A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors and loses his prospect eligibility, he will be removed. 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 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2016 mid-season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Delete the video, shred the box score and put this game as far out of your memory as you can.
Nothing went right for the Indians in a 10-4 loss to Norfolk.
Kyle Lobstein, who had been consistently solid this season, got drilled. He gave up five runs in the first inning and had by far his worst outing of the season with Indianapolis.
And that was more than enough offense for the Tides in this game as the Indians’ offense continues to struggle, even though it did score four runs in the seventh inning. But at that point the they trailed 9-0. Indianapolis had just two hits through the first six innings, and they entered Saturday averaging just 1.9 runs over their previous 11 games.
But, not all bad news came out of Indianapolis. Chad Kuhl is expected to return to the starting rotation for the series opener at Columbus on Monday.
And that’s where most of the positives end.
Lobstein’s outing started innocuously enough, inducing a pair of groundouts. Shortstop Gift Ngoepe made nice plays on both grounders, ranging to each side for them.
But from that point, with two outs, everything fell apart. Norfolk first basean Trey Mancini walked on four pitches, and that was followed by two singles which led to a run scoring. Then the gut shot: Michael Almanzar hit a three-run home run to deep centerfield. Add in another double and a single and the Tides put up five runs in the first inning.
Lobstein entered the game with a 1.38 earned run average in 33 innings, in a mix of relief and starting roles. After the first inning on Saturday, his earned run average jumped to 2.65.
“Everything was elevated and everything was over the plate,” Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor said. “In the first inning we have a two-out walk and that will come back to haunt you. He just wasn’t able to make a pitch in that first inning to get that third out.”
He did not allow a run in the second, third, or fourth innings, working around one hit in each of those frames. But two doubles and two walks in the fifth inning led to three more Norfolk runs and the end of Lobstein’s outing.
“He pitched better and mixed a little bit better in that second, third, and fourth innings,” Treanor said. “But still, he was not the guy we’re used to tonight.”
Lobstein allowed eight earned runs and 10 hits in 4.2 innings. He walked four batters and struck out three, throwing just 54 of his 92 pitches for a strike.
Alen Hanson reached on a bunt single in the fourth inning, the first hit for the Indians. However, one pitch later Jose Osuna hit into an inning-ending double play.
But Osuna had some offensive highlights with, well, you can probably guess: an extra-base hit. He had an RBI double down the rightfield line for the Indians’ first run of the game in the seventh inning. His hitting streak reaches 14 games and is now the longest of the season for Indianapolis, eclipsing the 13-game streak Adam Frazier had in May.
Playing in left field, Osuna had a mixed bag of results. In the first inning Osuna seemed to slow down as he approached a ball that landed just inside the foul line and resulted in a double.
In the eighth inning Osuna was running back on a flyball hit by Dariel Alvarez and seemed to misjudge the ball which led to a double. But the next Norfolk batter singled to leftfield and Osuna threw out Alvarez trying to score on the play.
“He has his challenges,” Treanor said. “And we had him out early like we’ve had [Josh] Bell. And we’ll continue to work him in the outfield. The offense can make up for some of that. I think that’s how you kind of have to look at the picture with him.”
The Indians scored four runs in the seventh inning. Jason Rogers added a two-run double and Danny Ortiz had an RBI single after Osuna’s RBI single.
But overall, the Indians’ lineup has too many holes in consistency. Four players in Saturday’s starting lineup are hitting below .200 over the past 11 games, including Alen Hanson [.178], Willy Garcia [.166], Danny Ortiz [.129], and Gift Ngoepe [.063].
Rogers entered the game hitting .188 in his last 10 games, but went 3-for-4. Hanson was 2-for-3, which helped mitigate the slump he has been in lately.
Willy Garcia outfield assist in sixth inning, his 12th of the season which leads IL outright. – Brian Peloza
Altoona was postponed. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.
Bradenton won 12-6 on Saturday, as everyone in the lineup collected at least one hit. Cole Tucker led the way with three singles and drove in three runs. He also reached base on a walk. Tito Polo, Jerrick Suiter, Elvis Escobar and Chase Simpson each had two hits. Simpson connected on his seventh home run, a three-run shot in the first inning. He also walked twice and scored three runs. Suiter drove in a pair and scored twice. Escobar had a big day, knocking in three runs, scoring twice, and picking up his 17th double. Both Kevin Kramer and Connor Joe hit their 21st doubles. Kramer scored twice and walked twice.
