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Four pitchers from Greensboro — Carmen Mlodzinski, Grant Ford, Austin Roberts and Bear Bellomy — are joining Indianapolis to give the Indians some pitching depth over the season’s last few days.
Starting Pitcher: Beau Sulser 3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Oneil Cruz 1-2, HR (5), 3 BB
Rodolfo Castro 0-4, BB
Jared Oliva 1-4, 2B
Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-4
Diego Castillo 0-3
Yerry De Los Santos 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Indianapolis (60-66) lost to Nashville, 8-3. Beau Sulser has been taking one for the team pretty much the whole month of September, as he seems to be wearing down. He gave up five runs over three innings in this one, leaving him with a 9.55 ERA for the month. Grant Ford, just up from Greensboro, made his AAA debut and recorded only two outs, giving up three runs. Yerry De Los Santos threw two scoreless innings, fanning three. Christian Bethancourt pitched the ninth. Indy managed to get a little offense after the early, 8-0 deficit. Mainly it came on a two-run, 116-mph EV bomb from Oneil Cruz, his fifth in six games in AAA. Reliever Cam Alldred got his first pro hit in his second pro AB, just before the bomb. Hunter Owen had two hits.
DSL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: Antwone Kelly 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Shalin Polanco 1-3
Enmanuel Terrero 1-3
The Black team (33-22) lost to the Dodgers Shoemaker, 5-4. Starter Antwone Kelly gave up three runs over three and a third innings. He left with a 4-3 lead, but Luis C. Gonzalez gave up two runs over the last two and two-thirds. The Pirates had only four hits, all singles, but had help from four errors.
DSL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Patricio Ress 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Jeral Toledo 1-3
Gustavo Armas 1-3
Jauri Custodio 1-3
The Gold team (19-36) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh and beat Colorado, 4-3, on a walkoff single by Juan Machado. Patricio Ress started and gave up all of the runs, two of them unearned, over four and a third innings. The Pirates had seven hits, all singles. They got a run in the first on a two-out single by Eybert Escalona. In the seventh, trailing 3-1, the Pirates loaded the bases with nobody out. The next two hitters struck out, but pinch hitter Miguel Sosa singled to tie the game, then Machado won the game with an infield hit.
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.