Bucs Drop Pair to Redlegs, Fall Deeper into the Cellar

It was an ugly day-night double header in Cincinnati. Making up a rained out game, the Pirates were beaten in front of a sparse crowd in the afternoon. They returned for the eveing game and were beaten again. In the opener, the ML debut of Pirates starter Daniel McCutchen was pretty solid. He gave up four singles and a homer (to Drew Stubbs) in six innings, allowing three runs and whiffing five. He was matchd up against Kip Wells, who...

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Ngoepe Homers in Bradenton Finale; Owens Named to SAL All-Star Team

Monday’s action in the Pirates’ minor league system…

The Lynchburg Hillcats have a scheduled day off.
GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Bradenton Pirates 1

The Bradenton Pirates wrapped up their season with a loss to the Blue Jays. �The Pirates were held to 6 hits in the contest. �Two of the hits belonged to SS Gift Ngoepe, and the only run scored was Ngoepe’s also — a solo home run in the 3rd inning. �3B Walker Gourley doubled, and Ngoepe, 1B Gerlis Rodriguez, 2B Henry Henry, and RF Melvin De La Cruz all singled. �
The Pirates had the bases loaded in the 4th inning, when Henry singled and stole second base, DH Joey Schoenfeld walked and De La Cruz was hit by a pitch. �Two strikeouts ended the inning, leaving all three on base. �They also had runners reach as far as third base in the 1st inning, when Ngoepe and Rodriguez both singled, and a grounder force out put Ngoepe on third base, but again a strikeout ended the threat. �In�the 2nd, Gourley doubled and advanced to third on a ground out, and two strikeouts left him there. �The seven Blue Jays’ pitchers combined for a total of 13 strikeouts.
The Pirates also gave 7 pitchers a chance to get into the last game of the season. �Newly signed draft pick Zach Von Rosenberg made the start and pitched 2 perfect innings, including 2 strikeouts. �Ryan Beckman pitched next. �He got out of a jam in the 3d inning, when a walk, a stolen base, and a throwing error put a runner on third. �He gave up one run in the 4th on three consecutive singles and a fielding error. �Rafael Quintero finished the th inning with a fly out. �Mitchell Fienemann pitched the 5th and gave up what would turn out to be the winning run, on a single, a stolen base, and an RBI double. �Andres Santos, Sandobal Septimo, and Diomedes Garcia each got a turn, with Santos and Garcia going one inning and Septimo taking two innings. �All four of those innings were scoreless.
The Bradenton Pirates finished with a 29 – 31 record, in 5th place (out of 6) in the Gulf Coast League’s North Division. �They did not qualify for the playoffs. �
A few team leaders:
Average: �C Ramon Cabrera – .291
Doubles: �1B Gerlis Rodriguez – 12
Triples: �INF Elevys Gonzalez – 2
Home runs: �OF Rogelio Noris – 6
RBI: �Gerlis Rodriguez — 28
Walks: �Gift Ngoepe — 21
Strikeouts : �Wesley Freeman – 59
And on the pitching side:
Wins: Jhonatan Ramos – 5 �
Losses: �Mitchell Fienemann – 6 �
Saves: Diomedes Garcia – 7
Innings: �Mitchell Fienemann — 40.1
Strikeouts: �Brent Klinger – 36
Walks: �also Klinger — 12
ERA: �well, be careful, because just looking at this number doesn’t tell the whole story.
Ramos had an ERA of 1.82 in 34.2 innings
Fienemann had an ERA of 3.79 in his 40.1 innings
Trent Stevenson �– ERA 1.20 in 15.0 innings
Diomedes Garcia — ERA 1.93 in 34.2 innings
Strikeout-to-walk ratios:
Ramos: �11.00
Fienemann: �8.67
Sandobal Septimo: �7.67
Melkin Laureano: �4.00
Klinger: 3.00
Garcia: �2.50
West Virginia Power 4, Hickory Crawdads 2

