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Both FCL Pirates’ games were cancelled, obviously for non-weather reasons. Tomorrow’s game between the Gold and Black teams was also cancelled this afternoon, so something out of the ordinary evidently has occurred.
Starting Pitcher: Cody Ponce 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Fabricio Macias 1-4, 2B
Indianapolis (33-34) got shut out for seven innings by former Neal Huntington protegé Drew Hutchison and lost to Toledo, 7-2. The Indians didn’t get a baserunner until Christian Bethancourt, who had two hits, led off the fifth with a double. The two runs came in the ninth on Hunter Owen’s ninth home run of the year, off Miguel Del Pozo. Cody Ponce had a pretty good start, but Joe Jacques and Blake Weiman both had trouble in relief. Fabricio Macias had a double.
Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 K
Ji-Hwan Bae 0-3, BB
Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-4
Rodolfo Castro 0-3
Mason Martin 0-3
Cal Mitchell 1-3
Jonah Davis 0-3
Altoona (37-29) got blasted by Somerset, 10-0. Osvaldo Bido had a rough start, giving up six runs, five earned, and three gopher balls. Bido has a 9.88 ERA in four July starts. Steven Jennings and Will Gardner each allowed two earned runs in relief. The Curve had just two hits and a walk, and fanned 13 times. Cal Mitchell and Connor Kaiser had the hits, both singles.
Starting Pitcher: Santiago Florez 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Matt Fraizer 4-5, HR (17), BB, SB
Nick Gonzales 1-6
Liover Peguero 1-6
Jared Triolo 2-5
Blake Sabol 1-3, HR (3), 2 BB, SB
Greensboro (42-27) frittered away all or most of a couple big leads, but held on to beat Greenville, 12-10. The Grasshoppers took a 5-2 lead in the top of the sixth and had Santiago Florez pitching well through five innings, but Florez left with two out in the sixth, two runs in and a runner on base. Bear Bellomy let that runner score to tie the game. Greensboro got the lead back in the top of the seventh on a grand slam by Matt Fraizer, his 17th home run of the year. Fraizer finished with four hits and a walk, and five RBIs. A two-run bomb by Blake Sabol in the eighth, his third for Greensboro, made it 11-5, but Bellomy gave up four runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 11-9. Greensboro got another run in the top of the ninth, then Will Kobos walked four of the first five batters in the bottom of the inning. Austin Roberts got the last two outs for the save. Grant Koch had two walks and his sixth homer of the year, and scored three times.
Starting Pitcher: Domingo Gonzalez 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Maikol Escotto 2-4, HR (4), HBP
Hudson Head 1-5
Dariel Lopez 2-5
Endy Rodriguez 1-4, 2B, SF
Jack Herman 1-4, 2B, BB
Alexander Mojica 5-5
Eddy Yean 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Bradenton (42-26) suffered a major, ninth-inning bullpen meltdown and lost to St. Lucie in ten innings, 6-5. Domingo Gonzalez had a strong start, allowing just an unearned run over six innings. Eddy Yean sailed through two more innings and the Marauders took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but the first seven batters in the inning reached base, tying the score and leaving the bases loaded. Enmanuel Mejia, who let three of Yean’s runners score, managed to get three outs without another runs scoring. The Marauders loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the tenth, but Ernny Ordonez and Jase Bowen each fanned on three pitches, and Daniel Rivero flied out. Bowen is 5-for-55 in July, with two extra-base hits and 25 strikeouts. St. Lucie got a one-out single in the bottom half to score the free runner. Bradenton had 15 hits, with Alexander Mojica going 5-for-5, all singles, raising his average from .186 to .211. Maikol Escotto had two hits, including his fourth home run.
FCL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: TBD
Game Recap: Cancelled.
FCL PIRATES GOLD
Game Recap: Cancelled.
DSL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: Sebastian Rodriguez 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Jesus Castillo 1-3
Enmanuel Terrero 0-3
Ewry Espinal 0-3
The Black team (3-5) lost to the Royals White, 7-1, in a seven-inning game. The first two pitchers, Sebastian Rodriguez and Darlin Diaz, pitched well. Rodriguez gave up two unearned runs in three innings. Diaz gave up just a walk in two innings. Andres Sierra and Miguel Diaz had more trouble after that. The offense had just four hits. Ruben Vizcaya had the only extra-base hit, a double, and two walks.
DSL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Andres Silvera, 1+ IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
Jeral Toledo 1-3, BB
Eddy Rodriguez 0-3
The Gold team (3-5) scored twice in the first but ended up losing to the Diamondbacks 2, 6-2, also in seven innings. Robert De Paula had a two-run single in the first, but the team managed only three other singles. Starter Andres Silvera had a scoreless first, but gave up five runs in the second without recording an out. Lewys Guzman, Patricio Ress and Reyson Santos combined for five hitless innings, although they walked eight.