The Pittsburgh Pirates Short Season-A affiliate, the West Virginia Black Bears, wrapped up their sixth road series of the season Monday afternoon. The Black Bears played a four-game series in Auburn against the Doubledays. The Doubledays are an affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The Black Bears entered the series with a record of 11-15, while the Doubledays came into the series with 11-14 record.
Game one of Saturday’s double header resulted in a 6-4 loss for the Black Bears. Cesilio Pimentel was the starting pitcher for the Black Bears. He only lasted 0.1 innings and gave up six runs on three hits and walked two. Jonathan Minier and Daniel Zamora pitched the rest of the game and did not allow a run. The Black Bears’ offense was led by Mitchell Tolman who had two hits. Kevin Kramer, Kevin Newman, Daniel Arribas, Christian Kelley, and Casey Hughston each added a hit. Newman, Kelley, Hughston, and Ty Moore each had an RBI in the game.
As for the Doubledays, starting pitcher Erick Fedde picked up his second win while going five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out seven. Tommy Peterson picked up his second save of the season while pitching two innings and allowing one hit, one run, and one strike out. Rafael Bautista had two hits in the game. Edwin Lora, Rhett Wiseman, Kelvin Gutierrez,, Randy Encarnacion, Jorge Tillero, and Jake Jefferies each added a hit.
Game two of Saturday’s double header resulted in a 3-1 win for the Black Bears. Black Bears’ starting pitcher Juan Paula picked up his first win while going 5.2 innings and allowing one run on six hits. He also struck out five. Sean Keselica picked up his second save while going 1.1 innings and allowing no hits or runs and striking out four. Ty Moore led the way with two hits and an RBI. Kevin Newman, Kevin Kramer, Logan Hill, Maximo Rivera, and Erik Forgione each added a hit. Kramer and Rivera each picked up an RBI.
As for the Doubledays, starting pitcher Matthew Crownover picked up his fourth loss while going five innings and allowing two runs on five hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. David Kerian led the way with three hits and the lone RBI. Melvin Rodriguez and Rhett Wiseman each added two hits as the rest of the team had a quiet night on offense.
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Game three on Sunday resulted in an 8-5 win for the Black Bears. Starting pitcher Seth McGarry picked up his first win of the season while going five innings and allowing four runs on six hits, walking two and striking out out four. Andy Otamendi picked up the save while pitching four innings and allowing just one run on three hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Logan Hill led the way at the plate with three hits and two RBIs. Albert Baur added two hits and two RBIs as well. Mitchel Tolman, Christian Kelley, Ryan Nagle, Ty Moore, Kevin Newman, and Kevin Kramer each added a hit. Tolman and Baur each picked up two RBIs.
Doubledays’ starting pitcher Mariano Rivera picked up his first loss of the season while going just three innings and allowing seven runs on nine hits. Victor Robles led the offense with three hits and two RBIs. Edwin Lora added a double and two RBIs. Rhett Wiseman had two hits including a solo home run. Max Schrock, Jakson Reetz, and Randy Encarnacion each added a hit.
Game four resulted in a 4-3 win for the Black Bears. Black Bears’ starting pitcher JT Brubaker picked up his second win while going five innings and allowing just two hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. Jerry Mulderig pitched two innings and allowed just two hits and struck out two. Edgar Santana pitched the final two innings and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk. Deybi Garcia and Maximo Rivera led the way with two hits. Albert Baur had a double and two RBIs. Kevin Newman had a hit and an RBI and extended his hitting streak to eight games. Logan Hill and Ty Moore each added a hit.
As for the Doubledays, starting pitcher Taylor Hearn picked up the loss while going 4.1 innings and allowing two runs on five hits and one walk and struck out four. Cody Gunter went 2.2 innings and allowed two runs on two hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. The offense was led by Rafael Bautista and Rhett Wiseman with two hits each. Max Schrock, Ian Sagdal, Dalton Dulin, Jorge Tillero, and Randy Encarnacion each had a hit.
The Black Bears will return home for a three-game series with the Brooklyn Cyclones starting on Tuesday. The Brooklyn Cyclones hail from the McNamara division of the New York Penn League and are an affiliate of the New York Mets. The Black Bears remain home for a three-game weekend series with the Staten Island Yankees starting on Friday. The Staten Island Yankees hail from the McNamara division of the New York Penn League and are an affiliate of the New York Yankees.
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