Austin Coley won his 11th game despite a rough outing. He gave up five runs (four earned) in six innings, surrendering two home runs. Coley threw strikes in this game, with no walks, five strikeouts, and 62 of his 88 pitches going for strikes. Tanner Anderson pitched the final three innings for his first save with Bradenton.
West Virginia lost 6-0 on Saturday night to Delmarva. Bret Helton began his day with four shutout innings, retiring the first nine batters he faced before a fourth inning double. In the fifth and sixth innings, everything fell apart. He allowed three runs in each inning, surrendering a total of five hits, four walks and a hit batter. Sean Keselica followed him with three shutout innings, but Delmarva pitchers were just as good the entire game.
The Power had five hits in the game and three walks. They hit into two double plays and had a caught stealing, so three of the runners were quickly erased. They went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left six runners stranded on base. Danny Arribas had two singles and a walk. Logan Ratledge hit a double, walked, and stole his 21st base. Jordan George and Christian Kelley each collected singles. Casey Hughston had a walk, two strikeouts and an outfield assist.
Morgantown lost on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth, dropping a 3-2 decision to Auburn. Austin Meadows made his second rehab start and played seven innings tonight after five innings yesterday. He grounded out his first at-bat, popped up to shortstop his next time up and then finished his day at the plate with a line drive single to left field in the sixth inning.
Will Craig had two hits in this game, including his tenth double. He now had a .734 OPS. Erik Forgione and Clark Eagan each had two hits. Eagan and Craig drove in the runs.
Stephan Meyer made his ninth start and he has pitched better lately after a 7.89 ERA through his first seven starts. He followed up five shutout innings with two runs over six innings tonight. Both runs in this game scored on a two-run homer from the second batter of the game. Meyer allowed just one hit over the last five innings of the game.
Bristol lost 6-3 on Saturday night, as Matt Eckelman had a tough fifth inning that cost the Pirates the game. Eckelman threw four shutout innings to start the day, and the offense gave him a 3-0 lead to work with in the fifth inning. That lead didn’t last long though, as he allowed four runs and picked up just one out before being removed. Eckelman has pitched well since the Pirates drafted him in the 21st round this year. He had a 2.45 ERA and an 0.86 WHIP coming into this game.
The Pirates got their three runs off the bat of Huascar Fuentes. In the third inning, Garrett Brown walked, then stole second base. Fuentes would single him home with the first run of the game. In the fifth inning, Brown reached on an error, then scored on the second homer of the season from Fuentes. Jhoan Herrera had a single and two walks.
The GCL Pirates lost 3-2 in a rain-shortened game on Saturday morning. Max Kranick pitched his fourth game and allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk. Kranick didn’t have any strikeouts and gave up more fly balls than grounders. This was the longest pro outing for the over-slot 11th round pick, who topped out at three innings last time out. He will eventually reach five innings and be capped there, with at least one more four inning outing first.
Justin Topa, Mister Luciano and Julian Villamar followed Kranick with one scoreless inning each, in the game that was halted after seven innings.
Mikell Granberry had two hits, a walk and a run scored, which followed up a three-hit game on Friday. Granberry said afterwards that he thought he had three hits in this game (no scoreboard in the GCL) and the first ball he hit was the best hit, going right down the line and a very difficult play for the third baseman, but it was ruled an error. Victor Ngoepe and Paul Brands each hit their third doubles of the season. Brands also added a single and scored a run.
The DSL Pirates won 3-2 on Saturday morning, moving them to 17-31 on the season with 24 games left. Starter Adonis Pichardo allowed one run over five innings, giving up two hits and three walks. He had just two strikeouts, but he compiled a 9:1 GO/AO ratio. Randy Jimenez came in during the sixth and walked the bases loaded with two outs, before giving way to Oliver Garcia, who stranded all three runners. Garcia pitched two more innings and ended up with the win, while Jose Delgado pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
After the Mets1 scored a run in the top of the first, the Pirates came back with a run. Kevin Sanchez led off with a single. He moved to second on a sacrifice, third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
In the fifth, the Pirates took the lead. Cristopher Perez started the inning with a single, then moved to third base on a single by Ramy Perez. A sacrifice fly from Carlos Garcia would bring home that second run.
After the Mets1 tied it up in the seventh, the Pirates brought home the winning run in the eighth on three consecutive walks and an infield single from Rudy Guzman, with Kevin Sanchez scoring his second run of the game.