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Prospect Watch: Brault and Escobar Pitch Well; Big Days for Mason Martin and Cody Bolton

Steven Brault has a 2.00 ERA coming into Monday night's game. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Prospect Watch: Brault and Escobar Pitch Well; Big Days for Mason Martin and Cody Bolton
John Dreker

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time, or loses his prospect eligibility, he will be removed from this list. Everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season, he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get more active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2017 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Austin Meadows, CF, IndianapolisDNP

2. Mitch Keller, RHP, BradentonDNP

3. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona2 for 4

4. Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton2 for 5, 2B , SB

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton2 for 4, 3B

6. Will Craig, 3B, Bradenton1 for 5

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, BradentonDNP

8. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton DNP

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

10. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bristol DNP

13. Max Kranick, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

14. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis 0 for 4

15. Edgar Santana, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

16. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

17. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

18. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, AltoonaDNP

19. Kevin Kramer, 2B, AltoonaDNP

20. Tyler Eppler, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

21. Stephen Alemais, SS, West Virginia0 for 4

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, AltoonaDNP

23. Travis MacGregor, RHP, Bristol – DNP

24. Barrett Barnes, LF, IndianapolisDNP

25. Max Moroff, 2B, Pirates –DNP

26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis1 for 4, HR

27. J.T. Brubaker, RHP, AltoonaDNP

28. Chris Bostick, INF/OF, Indianapolis2 for 5

29. Connor Joe, 3B, AltoonaDNP

30. Jin-De Jhang, C, Altoona – 2 for 3

P2 Top Performers

Hits

Mason Martin
4 for 4
Sherten Apostel
3 for 3
Jared Oliva
3 for 5
Kyle Simmons
3 for 4
Christopher Bostick
2 for 5

HR’s

Ben Bengtson
1
Jordan Luplow
1
Mason Martin
1
Hunter Owen
1
Pablo Reyes
1

K’s

Steven Brault
7
Cody Dickson
7
Hunter Stratton
7
Luis Escobar
5
Julio Eusebio
5

Game Score

Ike Schlabach
66
Luis Escobar
65
Cody Dickson
62
Steven Brault
61
Cody Bolton
56

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
IND 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 5 10 0
DUB 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Perez, E CF 5 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 .336 .400 .440
Bostick 2B 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .293 .351 .442
Luplow LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 .333 .442 .667
Terdoslavich 1B 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 .270 .361 .412
Diaz, E C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274 .290 .370
Wood DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 .252 .330 .477
Ortiz RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .258 .287 .415
Ngoepe SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .203 .275 .326
Weiss 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .272 .333 .406
Brault P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.000
Sanchez, A P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Runzler P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Barbato P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Perez, E 2 (5, Roth, Ames); Weiss (14, Roth).
HR: Luplow (4, 3rd inning off Roth, 0 on, 1 out); Terdoslavich (6, 6th inning off Roth, 0 on, 0 out); Wood (13, 6th inning off Roth, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Bostick 2; Luplow 5; Weiss 2; Wood 4; Perez, E 4; Terdoslavich 5.
RBI: Bostick (39); Luplow (10); Terdoslavich (31); Wood (48).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wood 2; Perez, E; Diaz, E.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Perez, E 2 (21, 3rd base off Roth/Marjama, home off Ames/Marjama); Bostick (6, 2nd base off Ames/Marjama).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Luplow (Field at 3rd base).
DP: 2 (Luplow-Ngoepe-Weiss-Brault; Weiss-Bostick-Terdoslavich).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Brault (W, 8-4) 6 5 2 2 3 7 0 2.06 8.55 3.24
Sanchez, A (H, 7) 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 4.06 11.05 2.86
Runzler (H, 5) 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.51 9.72 4.32
Barbato (S, 4) 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.66 8.05 4.26


