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Prospect Watch: Clay Holmes Settles Down for Strong Outing; Cole Tucker Homers

Clay Holmes has struck out seven or more in four of his starts this season. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Prospect Watch: Clay Holmes Settles Down for Strong Outing; Cole Tucker Homers
John Dreker

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time (Trevor Williams, Alen Hanson, Jose Osuna), or loses his prospect eligibility, he will be removed from this list. Everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season, he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get more active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2017 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis1 for 7

2. Mitch Keller, RHP, BradentonDNP

3. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona1 for 5, 2B

4. Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton1 for 4, HR

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, BradentonDNP

6. Will Craig, 3B, Bradenton1 for 4, 2B

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, BradentonDNP

8. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

10. Steven Brault, LHP, IndianapolisDNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Extended Spring Training DNP

13. Max Kranick, RHP, Extended Spring TrainingDNP

14. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis 2 for 3

15. Edgar Santana, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

16. Luis Escobar, RHP, West VirginiaDNP

17. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

18. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, AltoonaDNP

19. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona3 for 4, 2B , HR

20. Tyler Eppler, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

21. Stephen Alemais, SS, West VirginiaDNP

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, AltoonaDNP

23. Travis MacGregor, RHP, Extended Spring TrainingDNP

24. Barrett Barnes, LF, Indianapolis0 for 2

25. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis1 for 6, 2B

26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis0 for 3

27. J.T. Brubaker, RHP, AltoonaDNP

28. Chris Bostick, INF/OF, Indianapolis1 for 6, 2B

29. Connor Joe, 3B, Altoona2 for 5, 2B

30. Pat Light, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

P2 Top Performers

Hits

Phil Gosselin
5 for 6
Kevin Kramer
3 for 4
Jason Rogers
3 for 7
Jacob Stallings
3 for 3
Elias Diaz
2 for 3

HR’s

Kevin Kramer
1
Hunter Owen
1
Cole Tucker
1

K’s

Clay Holmes
7
Jared Lakind
6
Buddy Borden
3
Brett McKinney
3
Cam Vieaux
3

Game Score

Clay Holmes
64
Cam Vieaux
60
Brett McKinney
56
Gage Hinsz
27
Alex McRae
2

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Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TOL 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
IND 3 0 0 3 0 0 x 6 10 0


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Bostick RF 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .371 .407 .561
Meadows CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .227 .287 .320
Moroff SS 3 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 .266 .378 .605
Wood 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .220 .322 .447
Díaz, E C 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .292 .306 .375
Rogers, J DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .273 .331 .422
Gosselin 2B 3 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .385 .419 .462
Terdoslavich 1B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .294 .367 .353
Barnes LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .143 .250 .143
Holmes, C P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sanchez, A P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Bostick (12, Vasquez, A); Moroff (6, Vasquez, A).
TB: Bostick 2; Rogers, J; Gosselin 3; Moroff 2; Díaz, E 2; Meadows; Terdoslavich.
RBI: Moroff 3 (29); Rogers, J (16); Gosselin (5); Meadows (18).
2-out RBI: Rogers, J; Gosselin; Moroff 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Terdoslavich; Wood.
SF: Moroff.
Team RISP: 4-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Moroff-Gosselin-Terdoslavich 2; Sanchez, A-Gosselin-Terdoslavich).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Holmes, C (W, 2-1) 6 5 1 1 3 7 0 3.08 10.42 3.55
Sanchez, A 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.05 11.37 4.26


Game Scores: Vasquez, A 33; Holmes, C 64.
WP: Holmes, C.
IBB: Bostick (by Vasquez, A).
Pitches-strikes: Vasquez, A 101-66; Ferrell 14-7; Holmes, C 99-55; Sanchez, A 14-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Vasquez, A 4-5; Ferrell 0-2; Holmes, C 7-1; Sanchez, A 1-1.
Batters faced: Vasquez, A 26; Ferrell 4; Holmes, C 24; Sanchez, A 3.
Umpires: HP: Ryan Clark. 1B: Scott Costello. 3B: Shane Livensparger.
Weather: 76 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, In from CF.
First pitch: 5:30 PM.
T: 2:02.
Venue: Victory Field.
May 19, 2017

