Prospect Watch: Bae, Herman, Stafford, Jerez and Nolasco Go Deep as Pirates Defeat Pirates in Crazy Ending

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Starting Pitcher: Steven Wright  5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Cole Tucker 1-for-4, BB

Kevin Kramer 0-for-4

Will Craig 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Recap:  Indianapolis faced former Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams, who was on a rehab assignment on Friday night. Williams allowed just two hits and an unearned run in his five innings. The Indians sent out Steven Wright and he had some control issues, which led to 13 base runners in five innings, though he managed to limit the damage to three runs. Joe Jacques tossed a scoreless sixth. Tyler Bashlor allowed two runs on three hits in his only inning. Geoff Hartlieb tossed two no-hit innings in the 5-2 loss.

Indianapolis got the scoring going first with an RBI double by TJ Rivera that scored Christian Bethancourt. In the sixth, Bethancourt singled in Will Craig with the second run in the sixth. Craig reached base twice on walks. Cole Tucker had a single, walk and his fifth stolen base. The Indians had four hits, three singles and Rivera’s double.


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Starting Pitcher: Trey McGough  5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO

Notable Performances:

Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-for-3

Rodolfo Castro 0-for-3

Mason Martin 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Calvin Mitchell 1-for-2, 2B

Game Recap: Altoona won 2-1 in a game called after five innings due to rain. Trey McGough got credit for the complete game, allowing his one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out nine batters. He threw 76 pitches, with 47 going for strikes. He now has a 4.26 ERA since joining Altoona on June 1st. The Curve got their first run on an RBI single by Arden Pabst. They took the lead in the third on an RBI double by Mason Martin. He now has 14 doubles and 34 RBIs. Calvin Mitchell hit his 11th double. Jonah Davis hit his sixth double. Connor Kaiser started at shortstop, playing his first game since being injured on May 11th while with Indianapolis.


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Starting Pitcher: Grant Ford 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Nick Gonzales 1-for-4

Lolo Sanchez 0-for-3, BB

Matt Gorski 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Jared Triolo 0-for-4

Game Recap: Grant Ford started Friday night off with two shutout frames, then gave up one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings before being replaced by Bear Bellomy with two outs and a man on base. Ford allowed seven hits in his 4.2 innings, but he had no walks and five strikeouts. He now has a 5.79 ERA in 32.2 innings, with 38 strikeouts. Bellomy tossed 1.1 scoreless, then Will Kobos allowed three runs over two innings, serving up back-to-back homers in the eighth for the loss.

Greensboro got things started on offense in this game with Matt Fraizer driving in Andres Alvarez with his eighth double. Matt Gorski made it a 3-2 deficit in the seventh with a solo homer, his seventh of the season. Fabricio Macias tied the score in the top of the eighth with an RBI single, then Bowling Green scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh off of Kobos.


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Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia 2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

Eddy Yean 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

Hudson Head 0-for-3, HBP

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-4

Maikol Escotto 1-for-3

Dariel Lopez 2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB

Eli Wilson 0-for-2, RBI, BB

Sammy Siani 0-for-4

Alexander Mojica 0-for-3

Jase Bowen 2-for-3, RBI.

Notable Performances:

Game Recap: Nick Garcia had a tough outing on Friday due to an error that accounted for four unearned runs. He gave up two runs in the first, then an Alexander Mojica error, followed by two singles and a home run, led to four unearned runs. At that point, Garcia had already thrown 52 pitches, with 26 going for strikes. Eddy Yean replaced him in the third inning. Garcia now has a 3.77 ERA in 28.2 innings, with 33 strikeouts. Yean went four innings to finish up the game, allowing one run on one hit and two walks, with four strikeouts. He also allowed one hit in his previous outing, a six-inning performance. Bradenton lost this game 7-4.

The Marauders scored their first run on an infielder single by Dariel Lopez in the third inning. In the fourth, Jase Bowen singled home a run. A bases loaded walk to Lopez scored the third run in the seventh inning. Eli Wilson made it 7-4 with a sacrifice fly. Bradenton had seven hits, two each by Bowen and Lopez, but all seven hits were singles.

Game Two


Starting Pitcher:  Logan Hofmann 3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Maikol Escotto 1-for-4, 2B

Sammy Siani 0-for-3

Jase Bowen 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap: Logan Hofmann had a rough first inning that led to a short night, with 63 pitches over three innings of work. He finished strong, striking out five of the final six batters he faced. Hofmann allowed two hits (one homer), one walk and he hit a batter. He now has a 2.53 ERA in 32 innings, with 46 strikeouts. He was replaced by Sergio Umana in the fourth inning. Umana took the rest of the contest, allowing two runs over 3.2 innings for the loss. Just one of the runs he allowed was earned.

Bradenton took an early lead with a first inning two-run homer by Endy Rodriguez, his seventh home run of the season. The Marauders loaded the bases in the seventh with no outs and made it 4-3 on a walk to Hudson Head. They tied it when Rodriguez grounded into a double play, setting things up for the walk-off win by Fort Myers. Yoyner Fajardo had two of Bradenton’s six hits. Maikol Escotto collected his fifth double. Sammy Siani went 0-for-7 in the doubleheader.


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Starting Pitcher: Cristopher Cruz 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Angel Basabe 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Juan Jerez 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Luis Tejeda 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap: The first ever FCL Pirates vs Pirates game ended with a win and a loss for the Pirates. Cristopher Cruz, the top international signing in July of 2019, made his pro debut and went three innings, allowing one run on two hits, four walks and five strikeouts. On the other side was Bladimir Dotel, the last signing during the 2019-20 signing period. He also allowed one run over three innings, though he did it much cleaner, with no walks. Lister Sosa was the only reliever who didn’t have trouble in this seven-inning contest. He allowed just one hit over three scoreless innings, facing one over the minimum.

This game was 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth. Gold scored in the first on a home run by Ji-Hwan Bae, his first at-bat since injuring his knee in a collision on June 8th. Luis Hernandez tied in 1-1 in the second with an RBI single. In the bottom of the sixth, Gold got an RBI from Randy Romero to take the lead. Jack Herman followed with a three-run homer, then Rodolfo Nolasco made it 6-1 with a solo homer. In the top of the seventh, Black scored runs on a Francisco Quintero ground out and a walk to Angel Basabe. Down 6-3, Juan Jerez hit a grand slam for the lead. In the bottom of the inning, a wild pitch tied the game, then Deon Stafford hit a walk-off grand slam for the 11-7 win.

Kevin Disla, Darvin Garcia, Johan Montero and Wander Romero combined to allow 14 earned runs while recording just five outs.


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Starting Pitcher: Bladimir Dotel 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Jack Herman 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Deon Stafford 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Deivis Nadal 0-for-3, BB

Jasiah Dixon 1-for-2, 2 BB

Claudio Finol 3-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Game Recap: See above