With Bristol and the DSL Pirates-2 already knocked out of their playoffs and West Virginia being eliminated on the final day, minor league baseball is over the for Pirates’ affiliates for another year.
There were only four games on the schedule, all four resulting in shutouts - of which three were losses and only one a win. Isn’t that a marvel?
James Marvel (16-5, 2.94 ERA in 162 1⁄3 IP) finished his season on a high note, running his record to 7-0 with a 2.67 ERA in Triple-A, as he fanned five in five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks. His teams won fifteen of the last sixteen games he started, with the one loss in a game where Marvel threw four scoreless innings.
LF Kevin Kramer (260/335/417) had three hits.
Sean Brady (6-13, 4.27 ERA in 162 1⁄3 IP) allowed just one hit in six innings, a solo homer by RF Michael A. Taylor (248/324/463), his ninth, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but that was enough to make him a loser as nary a Curve batter crossed the plate all day.
Brady walked two and struck out four, and allowed just two runs over his final three starts, covering 22 innings. In 20 starts since May 21, he posted a 3.27 ERA in 127 innings.
CF Jared Oliva (277/352/398) had two of Altoona’s six hits.
No games scheduled.
A leadoff single and a pair of two out doubles produced two runs for the Power in the bottom of the first, and that 2-0 lead held up as the Grasshoppers didn’t even get a hit until LF Justin Harrer (231/326/380) tripled with one out in the eighth.
Starter Winston Nicacio (4-4, 2.80 ERA in 61 IP) allowed only two more hits over his six innings, fanning six without a walk.
CF Jonah Davis (239/324/470) had the only other hit, a ninth inning double. After a disastrous first 30 games in which he went 13-for-110 with 54 strikeouts, since July 1 Davis hit 300/369/586 in 55 games, covering 250 plate appearances, with 16 home runs and 83 strikeouts. He now has 31 homers in 136 career minor league games.
Short Season A
Needing only to win to advance to the playoffs, the Black Bears, who’ve struggled mightily with the bat recently, matched zeroes with Mahoning Valley until the bottom of the sixth when reliever Denny Roman (4.19 ERA in 38 2⁄3 IP) was touched for a two-run double to the gap in right center field. Coupled with Batavia’s 7-0 victory, Morgantown fell a game short of the division title.
Long reliever Francis del Orbe (3.43 ERA, 48 K’s in 42 IP) got the start and lasted 65 pitches, keeping the Scrappers off balance with a steady stream of sliders, as he fanned five in three and two thirds scoreless innings, allowing just two singles and a walk.
Roman got out of the fourth but got knocked around for four hits over the next two innings.
3B Dean Lockery (236/321/297) had two of the Black Bears’ three hits.
Advanced Rookie (Playoffs)
No games scheduled.
Dominican Rookie (Playoffs)
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)