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TOL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
IND 0 1 0 2 0 4 x 7 8 0


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Bostick LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .363 .403 .548
Meadows RF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .222 .286 .314
Moroff 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .260 .375 .591
Rogers, J 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .280 .336 .424
Weiss 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .220 .261 .317
Gosselin SS 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .405 .435 .500
Terdoslavich DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .286 .366 .343
Stallings C 3 2 3 2 0 0 2 0 0 .306 .370 .449
Perez, E CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .263 .293 .316
McKinney P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Schugel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Neverauskas P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Gosselin (4, Stumpf); Stallings 2 (4, Stumpf, Leon).
TB: Stallings 5; Rogers, J 2; Gosselin 3; Perez, E.
RBI: Stallings 2 (7); Perez, E 2 (6); Moroff (30); Rogers, J 2 (18).
2-out RBI: Stallings; Moroff; Rogers, J 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez, E; Weiss 2; Meadows.
Team RISP: 4-for-12.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Perez, E (3, 2nd base off Leon/Gonzalez, M).

FIELDING
DP: (Rogers, J-Gosselin-Rogers, J).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
McKinney 4 1 1 1 0 3 1 2.25 7.2 1.8
Schugel (W, 2-1) 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 5.57 9 3
Neverauskas 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.80 8.55 2.7


Alcantara pitched to 1 batter in the 3rd.

Game Scores: Alcantara 45; McKinney 56.
Pitches-strikes: Alcantara 38-21; Stumpf 35-20; Kensing 7-3; Rondon, B 11-9; Leon 27-12; Zagurski 9-7; McKinney 56-41; Schugel 24-16; Neverauskas 14-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Alcantara 5-0; Stumpf 1-2; Kensing 1-1; Rondon, B 0-1; Leon 1-0; Zagurski 0-0; McKinney 2-3; Schugel 2-2; Neverauskas 1-0.
Batters faced: Alcantara 10; Stumpf 7; Kensing 3; Rondon, B 3; Leon 7; Zagurski 2; McKinney 13; Schugel 6; Neverauskas 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Stumpf 1-0; Kensing 1-1; Zagurski 3-2.
Umpires: HP: Scott Costello. 1B: Shane Livensparger. 3B: Ryan Clark.
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, L to R.
First pitch: 8:03 PM.
T: 2:13.
Att: 9,947.
Venue: Victory Field.
May 19, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — He was struggling with his command, but a visit by the pitching coach seemed to turn things around.

And in a hurry.

Clay Holmes allowed one run on five hits over six innings, walking three and striking out seven in the Indians’ 6-1 win over Toledo in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday.

Not a bad finish considering how the beginning went.

Holmes did not have good command of his fastball in the first two innings, throwing just 18 of his 41 pitches for a strike. He fell behind 1-0 to seven of the first nine hitters he faced, allowing a lead-off single in the first two innings.

Four of the first five Toledo batters in the second inning reached base. Omar Infante and Logan Watkins led off the inning with singles, but Holmes erased some of that threat with a 6-4-3 double play.

But a walk and RBI single brought Indianapolis pitching coach Stan Kyles to the mound to visit Holmes. The message was simple: keep the ball down in the zone.

That message was received. Toledo lead-off hitter Alex Presley grounded out on the next pitch, a breaking pitch down in the zone.

Holmes cruised from that point, finishing with four efficient innings, throwing 37 of his 58 pitches for a strike.

Holmes’ strike percentage rose by about 20 percent over the final four innings. He seemed to rely on his fastball during the first two innings, but used more of his changeup and breaking pitches from that point.

“We challenged him to get to the bottom of the zone,” Indianapolis manager Andy Barkett said. “His fastball was kind of wavering and it looked like he was nibbling a little bit early and just couldn’t find a rhythm. Then he found the bottom of the zone and was real good after that.”

Holmes retired the side in the third inning on ten pitches, striking out Jason Krizan on a curveball. He worked around a lead-off walk in the fourth inning, with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout — all on breaking pitches. He struck out two batters — both on breaking pitches, and induced a groundout to retire the side in the fifth inning on 11 pitches.

