Prospect Watch: Nick Gonzales Continues His Hot Hitting; Jasiah Dixon Shows Off His Speed

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INDIANAPOLIS

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Starting Pitcher: Miguel Yajure

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Game Recap: POSTPONED (Rain) Game will be made up in August

ALTOONA

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Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Rodolfo Castro 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Mason Martin 1-for-5, RBI

Cal Mitchell 0-for-3, BB

Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Recap: Altoona won 8-4 over Bowie in game five of their series, giving the Curve a 2-3 record. Altoona got on the board early with a sacrifice fly by Ji-Hwan Bae, which scored Jonah Davis, who hit a lead-off triple. Rodolfo Castro hit his third double of the season, then scored on a Mason Martin single. Arden Pabst brought in the third run with a bases loaded walk. Bowie tied it with two runs in a second and another in the third. It the fourth inning, the Curve took the lead back with a solo homer by Pabst. Bowie tied it again in the fifth, then Pabst hit a two-run double to make it 6-4. Josh Bissonette followed with an RBI single, then Castro topped off the scoring with an RBI ground out in the eighth inning. He has an 1.140 OPS through five games, one point higher than Jonah Davis, who went 2-for-5 in the game.

Osvaldo Bido had a rough debut, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks in 2.2 innings, while throwing 64 pitches. Cam Vieaux followed with one run over 2.1 innings. Will Gardner got the win with two scoreless innings, while Hunter Stratton struck out five batters over the final two frames for the save.

GREENSBORO

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Starting Pitcher: Omar Cruz 2 IP, 1 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Lolo Sanchez 1-for-5

Nick Gonzales 3-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Jack Herman 0-for-4

Jared Triolo 0-for-4

Game Recap: Omar Cruz made his debut with the Pirates and it was a wild one. He allowed four runs in the first inning and only lasted two innings. He gave up just one hit, but he walked five batters and picked up four strikeouts. He was one of five players included in the Joe Musgrove deal. Will Kobos followed with three perfect innings on 28 pitches. Colin Selby was out next and he was perfect too for two innings except for one batter reaching on an error. Oliver Garcia finished out the night with two shutout frames.

After going down 4-0 in the top of the first, Greensboro held the opposition to no runs over the final eight innings. However, their offense could manage just two runs in the 4-2 loss. Francisco Acuna hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and Aaron Shackelford had an RBI double in the sixth inning. Nick Gonzales reached base all four times with two doubles, a single and a walk. He’s hitting .467 each on, with a 1.396 OPS. Fabricio Macias was the only other Grasshopper to reach base twice. He collected two singles.

BRADENTON

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Starting Pitcher: Jose Maldonado 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Jasiah Dixon 2-for-3, RBI, 3 SB, BB

Sammy Siani 0-for-4, BB

Hudson Head 2-for-5, SB

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Dariel Lopez 1-for-4, RBI, BB

Jase Bowen 1-for-5

Game Recap: Bradenton won 7-2, to give them a 2-3 record this season. Jose Maldonado started and he went three shutout innings on one hit, no walks and six strikeouts. Eddy Yean, who couldn’t make it out of the first inning in his start earlier this week, followed Maldonado. He threw two shutout innings and picked up the win. Yean allowed one hit, one walk and he struck out two batters. Cameron Junker had a rough debut, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks in 1.2 innings. He also hit a batter. Denny Roman came on and stranded two inherited runners in a big spot in the seventh. He then tossed two more shutout frames to close out the win.

The Marauders got on the board in the first on an RBI single by Jasiah Dixon, who stole three bases in this game, giving him five steals on the year.  Bradenton scored a run in the second on a bad pick-off throw. In the fourth, Endy Rodriguez hit a two-run single to make it 4-0. A wild pitch brought in Dixon with the fifth run. In the eighth inning, Dariel Lopez made it 6-2 with an RBI single. A seventh run scored on a wild pitch, so three of the seven runs ended up being gifts. Jase Bowen collected his first hit, but he also struck out four times. Will Matthiessen went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, as the Marauders struck out 15 times on the night. Matthiessen had 12 strikeouts and four hits in 17 at-bats this year. Bradenton leads the league with 72 strikeouts in 166 at-bats.

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