Pirates minor league report: Sept. 6, 2017
Minor league report
INDIANAPOLIS (Triple-A, 0-1) lost to Durham (Rays), 10-3, in Game 1 of the five-game series. Indianapolis recorded only four hits in the game with losing pitching Clay Holmes (10-5, 3.36 ERA) pitching four innings giving up six runs (all earned) on seven hits and four walks, striking out three. Four pitchers from the bullpen each pitched an inning to close out the loss. LF Anderson Feliz (.230) was the lone bright spot with a two-out solo home run in the third inning.
Next: Thursday at Durham (Rays), 6:35 p.m.
ALTOONA (Double-A, 0-0) game at Bowie (Orioles) was postponed due to rain. Right-handed SP Mitch Keller (2-2, 3.12 ERA) is scheduled to get the start for the Curve in Thursday’s series opener.
Next: Thursday at Bowie (Orioles), 7:05 p.m.
BRADENTON (High-A, 70-62) season is over.
WEST VIRGINIA (Low-A, 69-67) season is over.
WEST VIRGINIA (Short Season-A, 40-35) lost 7-5 against Mahoning Valley. The Black Bears pulled ahead 5-2 in a three-run seventh inning but allowed five runs in the bottom of the eighth. SS Brett Pope went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, and DH Kevin Kramer added a run and an RBI on his own 2 for 4 performance. Beau Sulser (2-4, 5.31) got the loss after going 1 1⁄3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) and striking out two. Next: Thursday at Mahoning Valley (Indians), 7:05 p.m.
WASHINGTON (Frontier League, 1-1) defeated Florence, 10-9, in Game 2 of the five-game playoff series. It was another close one after Washington lost Game 1 at home 5-3 in 11 innings Tuesday night. Washington held on, leading 7-0 after two innings before Florence plodded a steady comeback. Florence almost tyied the score in the eighth inning, when a two-out ball hit to Bralen Jackson in right field initially was called a hit. But first base umpire Chris Viverito overturned the call, saying it was a clean catch. There is no instant replay in the Frontier League, but a conference of the umpires confirmed the call. Davis Adkins (5-1, 3.37 ERA) started the eighth inning before being replaced by Zach Strecker (5-5, 2.33) for the final out. Strecker walked the leadoff man in the ninth though, forcing manager Gregg Langbehn to put in Jake Eaton (1-0, 2.21 ERA), who earned the save. Jackson also made the last out of the game, catching a ball at the warning track to deny what would have been a walk-off home run. Jackson — who ended the regular season second in RBIs with 76 and fourth in home runs with 16 — went 2 for 5 with a double and drove in one run. Chase Cunningham (10-3, 3.45 ERA) started the game and earned the win going five innings, giving up five runs (all earned) on five hits, striking out four and walking one. Leadoff outfielder James Harris had a home run in the bottom of the first, finishing 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
Next: Friday at Florence, 7:05 p.m.