Game Scores: Brault 61; Roth 39.
Pitches-strikes: Brault 95-58; Sanchez, A 16-10; Runzler 11-8; Barbato 21-14; Roth 85-63; Ames 25-20; Farquhar 8-7; Garton 12-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Brault 4-3; Sanchez, A 1-0; Runzler 0-0; Barbato 2-0; Roth 5-2; Ames 2-0; Farquhar 0-1; Garton 1-0.
Batters faced: Brault 24; Sanchez, A 5; Runzler 4; Barbato 4; Roth 26; Ames 6; Farquhar 3; Garton 3.
Umpires: HP: Jansen Visconti. 1B: James Rackley. 2B: Charlie Ramos. 3B: Toby Basner.
Weather: 77 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, In from RF.
First pitch: 7:05 PM.
T: 2:52.
Att: 4,093.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
July 17, 2017

Indianapolis won 5-2 with Steven Brault going six innings and the offense providing three home runs. This was actually one of the worst starts for Brault, who gave up two runs on five hits and three walks. He’s been that good this season that this qualifies as a bad start for him. He struck out seven batters in this game, but had some control problems at times, throwing 58 of his 95 pitches for strikes. One of the hits he allowed, which led to the second run, was a slow roller against the shift, where Brault got a pitch inside that shattered the bat into pieces. His ERA now sits at 2.06 through 100.1 innings. His 95 strikeouts places him fifth in the league.

The Indians got two hits from each of the top four hitters in their lineup. Lead-off  batter Eury Perez raised his average to .336 with two doubles, and he stole two bases to give him 21 on the season. Christopher Bostick had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base in the second spot. Jordan Luplow had a single and his fourth home run for Indianapolis, giving him 20 on the season. Joey Terdoslavich, who was named the International League Player of the Week earlier in the day, hit his sixth homer, and Eric Wood added his 13th home run of the season.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
HAR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
ALT 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 x 6 12 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Newman SS 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .260 .312 .358
Escobar, El CF 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268 .315 .355
Suiter RF 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .320 .411 .511
Espinal, E 1B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .290 .331 .471
Hill LF 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .259 .373 .389
Jhang C 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .211 .268 .232
Mathisen 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .292 .378 .397
Reyes, Pab 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .269 .348 .412
   Sadler P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
   a-Suchy PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .180 .254 .242
   Scioneaux P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
Dickson P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000
   Ratledge 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .108 .175 .135

a-Struck out for Sadler in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Suiter (11, Eitel).
HR: Reyes, Pab (7, 2nd inning off Voth, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Jhang 2; Mathisen; Reyes, Pab 4; Suiter 3; Escobar, El 2; Newman 2; Hill; Espinal, E.
RBI: Jhang 2 (8); Reyes, Pab (35); Newman (29); Hill (7); Suiter (33).
2-out RBI: Jhang 2; Newman; Suiter.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mathisen; Escobar, El; Reyes, Pab; Suiter; Hill 2.
Team RISP: 6-for-15.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Escobar, El (2, 2nd base off Voth/Read).

FIELDING
E: Dickson (1, throw).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Dickson (W, 1-2) 5 2 1 0 4 7 0 7.47 9 7.2
Sadler (H, 1) 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.45 6.43 0
Scioneaux 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.92 7.52 1.62


Game Scores: Voth 32; Dickson 62.
Pitches-strikes: Voth 64-39; Eitel 47-24; Lara, B 40-22; Dickson 90-51; Sadler 37-28; Scioneaux 14-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Voth 1-2; Eitel 4-1; Lara, B 1-2; Dickson 10-0; Sadler 3-4; Scioneaux 0-0.
Batters faced: Voth 18; Eitel 12; Lara, B 11; Dickson 23; Sadler 10; Scioneaux 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Eitel 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Patrick Sharshel. 1B: Chris Scott. 3B: John Mang.
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, In from CF.
First pitch: 7:04 PM.
T: 2:45.
Att: 3,028.
Venue: Peoples Natural Gas Field.
July 17, 2017

ALTOONA, Pa. – After falling two games back in the division race by losing three of four to Bowie over the weekend, the Curve rebounded nicely against last place Harrisburg on Monday evening in Altoona. Cody Dickson made his fourth start of the season for the Curve after pitching the majority of the season in the Indianapolis bullpen.

