The Pittsburgh Pirates Short Season-A affiliate, the West Virginia Black Bears, wrapped up their second home series of the season Tuesday night. The visiting Hudson Valley Renegades hail from the McNamara Division of the New York Penn League. The Black Bears and Renegades both came into the series with 4-4 records.
Game one resulted in an 11-5 loss for the Black Bears. Logan Hill lead the way with a home run and two RBIs. Ty Moore and Casey Hughston each had a triple in the game. JT Brubaker lasted four innings and gave up four runs. The story of the night was Hector Montes for the Renegades. He had two home runs and seven RBI’s.
Game two resulted in a 7-1 loss for the Black Bears. The biggest positive on offense for the Black Bears was a Chris Harvey triple. The biggest positive defensively was the performance of catcher Deybi Garcia. He gunned down four of five stolen base attempts. The bright spot offensively once again for the Renegades was Hector Montes who homered and had three RBIs. After the game, Coach Wyatt Toregas had some interesting comments regarding the mindset of the team:
Coach Toregas closes with some comments that everyone needs to keep in mind about these young players on the Black Bears.
The Black Bears picked things up in the final game of the series. The team scattered ten hits on the way to a 6-4 victory on their home field, Monongalia County Ballpark. Kramer, Newman, and Hill combined for six hits. Ty Moore’s bat stayed hot while he raised his average to .361 after a three-hit night. Pitcher Eric Dorsch threw two innings and collected the win. Julio Eusebio pitched the ninth to earn the save. The Black Bears pitching staff also managed to shut down Hector Montes on this night. He finished the night with a walk and a strikeout in four plate appearances.
The 5-6 Black Bears head to State College to start a three-game series with the 4-7 Spikes Wednesday night. This series will be followed by a return home on Saturday, July 4th for a three-game series with the Batavia Muckdogs.