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Aaron Shortridge

Despite the GCL Pirates having the day off, there were eleven games with three double headers, including a game where Morgantown was the visiting team in their own ballpark.

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Altoona activated RF Bralin Jackson (235/277/292) from the 7-day injured list, where he’d been since July 29. Altoona then placed 3B Robbie Glendinning (298/368/488) on the 7-day injured list with a right ankle sprain.

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Games

Triple-A

Indianapolis (56-58) drops 3-2 score in 7 innings at Norfolk (46-68)

Cam Vieaux (6-5, 4.07) went five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and one walk while fanning one. Handed a 2-0 lead, Dovydas Neverauskas (4.02 ERA, 53 K’s in 40 13 IP) then coughed up three runs in the bottom of the sixth on three hits and two walks to take the loss. He threw only 13 of 32 pitchers for strikes.

Singles by 2B Jake Elmore (344/407/475) and 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (251/332/400), a wild pitch, and another single by LF Kevin Kramer gave the Indians a 2-0 first inning lead, but that was the last time they’d score despite thirteen baserunners in seven innings.

Indianapolis (57-58) then wins 3-2 in 7 innings at Norfolk (46-69) in makeup of Aug 7 postponement

CF Jason Martin’s (267/308/439) sixth inning double drove in 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes, breaking a 2-2 tie.

SS Cole Tucker (268/358/424) led off the game with a double and after a bunt single from 2B Jake Elmore came around to score on a single by Hayes. The Indians second run scored when Martin reached on the second baseman’s throwing error.

Eduardo Vera (5-9, 6.75) gave up two runs in four innings on four hits and a walk, including a solo homer. He struck out two.

Jake Brentz (4.08 ERA, 54 K’s in 46 13 IP) followed with two scoreless innings and Montana DuRapau (2.06 ERA, 50 K’s in 39 13 IP) tossed a scoreless seventh with a pair of strikeouts for the save.

Double-A

Altoona (58-58) blanks visiting Richmond (42-72) by 2-0 score

Cody Bolton (8-5, 2.86) shook off a bad start, tossing five scoreless innings as he allowed four hits and two walks while fanning three, and extending his scoreless streak over Richmond to ten innings.

Clay Holmes did much better in his second rehab appearance, allowing one hit while fanning three in two scoreless innings.

SS Oneil Cruz (302/349/500) had an RBI single in the fourth and the Curve scored their second run in the seventh on doubles by 3B Brett Pope (244/311/300) and P Beau Sulser, who was pinch-hitting.

High-A

Bradenton (63-51) a 4-1 winner over visiting Dunedin (65-48)

22 year old right-hander Aaron Shortridge (7-4, 3.26), a 4th Round pick in 2018, tossed a gem, with 62 of 90 pitches for strikes in eight scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out four.

2B Rodolfo Castro (225/281/456) had a two-run single in the Marauder’s three-run fourth inning. DH Raul Hernandez (253/299/316) had three hits, including a fourth inning RBI single.

Low-A

Greensboro (68-46) falls 7-2 to visiting Asheville (55-61)

The Grasshoppers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third, keyed by 3B Michael Gretler’s (221/307/312) double, and Alex Manasa (8-3, 3.59) allowed just one run on three hits and no walks in five innings, striking out seven, but the bullen fell apart, surrendering six runs.

SS Ji-Hwan Bae (303/388/386) had two singles and two walks.

Short Season A

West Virginia (27-23) prevails 8-2 in 7 innings over Williamsport (20-32) a makeup of a July 6 postponement in Williamsport

Batting first in their home park, the Black Bears jumped out to a 6-0 lead with three runs in both the second and third innings.

21 year old right-hander J.C. Flowers (3.46 ERA in 13 IP) a 4th Round pick in 2019, went four strong innings, allowing just two base runners, a single and a solo homer, while fanning six.

LF Matt Gorski (225/290/388) drove in two with a solo homer and a sacrifice fly and CF Brett Kinneman (164/280/291) had a two-run double. 3B Jared Triolo (250/321/419) and RF Blake Sabol (271/369/391) had two hits apiece.

West Virginia (28-23) edges visiting Williamsport (20-33) by a 2-1 score in 7 innings

Each team had only three hits, but the Black Bears pushed across solo runs on the first and second innings on RBI singles by C Kyle Wilkie (237/326/281) and 2B Cory Wood (224/297/313), although they wouldn’t get another hit the rest of the game.

Jesus Valles (3.49 ERA in 49 IP) went five and a third innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six.

Oliver Garcia (1.83 ERA, 26 K’s in 19 23 IP) struck out two over the final one and two thirds for the save.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (22-25) loses 4-3 in 7 innings to visiting Kingsport (23-25)

The Pirates held a 3-1 lead after three, but they tied the game against starter Luis Ortiz (3.08 ERA in 38 IP) in the fifth then pushed across the game winner in the seventh on a bunt single, a sacrifice bunt, and a ground single up the middle off reliever C.J. Dandeneau (2.45 ERA in 22 IP).

Ortiz went six, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks, including a solo homer.

DH Aaron Shackelford (259/321/455) and RF Daniel Rivero (222/300/242) each had RBI doubles and 1B Samuel Inoa (318/366/439) an RBI single.

3B Jesus Valdez (295/384/396) had a pair of hits and has collected 16 hits in his last 36 at bats.

Bristol (23-25) rolls 10-2 in 7 innings over visiting Kingsport (23-26)

The Pirates banged out fifteen hits in six innings while starter Yoelvis Reyes (4.79 ERA in 35 23 IP) allowed only an unearned run in five innings on four hits and no walks, while striking out six. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last nine innings and only two in his last fifteen.

DH Ethan Goforth (218/271/382) had two singles and a double, driving in three. 3B Matt Morrow (295/358/368) also had three hits, while SS Jesus Valdez, 1B Ernny Ordonez (215/299/306) and LF Jean Eusebio (247/354/358) all had two hits apiece.

Rookie

The GCL Pirates were not scheduled.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (27-31) downed 2-1 at Dodgers Shoemaker (28-28)

Reliever Eddison Polonia (2.45 ERA in 7 13 IP) gave up only one hit and one walk in three innings, but a hit by pitch, steal, fly ball and a wild pitch gave the Dodgers their go-ahead run in the sixth.

Andy Maldonado (8.46 ERA, 34 BB in 27 23 IP) went the first three innings, allowing one run on two hits and three walks.

The Pirates managed seven hits while striking out thirteen times.

Pirates-2 (47-11) victorious 8-2 over visiting Colorado (24-34)

The Pirates scored four insurance runs in the eighth to seal their victory.

Adrian Mendez (6.23 ERA in 43 13 IP) allowed two runs over five innings on five hits and a walk. Johan Montero (1.21 ERA in 37 13 IP) went the last four, not allowing a run while giving up three hits and a walk and fanning four.

DH Alex Mojica (368/487/592) and 3B Fabian Urbina (308/379/500 in 9 games) each went 2-for-4, while LF Mario Jerez (254/370/339) had a pair of walks and a two-run triple, driving in three for the game.

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Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

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 (rehabbing with the GCL Pirates)

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)