Dickson has not been good so far for the Curve since being sent down to fill a spot in the starting rotation, pitching to a 10.97 ERA in 10.2 IP (13 earned runs given up). Tonight, Dickson was able to figure things out, going five innings without allowing an earned run. Harrisburg was able to score a run in the second inning after a Dickson walk and error throwing to first place on a sacrifice bunt attempt. He walked a batter in every in except the fifth inning; however, Dickson only allowed two hits and struck out seven batters, a season high and one shy of matching a career high in strikeouts.

“He was down in the zone all night,” Manager Michael Ryan said of Dickson. “He mixed speeds well and threw some good breaking balls.”

Dickson had ten groundouts compared to zero fly outs tonight, so it is well noted that he was able to stay down in the zone. He was able to keep the Senators off-balanced for his five innings of work.

“Really, I was just doing my best to attack, read swings, and mix pitches the best I could,” Dickson said. “It was nice being able to go five – I’ve had some starts where three or four were the max. I used my fastball to get ground balls, and tried to get ahead and get bad swings.”

Casey Sadler worked three scoreless innings, allowing a lone single as his only blemish against him. Not only has Sadler been able to get steady work so far since going to Altoona, he’s been a good example to the younger players on the team.

“For our younger guys, they watch how him and Cumpton go about their business,” Ryan said. “If you watch tonight, there were three or four pitchers around him, and he’s talking about the hitters. He’s one of those guys that you can learn from. It’s very valuable. Hats off to Casey for being so open and sharing the information he has.”

Pablo Reyes continued his hot streak, homering in the second inning to left center field. It was Reyes’ third home run in his last four at-bats, adding onto his game-tying and game-winning homers from Saturday evening against Bowie. Reyes in 16-for-49 in July (.327 AVG) with an OPS of 1.010 entering tonight’s game. He left tonight’s game early, dealing with a knee problem. He has been receiving treatment for the knee, but it seemed to creep up on him more tonight.

Kevin Newman, Elvis Escobar, Jerrick Suiter, and Jin-De Jhang all contributed two hits tonight. Suiter had the only other extra base hit with a line drive double to center field in the fifth. Suiter and Newman both had impressive two-out at-bats that brought in runs, both with line drive singles back up the middle with runners in scoring position.

For the team as a whole, it was a good way to wipe away the weekend and start the week fresh.

“It was a good way to start a series,” Ryan said. “It seems like all year, we’ve been having trouble in the first game of series. After a tough weekend, it was to flip the page and start the series right.”

Ryan went on to say that his team got exposed over the tough weekend, and they will learn from and fix their mistakes. -Sean McCool

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BRA 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 7 9 1
DUN 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 13 3


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Tucker SS 5 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 .289 .369 .432
Hayes 3B 4 2 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 .276 .358 .349
Craig 1B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .285 .387 .406
George DH 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .294 .389 .453
Tolman 2B 3 1 2 1 0 0 2 2 0 .274 .369 .386
Kelley C 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .254 .360 .319
Moore LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .214 .308 .411
Krause RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283 .370 .465
Hughston CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .248 .314 .383
Vieaux P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Amedee P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
McGarry P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Tucker (15, Saucedo); Tolman (11, Robson).
3B: Hayes (5, McClelland).
TB: Tucker 3; Hayes 4; Craig; Tolman 3; George 2.
RBI: George (38); Moore (10); Tolman 2 (46); Tucker (32); Hayes (28).
2-out RBI: Moore; Tolman 2; Tucker; Hayes.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Krause 2; Kelley; Craig.
Team RISP: 5-for-13.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Tucker (36, 2nd base off McClelland/Reeves).

