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Starting Pitcher: Max Kranick 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Tucupita Marcano 0-4
Hoy Park 0-2, 2 BB
Cole Tucker 0-3, BB
Jared Oliva 0-3, BB
Max Kranick continued scuffling in AAA as Indianapolis (45-53) lost to Louisville, 5-1. Kranick got knocked out in the fifth, having allowed four runs, three earned. He only gave up four hits, but walked three. Sam Howard made what could be his last rehab appearance, giving up one hit in a scoreless inning. The Indians’ offense also continued to struggle, getting only five hits, all singles. Tucupita Marcano went 0-for-4 and is batting 183/296/258 in 24 games since the Pirates acquired him. Fabricio Macias struck out as a pinch hitter; he’s had only 11 ABs in the last 18 days.
Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Matt Fraizer 1-4, 2B
Oneil Cruz 0-3
Rodolfo Castro 0-3, BB
Mason Martin 0-2, HBP
Diego Castillo 1-3
Cal Mitchell 1-3
Jack Suwinski 1-3
Ji-Hwan Bae 3-3
Altoona (52-45) got a terrific start from Osvaldo Bido and blanked Richmond, 3-0. Bido went seven innings on just 76 pitches, giving up just two hits and a walk. Cam Alldred and Cristofer Melendez each threw an inning to finish out the shutout. The Curve got their runs on RBI singles by Ji-Hwan Bae and Jack Suwinski, and a double by Matt Fraizer. Bae played center and had three hits in the game. Altoona ran themselves out of some scoring chances by getting three runners caught stealing.
Starting Pitcher: Domingo Gonzalez 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Liover Peguero 0-4
Yoyner Fajardo 1-3, BB
Blake Sabol 0-4
Greensboro (61-38) lost to Asheville, 4-2. Domingo Gonzalez got off to a rough start, giving up two runs in each of the first two innings. Gonzalez hung on to go five without allowing any more runs. Bear Bellomy and Michell Miliano threw two and one scoreless innings respectively, but the Grasshoppers weren’t able to come back. The Hoppers went with a Sunday lineup, resting Nick Gonzales and Jared Triolo, and of course Henry Davis is out. They had only five hits, with a double by Matt Gorski the only extra-base hit. The Hoppers had a chance in the eighth, but left the bases loaded. Yoyner Fajardo, who seems to be hitting his way into regular playing time, went 1-for-3, lowering his Greensboro average to .353.
Starting Pitcher: Adrian Florencio 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
Jackson Glenn 1-4, BB
Abrahan Gutierrez 0-3, 2 BB
Dariel Lopez 0-3, BB
Endy Rodriguez 1-3, BB
Maikol Escotto 0-4
Hudson Head 1-4
Bradenton (59-37) lost to Fort Myers, 4-2, in a festival of flailing. The two teams combined for 29 strikeouts, 14 of them by the Marauders’ hitters. Adrian Florencio had one of the stranger pitching lines of the year. He fanned ten over three and two-thirds, but also had one of his weakest outings, giving up four runs. Wandi Montout and Nick Dombkowski finished with four and a third scoreless innings, although Montout let one of Florencio’s runners score. Bradenton had only four hits, all singles.
FCL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Braylon Bishop 1-4, SB
Juan Jerez 3-5, HR (4)
Solomon Maguire 0-5
Lonnie White, Jr. 1-3
Bubba Chandler 0-3, 2 BB
Wyatt Hendrie 1-4, HR (1)
Christopher Cruz 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Christian Charle 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
The Black team (15-17) beat the Twins, 6-3. Carlos Jimenez continued to pitch well, allowing a run over three innings and striking out five. On the season he has a 1.01 WHIP, with 41 Ks in 32.2 innings. Christopher Cruz added two scoreless innings and Christian Charle two and a third. Juan Jerez continued to hit, belting his fourth home run of the year, along with two singles. His OPS is now .900. Rayber Romero also had three hits, including a double. Several draftees played a role. Wyatt Hendrie hit his first pro home run. Braylon Bishop had a single and stole his first base. Lonnie White, Jr., was 1-for-3 and Bubba Chandler 0-for-3 with two walks.
FCL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez 2 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Mike Jarvis 1-5, SB
Tsung-Che Cheng 1-3, BB, 2 SB
Rodolfo Nolasco 2-2, 2 2B, 2 BB
Luke Brown 1-4
Geovanny Planchart 2-4, 2B
The Gold team (21-11) beat the Red Sox, 7-3. Valentin Linarez had a shaky start. He didn’t allow any hits, but walked three straight in the first. He got out of that with only one run scored. Alessandro Ercolani went two innings and gave up just the second run he’s allowed in six games. Arlinthon De Dios threw two scoreless innings and Darvin Garcia struck out the side in the ninth. Rodolfo Nolasco led the way at the plate with two doubles, two walks and three RBIs. Tsung-Che Cheng had a single, walk, two steals and three runs scored. Geovanny Planchart had a single and a double. Nolasco has quietly improved his numbers to 265/390/418. Planchart has been less quiet, batting 339/419/500. From this year’s draft, Mike Jarvis was 1-for-5 and Luke Brown went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
DSL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: Joaquin Tejada 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Shalin Polanco 1-3, BB
Ewry Espinal 0-4
Darlin Diaz 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
The Black team (17-12) beat the Indians Red, 3-1. Joaquin Tejada allowed just an unearned run over three innings and fanned five. Luis C. Gonzalez and Darlin Diaz each threw three scoreless innings in relief. The Pirates got all their runs in the fifth on a two-run single by Javier Rivas and an RBI single by Shalin Polanco. They could have had more, but Heiron Montalban got picked off second after a leadoff double.
DSL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Luigi Hernandez 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Gustavo Armas 1-3, 2 BB
Jeral Toledo 0-3, 2 BB, SB
Jauri Custodio 1-4
Patricio Ress 2.2 IP, 4 K
The Gold team (9-20) beat the Orioles2, 6-1. Luigi Hernandez had a good start apart from some control issues, giving up a run in three and a third innings. Patricio Ress faced nine batters in relief and retired eight, with one reaching on an error. He fanned four. Eudys Carrasco had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in two. Gustavo Armas reached base three times, on a single and two walks. Jeral Toledo walked twice and scored twice.
Having followed the Pirates fanatically since 1965, Wilbur Miller is one of the fast-dwindling number of fans who’ve actually seen good Pirate teams. He’s even seen Hall-of-Fame Pirates who didn’t get traded mid-career, if you can imagine such a thing. His first in-person game was a 5-4, 11-inning win at Forbes Field over Milwaukee (no, not that one). He’s been writing about the Pirates at various locations online for over 20 years. It has its frustrations, but it’s certainly more cathartic than writing legal stuff. Wilbur is retired and now lives in Bradenton with his wife and three temperamental cats.