Three unanswered runs in the second half of the game helped the Power get past the Crawdads. �CF Starling Marte led the offense with two hits, a single and a triple. �He scored the first Power run in the 1st inning, when he was hit by a pitch, went to second base on a missed catch error on a pick-off attempt, and scored on C Tony Sanchez’s RBI double. �
The Crawdads came back to score 2 runs in the 3rd inning and take the lead. �Hunter Strickland gave up the runs on three singles and a walk. �Those were the only hits he allowed in his 5 innings; he struck out 6 batters. �
Marte was a one-man rally in the 5th inning, when he tripled and then scored on a throwing error by the Crawdads’ center fielder. �In the 7th inning, SS Adenson Chourio singled and stole second base, then went to third on another throwing error. �Marte singled, to score Chourio, and then he also stole second base, and went on to third on a passed ball, but was left there at the end of the inning. �The Power added one more run in the 8th, on a single by 1B Kyle Morgan, a double by RF Quincy Latimore, and a fielding error. �The Crawdads committed a total of 6 errors in the game. �
Duke Welker pitched one scoreless inning, then Casey Erickson pitched 2.2 scoreless innings. �Erickson left the game with two outs in the 9th inning, after he was hit by a line drive on his right (pitching) arm. �Noah Krol came on to get the last out,
and earn the save. �Erickson earned his 8th win. �
1B Kyle Morganwas named the South Atlantic League’s Player of the Week for last week. �Morgan went 10-for-21 (.476) over the week, with 3 doubles, 3 home runs, and 7 RBI. �
LHP Rudy Owens, who has since been promoted to Lynchburg, was named to the South Atlantic League’s Post-Season All Start Team, and named the league’s Most Outstanding Pitcher. �He had a 10-1 record and a 1.70 ERA in his 19 games with the Power.�
Erie Sea Wolves 4, �Altoona Curve 3
3B Pedro Alvarez and RF Jonel Pacheco each went 2-for-4 for the Curve, who could not catch up to the Sea Wolves. �Both Alvarez and Pacheco singled in the 1st inning, after CF Gorkys Hernandez’s lead-off single, and Pacheco picked up the RBI as Hernandez scored. �The Sea Wolves tied the score in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run, and then took the lead in the 2nd inning on another solo homer. �Starter Danny Moskos allowed only a single and a walk over the next 3 innings, but then got into trouble in the 6th inning. �Two singles�and a 2-RBI double gave Erie a 4-1 lead. Moskos pitched 6 innings and struck out 8 batters. �
The Curve responded with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 7th. �With one out, 1B Miles Durham and Steve Lerud both singled, with Durham going on to third base. �Durham scored on an RBI grounder by Gorkys Hernandez, and 2B Shelby Ford’s RBI double brought in Lerud. �

Dustin Molleken pitched the last 2 scoreless innings, and allowed only 2 walks. �
This was Pedro Alvarez’s last game with the Curve. �He leaves on Tuesday to join Team USA in North Carolina, to prepare for the upcoming World Cup tournament. �
Dustin Molleken will also be on his way soon, to join Team Canada, also gettting ready in North Carolina. �Former Curve manager Tim Leiper will be the third base coach for Team Canada. �
Batavia Muckdogs 8, �State College Spikes 7
Batavia scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie the score, and then get the walk-off win over the Spikes. �RF David Rubinstein led the Spikes’ offense with 3 hits, missing only a single from hitting the cycle. �
The Spikes got things started with 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning. �CF Evan Chambers walked and stole second base, and 1B Aaron Baker also walked. �DH Justin Byler’s grounder forced Baker out at second base, but moved Chamber to third. �David Rubinstein cleared the bases with a triple, bringing in two runs. �Rubinstein himself scored on a wild pitch. �
Batavia came roaring back with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning of starter Phillip Irwin. �Three singles, a walk, and a double brought in three runs before an out was recorded, and a sacrifice fly plated the fourth run. �That sent Irwin to the showers, and Brandon Holden came on to pitch. �Holden finished the inning with a pop out, then gave way to Nelson Pereira, who pitched 4 scoreless and hitless innings. Pereira walked 2 batters and struck out 9 — he got only 3 outs that were not strikeouts. �
The Spikes regained the lead with 3 more runs in the 5th inning, on back-to-back home runs by Justin Byler (his 5th, also bringing in Evan Chambers, who had walked) and David Rubinstein (his 3rd). �They also scored a run in the 6th, when LF Kyle Saukko walked, moved to third base on SS Brock Holt’s single, and scored on Chamber’s second single. �
Again Batavia came back, with a solo home run in the bottom of the 6th, and another run in the 8th, on a walk, a wild pitch, a missed catch error, a walk, and finally another walk to force in a run. �Those runs were charged to Zachary Foster, who allowed one run and struck out 4 batters in his 2.2 innings. �Marc Baca finished the 8th inning for Foster, but became the losing pitcher in the 9th, when he allowed the tying run to score on a double, a bunt, and his own throwing error. �Baca got one out, then gave up an intentional walk. �But the next batter singled, and the winning run scored.

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