FIELDING
E: Hayes (4, fielding).
DP: 3 (Hayes-Tolman-Craig; Tolman-Tucker-Craig; Tucker-Tolman-Craig).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Vieaux 6.2 10 4 3 4 5 0 3.34 4.66 2.48
Amedee (W, 4-5) 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 4.24 10.06 6.09
McGarry (S, 11) 1.1 2 1 1 1 1 0 1.23 9 3.5


Game Scores: Vieaux 45; Saucedo 48.
WP: Walby; McClelland; Robson.
Pitches-strikes: Vieaux 104-62; Amedee 19-9; McGarry 22-11; Saucedo 89-54; Walby 35-18; McClelland 19-11; Robson 18-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Vieaux 8-3; Amedee 0-0; McGarry 2-0; Saucedo 5-3; Walby 3-2; McClelland 3-1; Robson 1-0.
Batters faced: Vieaux 33; Amedee 5; McGarry 6; Saucedo 24; Walby 9; McClelland 6; Robson 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Amedee 1-0; McGarry 2-0.
Umpires: HP: J.C. Velez. 1B: Greg Roemer.
Weather: 84 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Varies.
First pitch: 6:34 PM.
T: 2:57.
Att: 378.
Venue: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
July 17, 2017

Bradenton won 7-5 over Dunedin on Monday night. Cam Vieaux started and had some trouble, but made it through 6.2 innings and threw 104 pitches. He surrendered four runs (three earned) on ten hits and four walks. Vieaux had five strikeouts and an 8:3 GO/AO ratio. Jess Amedee got the win with a scoreless inning, stranding one inherited runner. Seth McGarry gave up one run in 1.1 innings, but he did his job by stranding two inherited runners in the eighth inning. He has a 1.23 ERA in 36.2 innings this season.

Cole Tucker was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and his 36th stolen base. He picked up his 15th double. Ke’Bryan Hayes went 2-for-4 with a walk and his fifth double. He scored two runs and picked up an RBI. Mitchell Tolman had two hits, two walks and he drove in two runs. He collected his 11th double and scored a run. He is batting .328/.400/.483 this month in 14 games. Jordan George had a pair of hits and a walk to extend his hit streak to 13 games.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
GBO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
WVA 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 x 4 10 0


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Valerio SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283 .304 .435
Munoz, C 1B 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .280 .387 .405
Baur DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .289 .370 .421
Owen LF 4 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 1 .291 .387 .504
   1-Nagle PR-LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .158 .238 .158
Pabst C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .249 .305 .331
Arbet 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .297 .409
Eagan CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243 .300 .344
Brown, G RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .294 .324 .324
Mahala 2B 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .309 .302
Escobar P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jess P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Eusebio P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

1-Ran for Owen in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Mahala (8, Lee); Owen (19, Lakind).
HR: Owen (11, 6th inning off Lee, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Baur; Eagan; Brown, G; Valerio; Mahala 2; Owen 6; Arbet; Munoz, C 2.
RBI: Baur (36); Owen 2 (42); Pabst (18).
2-out RBI: Baur.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Arbet.
SF: Pabst.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Brown, G (3, 2nd base by Lee/Rindfleisch).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Escobar (W, 7-5) 5.1 4 0 0 2 5 0 4.19 11.41 3.98
Jess (H, 3) 1.2 3 0 0 0 4 0 2.32 10.93 2.14
Eusebio (S, 1) 2 1 0 0 0 5 0 0.00 12.6 3.6


Game Scores: Lee 51; Escobar 65.
WP: Escobar.
HBP: Twine (by Escobar).
Pitches-strikes: Lee 81-62; Lakind 33-20; Escobar 87-54; Jess 31-24; Eusebio 31-21.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lee 9-2; Lakind 3-1; Escobar 8-1; Jess 1-0; Eusebio 1-0.
Batters faced: Lee 24; Lakind 9; Escobar 23; Jess 8; Eusebio 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Jess 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Sam Burch. 1B: Zach Neff.
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, Varies.
First pitch: 7:08 PM.
T: 2:36.
Att: 2,424.
Venue: Appalachian Power Park.
July 17, 2017

West Virginia won 4-0 behind the pitching of Luis Escobar and the hitting of Hunter Owen. Escobar threw 5.1 shutout innings in this game, leaving after 87 pitches, with 54 going for strikes. He did a good job of keeping runs off the board, allowing four hits, two walks, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch. There was at least one runner on base during all six innings he pitched. Escobar struck out five batters to give him 109 on the season and he posted an impressive 8:1 GO/AO ratio. Jordan Jess and Julio Eusebio combined for nine strikeouts over the final 3.2 innings.

