Prospect Watch: Priester on the Mound Tonight; FCL/DSL Recaps

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INDIANAPOLIS

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Game Recap: POSTPONED. Will be made up tomorrow as a doubleheader.

ALTOONA

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Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido  3 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 0-for-4

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

Cal Mitchell 1-for-4

Game Recap: Osvaldo Bido had a very rough start on Friday night, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks in three innings. All of the damage came in the second inning when he loaded the bases with no outs. A total of four hits and a walk brought in four runs in that inning. Bido now has a 4.87 ERA in 40.2 innings, with 43 strikeouts. Brad Case followed with one run over three innings. Nathan Kirby tossed a shutout frame in the seventh. Oddy Nunez allowed an unearned run in the eighth. Will Gardner gave up a run in the ninth, as the Curve lost 7-1.

Mason Martin’s RBI double in the first inning accounted for the only Altoona run. He now has 16 doubles. He also drew the Curve’s only walk of the game. Josh Bissonette had three hits. Arden Pabst had a single and a double. Jonah Davis had a single and scored the lone run.

GREENSBORO

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Starting Pitcher: Quinn Priester  6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 0-for-5

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

Liover Peguero 3-for-4, 2 SB

Jared Triolo 1-for-4, RBI

Matt Gorski 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Recap: Quinn Priester made his first start since pitching in the Futures Games. He went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits and four walks, with five strikeouts. All of the damage came in one inning, with Priester allowing a single, walk and homer to consecutive batters in the fifth inning. He threw 91 pitches, with 51 strikes. This is the first time in pro ball that he has gone longer than five innings in a game. He now has a 3.49 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 49 innings this season. Bear Bellomy retired all six batters he faced in two innings of work. Oliver Garcia allowed a run in the ninth, but still picked up his eighth save in the 5-4 victory.

Nick Gonzales has been in a major slump since the end of last month, but he had a solid game tonight, with a single, double, walk and two runs scored. The double was his eighth of the season. Liover Peguero had three singles and two stolen bases, giving him 14 steals on the season. Blake Sabol hit his second homer since joining Greensboro. Jared Triolo and Matt Gorski had back-to-back singles in the eighth that brought in three runs and gave the Grasshoppers the lead. The opposing starting pitcher had ten strikeouts in five innings, then Greensboro didn’t strike out over four innings against relievers.

Michael Burrows joined Carmen Mlodzinski on the injured list today.

BRADENTON

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Starting Pitcher: Logan Hofmann 4.1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 1-for-3, BB

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Jck Herman 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Eli Wilson 0-for-3, 2 BB

Jase Bowen 0-for-5

Alexander Mojica 1-for-4

Game Recap: Some control issues on Friday night led to a poor start for Logan Hofmann, who came into the day with a 2.13 ERA in 38 innings this year. He gave up four runs on two hits and four walks, with six strikeouts. He now has 57 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Parker Brahms tossed 1.2 shutout innings, then Alex Roth closed things out with two scoreless frames in the 4-3 loss.

The Marauders took an early lead in the second inning when Eli Wison scored from third base on a wild pitch. That was followed by a two-run double from Endy Rodriguez, his 13th double of the season. That would be all of their scoring for the game. Rodriguez had two of the team’s six hits. Jack Herman added a double and he drew one of seven walks by Bradenton hitters. Unfortunately for the team, they also had 16 strikeouts and they went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

FCL PIRATES BLACK

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

Drake Fellows 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Jasiah Dixon 0-for-1, 3 BB

Tsung-Che Cheng 2-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI

Daniel Rivero 1-for-4, RBI

Sergio Campana 1-for-, 3B, RBI

Deivis Nadal 1-for-2, RBI

Juan Jerez 3-for-4, 2 2B

Angel Basabe 2-for-4, RBI, 2 SB

Luis Tejeda 0-for-3, BB

Deion Walker 2-for-4

Game Recap: The two Pirates teams played each other on Friday, so I put all of the recaps/starters/performances here instead of splitting it up. Drake Fellows, one of five players acquired in the Joe Musgrove trade, made his third start and he’s now up to eight scoreless innings this season after allowing two hits and two walks over three innings. Fellows was followed by Andy Maldonado, a six-figure bonus pitcher, who was suspended for the 2020 season due to failing a PED test. He threw a scoreless inning in his season debut. Listher Sosa took over in the fifth and allowed two runs on three hits in his first inning of work. He gave up five more hits, but just one run, over the final two innings in his team’s 10-3 win.

Cristopher Cruz was solid through four innings today, then allowed the first two runners to reach in the fifth before leaving. Both scored, giving him three earned runs in four innings. Yoelvis Reyes was out next and he allowed the two inherited runners to score, while giving up five runs of his own in the fifth inning. Kevin Disla allowed two runs in the sixth.

Tsung-Che Cheng had two hits and drove in four runs. He brought in the first run of the game on a ground out. In the fifth, his two-run double gave his team the 4-2 lead. He also had an RBI single n the sixth. Eliazer Montero went 3-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI. On the opposing side, Juan Jerez had the big game with three hits and a run scored. He hit two doubles, giving him four on the season. Deion Walker, Angel Basabe and Francisco Quintero each had two hits. Basabe stole two bases, giving him three steals on the year. Jasiah Dixon walked three times and scored two runs.

FCL PIRATES GOLD

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DSL PIRATES BLACK

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Starting Pitcher: Isaias Uribe 2.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Shalin Polanco 0-for-3

Jesus Castillo 1-for-2, 2 BB

Ewry Espinal 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Omar Alfonzo 0-for-3, BB

Javier Rivas 1-for-4

Ruben Vizcaya 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Recap: Starting pitcher Isaias Uribe made his pro debut on Friday morning and lasted 2.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out two batters. Jonathan Salazar made his pro debut next and he recorded the final out of the third after walking a batter. Juan Santos then allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in 1.1 innings. Luis Gonzalez followed and he gave up a hit and two walks, while allowing two inherited runs to score. Wilbur Martinez had to record the final out of the fifth and he stranded three inherited runners. He ended up allowing a run in the sixth, as the Pirates lost 5-2 in seven innings.

The Pirates had plenty of chances to push more runs across the board, as they finished with ten walks, three hits and two hit batters in the shortened game. In the third inning, a single was followed by a hit-by-pitch and two walks for the first run. In the sixth inning, five walks led to just one run when Ruben Vizcaya was picked off of third base in the middle of the march around the bases. The Pirates ended up going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Pedro Figuereo scored both runs.

DSL PIRATES GOLD

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Starting Pitcher: Jose Garces 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Wesley Zapata 1-for-3

Eddy Rodriguez 0-for-3, RBI

Robert De Paula 0-for-1, HBP

Rodolfo De La Cruz 1-for-3

Samuel Escudero 0-for-2

Gustavo Armas 0-for-3

Delfin Ramirez 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap: Jose Garces made his first start after making his pro debut last week in relief, where he picked up the save. He went 2.2 innings and allowed an unearned run on one hit and one walk, while striking out four batters. Rafael Mendez followed and he gave up an unearned run in his 1.1 innings. Juan Fuentes made his pro debut and gave up one run in two innings. Lewys Guzman threw a scoreless seventh in the 3-1 loss in seven innings. The Pirates had three hits (all singles), two walks and two of those runners were thrown out stealing. They went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Their lone run scored with a lot of help from the defense. Jhonson Pena struck out to start the first, but he reached on a passed ball. He was balked to second base, then moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a ground out.

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