Toledo’s Omar Infante doubled to left field with two outs, but Holmes struck out Watkins to end the inning and his outing.

“The timing wasn’t there early in the game and I was kind of searching for it,” Holmes said. “I was almost trying too hard and needed to let my arm work and let my arm catch up. It finally did and I got some command of pitches.”

Max Moroff had three RBI in the first game, two on an single and another on a sacrifice fly. Jason Rogers and Phil Gosselin added RBI singles, while Austin Meadows had an RBI groundout.

Gosselin went 3-for-3 in the first game, while Elias Diaz had a pair of hits. Christopher Bostick had a hit and scored two runs.

Indianapolis 7, Toledo 1 (Second Game)

Brett McKinney made his first start as a professional in the second game of the doubleheader and he made the most of the opportunity.

McKinney pitched well with the exception of one mistake, a solo home run given up to Efren Navarro in the first inning. That was the only hit McKinney allowed in four innings, and Toledo didn’t have another hit until a two-out infield single in the seventh inning of the Indians’ 7-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader.

McKinney started in high school and his first three years at Ohio State, but his professional career consisted of 160 relief appearances prior to Friday.

“I tried to treat it as much of a normal day as I could,” McKinney said. “I tried to treat it like I was coming in the fifth or sixth.”

McKinney is from nearby Cincinnati, which allows his family to make regular trips to see him pitch. But that usually comes with one caveat: there’s no guarantee that McKinney will pitch on any given day, depending on how a game plays out.

Recently his parents visited and were able to watch him pitch, but his in-laws visited for two games and never saw him throw.

McKinney was told prior to Thursday’s game in Columbus that there was a chance he could start the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. Once he found out he would indeed start, he made some calls to relatives. His parents and several other relatives were waiting to talk with him in the tunnel following the game.

“It’s unbelievable to have family come and see me, and support me,” McKinney said.

McKinney struck out three and didn’t walk anyone in four innings, throwing 41 of his 56 pitches. His ability to throw strikes allows that one mistake he made in the first inning to be a harmless solo home run, instead of a more damaging multi-run shot.

But that has been his story all season. McKinney has walked just four batters in 20 innings, with three of those coming in a 3-inning appearance one week ago.

“Just trying to pound the bottom of the strike zone,” McKinney said. “I was able to mix my fastball and cutter well. I kept them a little off balance with the curveball, but really I was just focused on staying down in the zone and letting them get themselves out early.”

Barkett was needing McKinney to provide what he did – a solid start that went several innings.

“He handled it well and gave us four really strong innings,” Barkett said. “He gave up a solo homer, but besides that he was excellent.”

Jacob Stallings went 3-for-3 with an RBI single and RBI double, while Jason Rogers and Phil Gosselin each had two hits. Eury Perez and Rogers each had two RBI, while Moroff walked with the bases loaded.

Doyvdas Neverauskas cruised through the seventh inning on 14 pitches, only allowing a softly hit infield single.

Gosselin has a ten-game hitting streak and is hitting .405.

Indianapolis has won 15 of its last 18 games and they are in first place in the International League West Division. – Brian Peloza

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Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
ESW 7 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 10 8 1
ALT 5 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 x 11 14 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Newman SS 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .256 .317 .346
Kramer 2B 4 3 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 .359 .448 .603
Joe 1B 5 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 .296 .397 .454
Espinal, E DH 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .323 .383 .508
Luplow LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .276 .353 .553
Mathisen 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .321 .414 .405
Suiter RF 4 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 .214 .281 .357
Williams, J C 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 .387 .500 .419
Reyes, Pab CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .254 .333 .342
McRae P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .222 .500
Lakind P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Borden P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Heredia P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
DuRapau P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Williams, J (1, Spomer); Newman (7, Spomer); Joe (5, Spomer); Suiter (2, Ravenelle); Kramer (14, Alaniz).
3B: Suiter (1, Alexander).
HR: Kramer (4, 2nd inning off Garrido, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Luplow; Williams, J 3; Mathisen 2; Kramer 7; Newman 2; Joe 3; Suiter 5; Reyes, Pab.
RBI: Mathisen (9); Suiter 2 (4); Williams, J 2 (4); Kramer (16); Newman (10); Joe 3 (18).
2-out RBI: Mathisen; Suiter 2; Williams, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Reyes, Pab 2; Luplow; Espinal, E.
Team RISP: 6-for-17.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: Mathisen (2, fielding).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
McRae 0.1 4 6 5 1 0 2 3.48 4.91 2.25
Lakind 3.2 1 1 1 1 6 0 6.98 10.89 4.74
Borden (W, 2-0) 2.1 0 2 2 3 3 0 0.87 9 5.85
Heredia (H, 2) 0.2 2 1 1 2 1 0 5.87 7.71 9
DuRapau (S, 8) 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.69 9.43 1.71


