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Note the time for the FCL Pirates Black. I can’t recall a GCL game at night before, although I figure it must have happened.
Starting Pitcher: James Marvel 4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Anthony Alford 4-5, 2 2B, HR (8) (now batting 324/459/559)
Cole Tucker 1-5, 2B
Luis Oviedo 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Indianapolis (33-32) blew an early 9-3 lead, then came from behind to beat Toledo in the tenth, 12-11. Anthony Alford doubled in two runs to tie the game in the eighth. Blake Weiman kept Toledo off the board in the top of the tenth when JaCoby Jones was thrown out at the plate. Joe Hudson then singled in the free runner in the bottom half to end the game. Alford had a huge game, with four hits, including two doubles and his eighth home run, and four RBIs. Dee Strange-Gordon reached base four times, scored three times and hit his fifth home run. Bligh Madris hit his fourth. Christian Bethancourt and Hunter Owen each had two hits. James Marvel started and got hammered for seven runs. Shea Spitzbarth and Luis Oviedo each gave up two. Joe Jacques and Weiman combined for two and two-thirds scoreless innings.
Starting Pitcher: Travis MacGregor 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Ji-Hwan Bae 1-4, HR (1), BB
Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-3, 2B, 2 BB
Rodolfo Castro 0-3, 2 BB, SB
Mason Martin 1-4, 2B, BB
Cal Mitchell 2-4
Jonah Davis 0-4
Hunter Stratton 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Altoona (36-28) fell behind 6-1, then scored eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings to pick up a 9-7 win over Somerset. Ji-Hwan Bae provided the winning runs with a three-run shot, his first career home run above rookie level. Arden Pabst had a big day, with three runs and three hits, including his fourth home run, and drove in the tying run. Canaan Smith-Njigba had a double and drove in three runs, and Cal Mitchell had two hits. Travis MacGregor had a rough start, allowing five runs on six hits, including two gopher balls. Recent acquisition Nathan Kirby gave up an unearned run and fanned two in one inning. Hunter Stratton struck out two in the ninth and picked up the save.
Starting Pitcher: Grant Ford 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Matt Fraizer 1-3, BB
Nick Gonzales 0-3, BB
Liover Peguero 1-4
Aaron Shackelford 2-4, 2B
Jared Triolo 3-4, 2 2B, SB
Lolo Sanchez 1-4, HR (10)
Greensboro (41-26) scored five times in the fourth and hung on for a 7-4 win over Greenville. The big inning was capped by Lolo Sanchez’ tenth home run. Grant Ford gave up two runs over five innings. Will Kobos struck out the side in the sixth. Austin Roberts and Oliver Garcia each allowed a run the rest of the way. Jared Triolo had a big day, with two doubles and a single. He also stole his 17th base. Aaron Shackelord had a single, double and two RBIs.
Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Maikol Escotto 0-4, BB
Hudson Head 2-4, BB
Endy Rodriguez 2-3, 3B, BB, HBP
Dariel Lopez 0-4, BB
Jack Herman 2-5, HR (2)
Alexander Mojica 0-4
Bradenton (42-24) took a 6-0 lead, then hung on for an 8-6 win over St. Lucie. Nick Garcia threw shutout ball for five innings, then gave up a home run and a single with one out in the sixth. Parker Brahms allowed the second run to score and then one of his own. Oliver Mateo fanned three in the seventh, while also walking two. Wandi Montout allowed three runs while getting only two outs. Enmanuel Mejia finally closed it out with a scoreless ninth. The Marauders got a lot of their offense from Hudson Head, Endy Rodriguez and Jack Herman. They each had two hits and two RBIs. Rodriguez had a triple and Herman hit his second home run at this level.
FCL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Juan Jerez 2-4, 2 BB
Jhan Polanco 0-2, 4 BB
Luis Tejeda 2-5, HR (1)
Deion Walker 1-3, 3 BB, SB
Franrielis Bastardo 1-5, HR (1), BB
The pitching was a bit light as the Black team (9-7) beat the Red Sox, 20-13. The Bucs scored seven in the first and eight in the third, then hung on. They had 14 hits and picked up 15 walks, four of them to Jhan Polanco and three to Deion Walker. Three players hit their first home runs of the year: Luis Tejeda, Franrielis Bastardo and Darwin Baez. Bastardo’s was a grand slam and Tejeda drove in four altogether. Angel Basabe had a double and two singles, and Carlos Canache had two doubles, two walks and four runs scored. The pitchers had rough days, as Carlos Jimenez gave up three runs, Wilkin Ramos four and Kelvin Disla six.
FCL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Andy Maldonado 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Jasiah Dixon 0-5
Tsung-Che Cheng 2-4
Sergio Campana 0-4
Rodolfo Nolasco 1-4
Listher Sosa 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
The Gold team (12-4) scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to win a tight game with the Orioles Black, 5-4. Starter Andy Maldonado fanned four through three and two-thirds, but also walked three. Both runs off him came on an attempt to turn an inning-ending, bases-loaded double play, when the relay to first got away. The second run was unearned. Listher Sosa got the win with three scoreless innings. Deon Stafford, who’s really a ringer at this level, had a double and his second FCL home run. Norkis Marcos, who’s a borderline ringer, had a double and two singles. Randy Romero and Tsung-Che Cheng each had two hits.
DSL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: Yoldin De La Paz 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
Luis Castillo 0-3
Enmanuel Terrero 0-2, BB
Omar Alfonzo 1-1, 2 BB
Shalin Polanco 0-2, BB
The Black team (3-4) beat the Dodgers Shoemaker (no idea what that’s about), 4-3. Lefty Yoldin De La Paz started and had trouble throwing strikes, but managed to give up only two runs over two and two-thirds. Luis C. Gonzalez got the win with a scoreless inning and a third. The offense had only four hits, but drew six walks. Omar Alfonzo reached base three times. Rafael Escalante doubled in a run. Ruben Vizcaya had a single and a walk, and stole home. Shalin Polanco was 0-for-2 with a walk. The Pirates’ big signing last January, Polanco is having a rough time so far, starting off 1-for-18.
DSL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Luigi Hernandez 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Jeral Toledo 0-3
Esmerlyn Valdez 0-3
Luis Faringthon 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K
The Gold team (3-4) lost, 6-0, to Colorado. Luigi Hernandez made his second career start and fanned five in two innings. He’s now struck out ten over his first five innings, but in this game he gave up five runs, three unearned. Two came in the first and three in the second, both times after he’d retired the first two hitters. Luis Faringthon threw two and a third scoreless innings, although he walked three. Not much to say about the offense. The first five hitters in the order combined to go 0-for-15. There were just two hits, both singles.