Prospect Watch: Drake Fellows Makes Pro Debut

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Nearly every game was affected in some way by rain.

INDIANAPOLIS

(7:05pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Cam Vieaux 2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Cole Tucker 1-3, BB

Will Craig 1-4, HR (8)

Jared Oliva 0-4, 3 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (25-23) got pummeled by Iowa, 9-3.  Cam Vieaux came up from Altoona to make the start, but it didn’t go well.  He got knocked out in the third, giving up seven runs in all, four earned.  Matt Eckelman gave up a run over three innings, Blake Weiman threw a scoreless inning and a third, and newly returned Austin Davis threw a scoreless inning.  Most of Indy’s offense came in the first inning, on a two-run home run by Will Craig, his eighth longball of the AAA season.  (Insert exasperated reference to Pirates’ offensive train wreck here.)  Cole Tucker drove in the other run with a single.  Indy only had six hits.

ALTOONA

(7:05pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Roansy Contreras (3-1, 2.00, 45 IP, 64 K)

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Game Recap:  Altoona’s game at Hartford was rained out.  It’ll be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 1.

GREENSBORO

(7:35pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Quinn Priester 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 0-4

Nick Gonzales 0-4

Liover Peguero 1-4

Aaron Shackelford 0-4

Fabricio Macias 0-4

Jared Triolo 1-3, 2B

Lolo Sanchez 1-3

Game Recap:

Greensboro (28-21) got a late start due to rain, then lost, 3-2, to Bowling Green on a walk-off, bases-loaded walk.  Quinn Priester had a good start, fanning seven in four innings.  He gave up one run, which came on a walk, a steal and a single in the first inning.  Alex Manasa followed, giving up a run in two innings, and Will Kobos fanned four over two scoreless innings.  The Grasshoppers tied the game twice.  In the fifth, they got a run when Jared Triolo doubled and eventually scored on an error.  In the eighth, Matt Gorski singled and scored on a double by Lolo Sanchez.  The tie lasted into the bottom of the ninth.  Oliver Garcia got into a bases-loaded, one-out situation.  He got a strikeout for the second out, but then walked in the winning run on four pitches.  Greensboro had only four hits and didn’t draw a walk.

BRADENTON

(7:00pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Luis Ortiz 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 1-3, HR (7), 2 BB

Hudson Head 1-5

Maikol Escotto 0-4, BB

Endy Rodriguez 1-5

Blake Sabol 2-4

Dariel Lopez 2-5

Alexander Mojica 1-2, 2 BB

Jase Bowen 0-3, SF

Game Recap:

After a rain delay, Bradenton (33-16) coasted to a 7-2 win over Fort Myers.  Luis Ortiz gave up a run in the first on a two-out double, but nothing else before leaving with two outs in the fifth.  Cam Junker followed with three and a third hitless innings.  Alex Roth gave up a couple of walks and an unearned run in the ninth.  The Marauders tied the game in the second, then took the lead in the third on Sammy Siani’s seventh home run of the year.  Ernny Ordonez homered later in the game, his second of the year, and drove in four on the day.  Siani and Alexander Mojica each reached base three times, on a hit and two walks.  Blake Sabol and Dariel Lopez each had two hits, although Sabol left the game a little early for unknown reasons.

FCL PIRATES BLACK

(Noon)

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Starting Pitcher:  Carlos Jimenez 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

Angel Basabe 1-2, 3B, 2 BB

Juan Jerez 1-5

Solomon Maguire 0-2, 2 BB

Luis Tejeda 1-2, SB

Game Recap:

The Pirates Black beat the Orioles Orange, 8-6.  The game was stopped with two outs in the top of the eighth, which may have been just as well because the Orioles had four runs in and a runner on third.  Starter Carlos Jimenez, who’s still only 18, was impressive in ten starts in the DSL in 2019 and fanned five over four innings in his US debut.  Jake Sweeney, a 6’7″, late-round JUCO draftee in 2019, was even better, allowing no hits and fanning eight over three innings.  Kelvin Disla and Yunior Thibo, both 2019 Dominican signees, had a rougher time in the eighth.  Disla issued three, two-out walks, then Thibo gave up a single and a triple before the rains came.  Catcher Luis Hernandez again led the offense, going 2-for-4 to give him a 5-for-8 start on the season.  All of the other starters had one hit except Solomon Maguire, who walked twice.  Angel Basabe had a triple and two walks, and Carlos Canache had a triple and two RBIs.  Shortstop Luis Tejeda went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a steal before leaving the game after getting caught stealing home.

FCL PIRATES GOLD

(Noon)

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Starting Pitcher:  Drake Fellows 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Notable Performances:

Deivis Nadal 0-4

Randy Romero 1-3, BB, SB

Rodolfo Nolasco 1-4

Game Recap:

Drake Fellows finally made his pro debut as the Pirates Gold beat the Rays, 3-2, in a game that was stopped by rain with two outs in the top of the seventh.  Fellows threw three scoreless innings, allowing three hits.  Carlos Campos, who spent 2018-19 in the DSL, went the last four innings and got the win.  He gave up three hits, a walk and two runs, and fanned four.  The Pirates’ hitters were facing two rehabbing pitchers, Brendan McKay and former Pirate draftee Stetson Allie.  McKay threw two scoreless innings, but Allie gave up two runs while recording two outs.  A lot of the Bucs’ offense came from Claudio Finol, who’s basically a ringer at this level.  He had three of the team’s seven hits, including two doubles, with a run and an RBI.  Those were the only extra base hits.  Randy Romero had a single, a walk and a steal.  Eliazer Montero was 1-for-2 with a walk, a steal and a run.

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