Game Scores: Alexander 22; McRae 2.
WP: Lakind.
IBB: Kramer (by Spomer).
Pitches-strikes: Alexander 34-21; Garrido 58-40; Spomer 20-16; Ravenelle 19-11; Alaniz 12-7; McRae 29-18; Lakind 45-30; Borden 53-29; Heredia 30-19; DuRapau 23-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Alexander 1-0; Garrido 9-1; Spomer 2-0; Ravenelle 1-2; Alaniz 1-1; McRae 2-0; Lakind 4-1; Borden 2-0; Heredia 1-0; DuRapau 2-1.
Batters faced: Alexander 7; Garrido 17; Spomer 8; Ravenelle 4; Alaniz 4; McRae 7; Lakind 14; Borden 10; Heredia 6; DuRapau 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Garrido 1-1; Heredia 2-2.
Umpires: HP: John Mang. 1B: Patrick Sharshel. 3B: Chris Scott.
Weather: 83 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
First pitch: 6:03 PM.
T: 3:11.
Att: 4,018.
Venue: Peoples Natural Gas Field.
May 19, 2017

Altoona, Pa. – On a crazy Friday night in Curve, PA, Altoona stormed back from being down 7-0 in the first inning to defeat Erie, 11-10.

51 minutes. 88 pitches. 21 plate appearances. 12 runs… All in the first inning.

Both starting pitchers were chased in the first, including the Curve’s most consistent starter this season in Alex McRae, while both teams batted around. Erie came out of the first on top, 7-5; however, the Curve tied it up at 7 in the third inning.

As for McRae, it was an unfortunate start for the righty, as he has gone at least seven innings in each of his last three outings. The game started with a seeing-eye infield single Harold Castro, followed by a grounder through Wyatt Mathisen’s legs for Jeff McVaney. After a walk to load the bases, Erie’s Christin Stewart hit a long grand slam to left center field. Stewart leads the Eastern League with 11 home runs, and he connected on McRae’s full count pitch. With his pitch count quickly rising, the Curve bullpen stirred; however, McRae allowed another two-run home run before being chased with only one out in the first.

Instead of record two quick outs to the first two batters, they both reached base and ended up scoring on the grand slam. It showed how quickly an inning can get out of control, even for a mature pitcher like McRae. He finished by throwing 29 pitches, 18 of them for strikes.

“I told him that it won’t be the last time that it happens,” Curve manager Michael Ryan said when asked what he told McRae after the outing. “This is a good learning experience for him. It could be that one pitch or one mistake he made that he can learn from. Now he knows what adjustments he can make to get out of the inning when that happens again.”

“One outing doesn’t reflect how good Alex McRae has been for us this season.”

After spotting Erie seven runs to begin the game, the Curve came roaring back in the bottom of the inning. Jerrick Suiter blasted a deep drive to the wall in right center field for a triple to score two runs, while four other players hit singles in the inning, scoring five runs. In the second, Kevin Kramer hit a bomb just right of straightaway center for his fourth home run of the season to bring the Curve back within one run. Finally, they manufactured another run in the third after lead-off singles by Jordan Luplow and Wyatt Mathisen to tie the game at 7.

“It was a great fight for our team,” Ryan said. “After those quick seven runs, it was our goal to just chip away inning by inning. The goal is to hold them there and score each inning. Confidence grew after we got a quick five.”

