West Virginia Black Bears series wrap-up v. Scrappers

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The Pittsburgh Pirates Short Season-A affiliate, the West Virginia Black Bears, wrapped up their twelfth home series of the season Saturday night. The Black Bears hosted the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The Scrappers are an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Black Bears entered the series with a record of 34-30, while the Scrappers came into the series with an 28-34 record.

Game 1

Game one on Thursday resulted in a 7-2 win for the Black Bears. The Black Bears bats were hot early. In the top of the first, Christian Kelley and Ty Moore singled followed by walks to Daniel Arribas and Ryan Nagle which scored Kelley. Ke’Bryan Hayes would reach on a fielder’s choice that scored Ty Moore. Albert Baur would then walk to load the bases for Casey Hughston. Hughston singled scoring Arribas and Hayes to give the Black Bears an early 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, Mitchell Tolman tripled to start the inning then scored on Christian Kelley’s ground out. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Daniel Arribas would lead off with a double and then later score on a Ke’Bryan Hayes sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the sixth, Casey Hughston would walk to lead off the inning, then score on a Mitchell Tolman double to give the Black Bears a commanding 7-0 lead. In the top of the ninth, the Scrappers would add two runs off Sean Keselica.

The Black Bears offense was lead by Mitchell Tolman’s two hits and an RBI. Casey Hughston added two hits and two RBIs. Ke’Bryan Hayes collected two RBIs but did not register a hit. Albert Baur, Ty Moore, Christian Kelley and Daniel Arribas each collected a hit.

Black Bears Starting Pitcher JT Brubaker picked up his fifth win of the season while going six strong innings and allowing only two hits and three strikeouts. Stephan Meyer pitched two innings in relief and allowed two hits and a walk. Sean Keselica pitched the final inning and allowed two earned runs on four hits and a strikeout.

Game 2

Game two on Friday resulted in a 6-1 loss for the Black Bears. The Scrappers would get on the board first in the top of the second with two runs off three doubles. The Black Bears would cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second. Albert Baur reached on an error then made it to third on a passed ball. He would later score on a Casey Hughston sacrifice fly. This would be all of the scoring for the Black Bears on this night. The Scrappers would add two runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth for the 6-1 final score.

The Black Bears offense collected hits from Ty Moore, Daniel Arribas, Logan Ratledge, David Andriese and Erik Forgione. Casey Hughston picked up the lone RBI.

The Black Bears starting pitcher Dario Agrazal picked up his fifth loss of the season while going five innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Tanner Anderson went two innings in relief and allowed two earned runs on four hits and three strikeouts. Eric Dorsch pitched the final two innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits and two strikeouts.

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Game 3

Game three on Saturday resulted in a 7-3 win for the Black Bears. The Scrappers jumped out to an early one run lead in the first inning. The Black Bears battled back in the second inning. Albert Baur doubled and would later score on a Mitchell Tolman sacrifice fly. Casey Hughston singled and scored on a Christian Kelley single. Then in the third inning, the Scrappers took a three to two lead. In the bottom of the third inning, Daniel Arribas walked and then scored on a Ty Moore triple. Ty Moore then scored on Ke’Bryan Hayes fielders choice. Hayes would score on a Casey Hughston sacrifice fly. Albert Baur would walk and later score on a Mitchell Tolman single giving the Black Bears a six to three lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Christian Kelley would score on a Ty Moore single giving the Black Bears a seven to three lead and eventual win.

The Black Bears had thirteen hits as a team. Mitchell Tolman and Ty Moore each had three hits and two RBIs. Christian Kelley added two hits and an RBI. Ryan Nagle collected two hits. Daniel Arribas and Albert Baur each picked up a double and two walks. Casey Hughston had a hit and RBI. Ke’Bryan Hayes is still looking for his first hit since being called up to the Black Bears, He had an RBI and scored a run.

Black Bears starting pitcher Bret Helton had a no decision while going four innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Reliever Nick Hibbing picked up his second win of the season while going two innings and allowing three hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Tate Scioneaux picked up his second save while going three innings and allowing two hits and three strikeouts.

Playoffs

The Black Bears currently lead the State College Spikes by 1.5 games in the Wild Card Standings. As for the division race, the Black Bears trail the Williamsport Crosscutters by seven games.

Looking Ahead

The Black Bears head to Batavia for a three game series with the Muckdogs starting on Sunday. Then, they return home on Wednesday for the final home series of the regular season. A three game showdown with the division leader, Williamsport Crosscutters.

Be sure to get your tickets now as the Black Bears only have three home games remaining in the regular season! For tickets, visit www.westvirginiablackbears.com, visit the ticket office at the ballpark, or call 304-293-8422.

Make sure to tune in to Rum Bunter as we continue to provide coverage of not only the Pittsburgh Pirates but of the West Virginia Black Bears throughout the season!

Next: Black Bears/Muckdogs Recap

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