If you read The Twenty this morning, I talked about Owen being blocked at third base, where his defense is below average. I also mentioned that he needs to be in a corner outfield spot because I’ve seen him handle that spot well. That article turned out to be good timing because he was in left field for the first time tonight. He homered for the 11th time this season and collected his 19th double. This is his eighth straight game with an extra-base hit. Carlos Munoz had two hits and two runs scored. Adrian Valerio went 1-for-4.

Jared Lakind, who was released by the Pirates just over a week ago, signed with the Marlins and made his debut with them in this game. I’m guessing he started low after some time off. He gave up one run in two innings.

Prospect-Watch-Morgantown

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
WEV 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 4 10 0
AUB 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Oliva CF 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .232 .286 .304
Madris RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .224 .312 .328
Stafford C 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .220 .319 .390
Busby 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .235 .297 .353
Siri 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266 .347 .375
Barraza 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .231 .333 .385
Tancas LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .259 .298 .315
Glendinning DH 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .154 .421 .231
Walker SS 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .318 .194
Schlabach P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kemp P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Fernandez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Barraza (5, Raquet); Walker (1, Tetreault); Oliva (5, Tetreault).
TB: Glendinning; Tancas; Oliva 4; Busby; Barraza 2; Siri; Walker 2; Madris.
RBI: Tancas (6); Madris (8); Stafford (6); Oliva (8).
2-out RBI: Tancas.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Walker; Tancas; Busby; Stafford 2.
SAC: Siri; Walker.
SF: Stafford.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Oliva (6, 2nd base off Cousins/Perkins).
CS: Siri (7, 2nd base by Raquet/Perkins); Glendinning (1, 2nd base by Tetreault/Perkins).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Madris (Ortiz, O at 2nd base).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Schlabach (W, 2-2) 6 4 1 1 2 5 0 1.97 6.19 1.97
Kemp (H, 1) 2 3 1 1 1 3 0 4.15 11.77 2.08
Fernandez (S, 1) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.18 11.12 2.65


Game Scores: Schlabach 66; Raquet 53.
Balk: Cousins.
Pitches-strikes: Schlabach 74-46; Kemp 31-19; Fernandez 18-10; Raquet 47-31; Cousins 29-21; Tetreault 45-28.
Groundouts-flyouts: Schlabach 9-1; Kemp 1-1; Fernandez 0-0; Raquet 7-2; Cousins 4-1; Tetreault 3-2.
Batters faced: Schlabach 23; Kemp 10; Fernandez 3; Raquet 16; Cousins 9; Tetreault 14.
Umpires: HP: Matt Baldwin. 1B: John Boccio.
Weather: 77 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 3 mph, L to R.
First pitch: 7:05 PM.
T: 2:23.
Att: 1,518.
Venue: Falcon Park.
July 17, 2017

Morgantown got a strong outing from Ike Schlabach in their 4-2 win on Monday. Schlabach has had terrific results this season, with one odd stat that stood out from the rest. He has been known as a ground ball pitcher in the past and this year he has been getting more fly balls. That changed on Monday, as in his six innings of work, he posted a 9:1 GO/AO ratio. Schlabach allowed one run on four hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. He now has a 1.97 ERA in 32 innings and has allowed one earned run in his last 18 innings of work.

The Black Bears had ten hits on the night, with seven players picking up one hit each. Jared Oliva had three hits out of the lead-off spot, while Deon Stafford was the only player to come up empty, although he did pick up an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Oliva had a run scored, an RBI, his fifth double and his sixth stolen base. Dylan Busby had off the last two games after a four-strikeout night on Friday. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Bligh Madris had a single, walk, RBI and an outfield assist. Robbie Glendinning had two walks, a single and a run scored.