After those seven runs scored in the first, Curve pitchers Jared Lakind (who allowed one run before recording an out) and Buddy Borden combined to retire 16 straight batters before a two-out walk in the sixth. Lakind had one of his best outings in a while, going 3.2 innings, striking out six, and only allowing one hit. Borden went 2.1 innings without allowing a hit a striking out three, but he walked three batters.

For Lakind, it was really good for his manager to see him pitch well tonight after an extremely difficult stretch for the lefty.

“It was a great outing for him to move forward and get his confidence back,” Ryan said. “It’s tough to trust your stuff when these things are happening. As a pitcher, it might be an outing like this that can get you back on track. He learned a lot about himself today.”

With the game still tied at 7 in the sixth, Jackson Williams, Kevin Newman, and Connor Joe all doubled to score four runs in the inning, giving Altoona an 11-7 lead. In Joe’s case, it was a bases-clearing knock to the right center gap.

In the top of the seventh, Buddy Borden walked two players before leaving with one out. Luis Heredia allowed both inherited runners to score, as well as one more for three total runs in the inning, thanks to two hits and two walks.

With the Curve hanging on to a one run lead going into the eighth, Michael Ryan turned to Montana DuRapau to pick up the two-inning save. DuRapau struck out two batters to pick up his 30th career save for the Curve, which is a new franchise record.

Edwin Espinal was the only player to not record a hit tonight. Kevin Kramer bounced back after his 32 game on-base streak ending yesterday by going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, and a walk.

“Streaks like that are rare,” Kramer said, “but at the end of the day, I knew I was doing my job. I’m supposed to get on base. I was more disappointed that we lost as a team yesterday than a streak ending.” –Sean McCool

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Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BRA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
FTM 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 2 x 7 7 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Tucker SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .289 .370 .453
Ratledge RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .276 .371 .345
Craig 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267 .383 .390
Hill LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .276 .352 .571
Kelley C 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .327 .432 .427
George DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273 .397 .382
Tolman 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .220 .367 .315
Reyes, Al 3B 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .299 .344
Hughston CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .261 .329 .440
Hinsz P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Zamora P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
McGarry P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Craig (9, McIver); Kelley (8, McIver).
HR: Tucker (3, 4th inning off Thorpe, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Tucker 4; Kelley 2; Reyes, Al 2; Craig 2; Hill; George.
RBI: Tucker (23).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hughston; Hill; Reyes, Al; Craig.
GIDP: Tolman.
Team RISP: 0-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
PO: Reyes, Al (2nd base by Thorpe); Hughston (1st base by Navarreto).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Reyes, Al-Tolman-Craig; Reyes, Al-Craig).
Pickoffs: Kelley (Navarreto at 1st base).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Hinsz (L, 1-3) 4.1 5 5 5 4 0 1 6.68 4.22 3.66
Zamora 2.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.15 8.4 2.4
McGarry 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 1.47 8.5 2.5


Game Scores: Hinsz 27; Thorpe 54.
WP: Hinsz 3; McGarry.
HBP: Paul (by Hinsz); English (by McGarry).
Pitches-strikes: Hinsz 73-35; Zamora 32-23; McGarry 27-15; Thorpe 49-31; McIver 44-27; Muren 19-11; Anderson, N 16-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hinsz 7-4; Zamora 4-0; McGarry 0-1; Thorpe 4-1; McIver 0-3; Muren 5-0; Anderson, N 1-0.
Batters faced: Hinsz 23; Zamora 8; McGarry 6; Thorpe 13; McIver 11; Muren 6; Anderson, N 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Zamora 2-0; Muren 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tyler Jones. 1B: Jose Navas.
Weather: 91 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, R to L.
First pitch: 6:39 PM.
T: 2:35.
Att: 3,917.
Venue: CenturyLink Sports Complex.
May 19, 2017

Bradenton lost 7-1, as starter Gage Hinsz had some control issues, which led to five runs over 4.1 innings. This is  a start that Hinsz will want to forget due to his inability to throw strikes. He walked four batters, hit another and threw three wild pitches. Just 35 of his 73 pitches went for strikes.

