after losing 1-0, the Pirates came up short 11-0.
Starter Ryan Harbin, making his second appearance of the year, was tagged with six runs in three innings, including a grand slam, on five hits and two walks.
RF Angel Basabe (244/307/346) went 2-for-4.
Starter Raydel Velette (4.07 ERA, 26 BB in 24 1⁄2 IP) allowed just one hit in four shutout innings although he walked five. He was followed by Wilkin Valdez (6.98 ERA, 23 BB in 19 1⁄3 IP) who walked all three batters he faced, and all three scored for the Red Sox only runs of the game.
The Pirates drew nine walks of their own along with twelve hits. SS Juan Jerez (273/328/455) had four hits and two RBI.
After losing two games in a row, the Pirates found themselves down 3-1 in the eighth but battled back with a run in that inning and then walked it off it the ninth when PH Geovanny Planchart (364/423/409) rolled a single through the left side, LF Randy Romero (410/447/565) beat out a tapper to the mound and CF Jauri Custodio (318/355/441) was safe on an error by the shortstop, scoring the tying run, before DH Alex Mojica (362/483/589) ripped a game winning double inside the bag at third.
Starter Felipe Mezquita (3.93 ERA, 36 BB in 36 2⁄3 IP) didn’t allow any hits in his two innings, but was lifted after walking five of the eleven batters he faced, one of them scoring.
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
2019-07-27 2B Kyle Mottice, lower back 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)