West Virginia Black Bears series wrap-up v. Cyclones
The Pittsburgh Pirates Short Season-A affiliate, the West Virginia Black Bears, wrapped up their fifth home series of the season Thursday night. The Black Bears hosted the Brooklyn Cyclones in a three-game. The Cyclones are an affiliate of the New York Mets. The Black Bears entered the series with a record of 14-16, while the Cyclones came into the series with 18-11 record. The Black Bears enter the series winners of three straight.
Game three on Thursday resulted in an 5-3 win for the Black Bears. Bret Helton made the start and gave up two runs on five hits in five innings. He also struck out three. Nick Hibbing picked up the win while pitching three innings in relieve and allowed just one run on two hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Julio Eusebio pitched one inning and picked up the save. On Offense Logan Hill, Kevin Kramer and Maximo Rivera each had two hits. Ty Moore, Albert Baur, Daniel Arribas and Christian Kelley each had a hit. Moore, Baur, Arribas and Rivera each had an RBI in the game.
Game two on Wednesday resulted in an 8-1 win for the Black Bears. Dario Agrazal picked up his fourth win of the season while throwing five innings and allowing just one run on five hits and striking out six. Cesilio Pimentel, Daniel Zamora, and Sean Keselica combined for four innings of work and allowed just one hit. The Black Bears were led by Ty Moore on offense with three hits and an RBI. Christian Kelley added two hits and an RBI. Mitchell Tolman, Casey Hughston, Logan Hill and Kevin Kramer each added a hit. Hill had two RBIs while Kramer, Moore and Kelley each added an RBI on the night.
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Game three on Thursday resulted in an 8-3 win for the Black Bears. Juan Paula picked up his second win of the season while throwing five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out four. Edgar Santana pitched three innings and allowed just one hit. John Holdzkom, on a rehab assignment from the Indianapolis Indians, pitched a the ninth and had a strike out. On offense, Alexis Bastardo led the way with two hits and four RBIs. Kevin Newman added a double and triple. Logan Hill, Daniel Arribas, Maximo Rivera, Chris Harvey and Erik Forgione each added a hit.
The Black Bears will look to extend their six game winning streak as they 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. After the off day on Monday, the Black Bears will hit the road for a three game series with the Tri-City ValleyCats. The ValleyCats hail from the Stedler division of the New York Penn League and are an affiliate of the Houston Astros.
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