Most of the damage came during the fifth inning. Through the first four frames, Hinsz gave up just one run, and even retired eight batters in a row at one point. Things fell apart in the fifth when he allowed two walks, two singles and a homer, while also throw two wild pitches.

Hinsz hasn’t looked good since missing a start in early May due to shoulder soreness. He allowed four runs over four innings in his last start, and has just one strikeout in 8.1 innings over his last two games. It’s possible he isn’t 100%, because he had two terrific starts right before the injury, allowing two runs over 13 total innings in those outings.

Cole Tucker set a career-high with his third homer of the season. It was his only hit of the game and accounted for the only Bradenton run. He now has an eight-game hit streak and a 26-game on base streak. Will Craig added his ninth double of the season and Christian Kelley continued his impressive hitting with his eighth double. The Marauders went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and they had two runners picked off.

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Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
WVA 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0
COL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Moore LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .315 .384 .425
Valerio SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .050 .136 .100
Owen 3B 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 .293 .406 .500
Baur 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .273 .347 .409
Arbet 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .288 .346 .536
Munoz, C DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .262 .381 .410
Eagan RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .348 .420
Harvey C 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .208 .276 .302
Bastardo CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .265 .322 .398
Vieaux P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Frawley P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Hartlieb P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
3B: Harvey (1, Taylor, B).
HR: Owen (4, 1st inning off Taylor, B, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Owen 5; Bastardo; Harvey 3; Arbet.
RBI: Owen 2 (17).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Munoz, C 2; Valerio 2.
GIDP: Arbet.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bastardo (7, 2nd base off Taylor, B/Brosher).

FIELDING
DP: (Owen-Arbet-Baur).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Vieaux (W, 2-0) 5.2 6 1 1 1 3 0 1.38 4.85 1.85
Frawley (H, 3) 1.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 2.01 8.59 1.64
Hartlieb (S, 3) 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.37 6.63 2.37


Game Scores: Vieaux 60; Taylor, B 52.
WP: Taylor, B.
HBP: Harvey (by Taylor, B); Owen (by Taylor, B).
Pitches-strikes: Vieaux 85-62; Frawley 18-10; Hartlieb 20-15; Taylor, B 97-63; Henry 26-16; Blackham 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Vieaux 8-3; Frawley 0-0; Hartlieb 2-3; Taylor, B 8-2; Henry 3-1; Blackham 1-0.
Batters faced: Vieaux 23; Frawley 5; Hartlieb 6; Taylor, B 29; Henry 6; Blackham 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Frawley 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Sam Burch. 1B: Zach Neff.
Weather: 90 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
First pitch: 7:05 PM.
T: 2:23.
Att: 6,569.
Venue: Spirit Communications Park.
May 19, 2017

West Virginia won 3-1 over Columbia, as Cam Vieaux returned from the disabled list to out-duel Blake Taylor, who was the second round pick of the Pirates in 2013. Vieaux missed a start due to tightness in his pitching arm, but that didn’t stop him from picking up right where he left off before the injury. He went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on six hits and one walk. He had three strikeouts and an 8:3 GO/AO ratio, which is well above his normal rate of grounders. Vieaux has not allowed more than one run in a start this season. Taylor was sent to the New York Mets in the Ike Davis deal and has missed significant time with injury. He allowed all three runs to the Power.

Matt Frawley and Geoff Hartlieb continued their impressive relief work on this night. Frawley has a 2.01 ERA after 1.1 scoreless. Hartlieb has a 1.37 ERA after two scoreless frames.

The Power scored their three runs on just one hit. Hunter Owen hit a two-run homer in the first inning after Adrian Valerio walked. Owen then scored in the third inning on a hit-by-pitch, two wild pitches and an error, all coming with two outs. They added four hits later in the game, but only a triple by Chris Harvey was hit well. The others were a pop up, a bunt single and an infield hit to third base. Valerio is 1-for-20 since returning from his broken hand suffered during Spring Training. He will likely see regular time at shortstop with Stephen Alemais placed on the disabled list on Friday.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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