Prospect-Watch-Bristol
Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
PRI 0 0 0 0 3 0 7 1 0 11 13 0
BRI 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Contreras, Y RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .300 .300
Delay C 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250 .364 .357
Bengtson 3B 3 1 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 .333 .444 .511
Fuentes, H DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .241 .328 .333
Diorio LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .298 .433 .574
De Jesus, J 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221 .286 .364
Peurifoy CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .293 .333 .463
Jimenez, M SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .280 .377 .300
Perez 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283 .358 .413
Stratton P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ward P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Hernandez, M P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Fischer P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Romano P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Rosario, H P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304 .385 .571

BATTING
HR: Bengtson (2, 1st inning off Peguero, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Contreras, Y; Delay; Perez; De Jesus, J; Bengtson 4.
RBI: Bengtson 3 (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diorio.
GIDP: Peurifoy.
Team RISP: 2-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
CS: Perez (1, 2nd base by Sanders, P/Miller).
PO: Jimenez, M (1st base by Peguero).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Diorio (Bridgman at 3rd base).
DP: 2 (Perez-Jimenez, M-De Jesus, J; Jimenez, M-De Jesus, J).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Stratton 4 5 2 2 2 7 0 2.08 10.59 4.76
Ward 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 6.43 10.29 6.43
Hernandez, M (L, 0-2) 0 0 5 5 4 0 0 8.18 7.36 9
Fischer 1 1 2 2 2 2 0 4.15 12.38 7.88
Romano 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 5.87 7.2 1.2
Rosario, H 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 6 9


Stratton pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.
Hernandez, M pitched to 5 batters in the 7th.

Game Scores: Peguero 38; Stratton 51.
WP: Peguero; Hernandez, M; Fischer.
Balk: Peguero.
HBP: Santiago (by Hernandez, M).
Pitches-strikes: Peguero 67-39; Sanders, P 34-25; Arias 32-19; Stratton 74-46; Ward 22-14; Hernandez, M 24-6; Fischer 29-15; Romano 16-11; Rosario, H 9-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peguero 3-4; Sanders, P 1-4; Arias 1-2; Stratton 4-0; Ward 2-1; Hernandez, M 0-0; Fischer 0-1; Romano 2-0; Rosario, H 0-1.
Batters faced: Peguero 17; Sanders, P 9; Arias 7; Stratton 19; Ward 7; Hernandez, M 5; Fischer 6; Romano 5; Rosario, H 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Ward 3-2; Fischer 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Chris Silvestri. 1B: Josh Gilreath.
Weather: 88 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, Varies.
First pitch: 7:00 PM.
T: 2:53.
Att: 873.
Venue: Boyce Cox Field.
July 17, 2017

Bristol started the bottom of the first inning with singles by Yondry Contreras and Jason Delay, followed by a three-run homer from Ben Bengtson. That gave them a 3-0 lead, but by the end of the game, they were on the wrong end of an 11-3 score. The Pirates also had a single and a walk after the home run, so it looked like it would be a big night for their offense. After putting five runners on in the first inning, they collected one single and three walks the rest of the game, with a caught stealing and a double play immediately erasing two of those runners.

Hunter Stratton started and held that 3-0 lead into the fifth inning. In the fifth, the first three batters reached against him and he left with the bases loaded and no outs. Mason Ward came on and allowed two of those runners to score, plus one run of his own. Things fell apart when Miguel Hernandez came out for the seventh inning. He walked four batters and hit another before being removed. Just six of his 24 pitches went for strikes and all five runners ended up scoring. By the end of the night, outfielder Henrry Rosario was on the mound making his third appearance.

