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RHP Wilkin Ramos was assigned to the GCL Pirates from Greensboro. He had been on the DL since July 13 but the announcement reads as a regular assignment rather than a rehab.

31 year old RHP Tom Koehler, formerly of the Marlins and who has been out since Sep of 2017 with a sore shoulder, will be a rehab with the GCL Pirates.

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Games

Triple-A

Indianapolis (56-57) pummeled 8-1 at Norfolk (45-68)

James Marvel (12-5, 2.79) allowed only an unearned run on four hits but was out after four innings due to wildness, walking five and striking out four as he threw only 48 of 85 pitches for strikes. Still, he’s allowed an earned run in only two of his six starts at Triple-A.

After that, the bullpen brought their gas cans, with Sean Keselica (3.74 ERA in 58 IP) walking four and seeing four runners cross the plate in just a third of an inning, then Luis Escobar (2.50 ERA, 60 K’s in 54 P) was hammered for four hits and a walk, getting charged for three runs in an inning and two thirds.

CF Jason Martin (266/305/434) had three hits and has been batting 325/364/483 in his last 35 games, dating back to June 19.

Double-A

Altoona was tied 0-0 in the second inning with visiting Richmond when the game was suspended because of rain

High-A

Bradenton (61-49) wins completion of Aug 5 suspended game 2-1 in 8 innings at Charlotte (66-45)

Both teams scored in the first and it stayed that way until 1B Mason Martin (263/370/565) who had two hits in the game, singled in the fake runner in the top of the eighth, his 104th RBI.

Osvaldo Bido (12-6, 3.29) had a fine game in his second start with at High-a, giving up just an unearned run on four hits and a walk in seven and a third innings, and throwing just 83 pitches, with 55 for strikes (66%)

Nick Mears (3.03 ERA, 60 K’s in 38 23 IP) got the final two outs for his fifth save.

Bradenton (62-49) comes back for 8-7 victory at Charlotte (66-46)

Starter Conner Loeprich (4.16 ERA in 75 23 IP) was hit hard, allowing five runs on eleven hits and a walk in five innings, He struck out three.

Down 4-0, the Marauders tied it up with four of their own in the fifth, two on a bases loaded single by LF Daniel Amaral (284/351/344) and another two when with two outs RF Cal Mitchell (260/312/430) reached on an error by the first baseman.

2B Rodolfo Castro (226/283/463), who’s struggled to a 195/235/363 line in 33 games since being promoted, slugged a two-run homer in the eighth, his 18th of the year.

Low-A

Greensboro (68-45) rolls 5-2 at Greenville (49-65)

Colin Selby (2.68 ERA in 84 IP) turned in another strong start, giving up two runs, both unearned, on three hits and a walk in five innings, striking out two.

Yerry de los Santos (1.58 ERA, 59 K’s in 40 IP) struck out two in two scoreless innings to earn his tenth save.

RF Jonah Davis (225/315/446) had a double and his 13th homer, a solo shot in the ninth, the fifth time in seven games that he’s gone deep.

3B Michael Gretler (222/309/310) had three hits and drove in two while SS Ji-hwan Bae (298/380/383) had a single and a pair of walks.

Short Season A

West Virginia at Mahoning Valley was postponed.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (21-24) holds on for 7-6 victory at Danville (19-28)

Starter Adrian Florencio (4.71 ERA in 36 13 IP) gave up only two hits in four innings but walked five, good for two runs with one being unearned.

Down 4-3, the Pirates plated four two-out runs in the seventh, two on a bases loaded single by DH Jesus Valdez (281/378/383) then two more when the first baseman whiffed the catch when 3B Aaron Shackelford (259/322/453) grounded to second.

Valdez, SS Francisco Acuna (318/378/482) and RF Jean Eusebio (240/348/347) all had two hits apiece.

Rookie

GCL Pirates (12-21) fall 4-2 in 7 innings to visiting Twins (18-14)

Tom Koehler, rehabbing from Triple-A Indianapolis, made his first appearance in a game since September 2017, lasting five batters and surrendering a pair of runs on two hits and a hit batsman.

After Estalin Ortiz (10.32 ERA, 13 BB in 11 13 IP) got the final out in the first, Quinn Priester (2.55 ERA, 28 K’s in 24 23 IP) came on and allowed two runs in four and two thirds on five hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out four.

The Pirates had only four hits and a walk, but DH Deion Walker (261/320/609) snapped the team’s season long drought when he slugged their first homerun of 2019.

GCL Pirates (12-22) shutout again, 1-0, in 7 innings in make up of Aug 5 postponement at Twins (19-14)

Arlinthon de Dios (3.09 ERA in 32 IP) turned in a fine start, striking out eight and not allowing a run in four and two thirds innings while allowing three hits and two walks, but he was victimized by his team’s continued anemic hitting.

The Pirates collected only four singles and a walk in seven innings while fanning ten times. Deion Walker, who’d homered in the first game, went down swinging all three times up.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (26-30) fall short, 16-11, at Indians (22-31)

In a game with an apparently tight strike zone, the two teams combined for 25 hits and 23 walks. The Pirates scored five times in the eighth and another three in the ninth, but not enough to overcome a 13-3 deficit through seven.

Valentin Linarez (2.78 ERA in 45 13 IP), who’d walked nine in nine previous starts, was charged with four free passes while giving up three hits, combining for four runs in two and two thirds. He fanned five.

Reliever Jarlin Yes walked four and gave up five runs over the final two innings.

SS Juan Jerez (276/332/454) was 2-for-5.

Pirates-2 (45-11) ride big inning en route to 17-10 win over Giants (23-32)

The hitting in the Dominican was contagious, when ahead 6-2 the Pirates-2 squad piled eleven more runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh.

In a game where both teams scored in double digits, 19 year old Nicaraguan starter Sergio Umana (2.55 ERA in 53 IP) turned in a scoreless performance, allowing just two hits and no walks over four innings while he struck out five.

The Pirates banged out eighteen hits while walking six times, with seven player recording two or more hits.

2B Carlos Arroyo (287/346/391) led with a 4-for-5 day while RF Randy Romero (409/447/556) held on to his lead for the top batting average as he went 3-for-6, and stole two more bases, giving him 29 on the year without being caught.

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Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

2019-08-04 LHP Blake Weiman, left shoulder tendonitis.

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

Double-A Altoona

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

High-A Bradenton

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

Low-A Greensboro

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

Advanced Rookie

2019-06-17 LHP Roger Santana

Rookie

2019-06-24 RHP Andres Arrieta (60 day)

Dominican Rookie

2019-07-25 LF Stilwatt Valerio (60 day)