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Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
PIR 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 8 3
TGW 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 2 x 7 6 0


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Sanchez CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .294 .368 .426
Ngoepe 2B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .163 .288 .286
Alemais SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .310 .394 .448
Martin RF 4 2 4 1 0 1 3 0 0 .316 .500 .684
Castro, R 3B 4 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 .309 .377 .491
Vizcaino, E LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .273 .400
Granberry C 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 .196 .268 .314
Perez, C 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .340 .306
Portorreal DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .254 .342 .418
Bolton P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Shields P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Quinones P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sousa P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Castro, R (6, Reuss); Martin (1, Crosby).
3B: Granberry (2, Arriera); Castro, R (2, Crosby).
HR: Martin (2, 2nd inning off Arriera, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Martin 8; Perez, C; Granberry 3; Castro, R 5.
RBI: Martin 3 (5); Castro, R (8).
2-out RBI: Martin 2; Castro, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez, C 3; Vizcaino, E; Ngoepe.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
CS: Portorreal (2, home by Crosby/McMillan).

FIELDING
E: Castro, R (4, fielding); Granberry (2, throw); Vizcaino, E (1, fielding).
DP: (Quinones-Granberry-Perez, C).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Bolton 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.80 9 1.8
Shields 1.2 1 3 1 2 2 0 2.70 4.85 9.69
Quinones (L, 0-3) 2.1 3 2 1 0 1 0 3.65 1.5 0
Sousa 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 6.94 9 7.36


Game Scores: Bolton 56; Arriera 49.
WP: Shields; Crosby 2.
HBP: McMillan (by Shields); Tejeda, B (by Quinones); McMillan (by Sousa).
Groundouts-flyouts: Bolton 5-2; Shields 2-0; Quinones 4-1; Sousa 1-1; Arriera 3-2; Reuss 0-2; Crosby 1-0; Lescher 1-1; Carlton 0-0.
Batters faced: Bolton 11; Shields 9; Quinones 12; Sousa 6; Arriera 11; Reuss 10; Crosby 8; Lescher 7; Carlton 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Quinones 3-2; Crosby 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Dylan Bradley. 1B: Tyler Witte.
Weather: 88 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, R to L.
First pitch: 12:02 PM.
T: 2:52.
Venue: Tigertown.
July 17, 2017

The GCL Pirates lost 7-4 to the Tigers West on a big day for 17th round pick Mason Martin. After signing for a $350,000 bonus, Martin quickly got into games and started off slow with a lot of strikeouts in his first few games. He homered on Saturday, but really looked good on this day. Martin went 4-for-4, falling a triple short of the cycle. He homered in the second inning, singled in the fourth and then hit a two-run double in the fifth. In the seventh inning, he hit another single with one out, so it looked like he would get a second shot at the cycle, but the final eight Pirates were retired in a row.

Martin’s performance overshadowed a strong outing by Cody Bolton in his second pro start. The sixth round pick threw three shutout innings, allowing a single and a walk, with two strikeouts and a 5:2 GO/AO ratio. The only hit he allowed was an infield single.

Austin Shields pitched in relief and had some control issues mixed with a costly error behind him. The Pirates committed three errors in this game and all three led to unearned runs. Shields allowed one hit and two walks, with a hit batter and wild pitch also mixed in. Three runs scored against him, but only one was earned.

Rodolfo Castro had two hits, including a double and a triple, to give him a .309 average. Stephen Alemais went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Calvin Mitchell missed his third game with an eye infection.

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Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
DID 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 8 8 1
DPI 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 1 0 7 9 3


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Eusebio CF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .172 .319 .247
Acuna SS 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 .196 .401 .275
Inoa C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .355 .452 .559
Apostel 3B 3 3 3 1 0 0 3 2 0 .274 .372 .524
Paulino 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .248 .355 .400
Alcime RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .188 .232 .219
Simmons 2B 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .220 .409 .240
Castillo LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .185 .328 .259
   Garcia, C LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .176 .358 .353
Lantigua DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .235 .372 .235
   a-Soto PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .426 .295
Bido P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Arrieta P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Machado P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Martinez, A P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Gonzalez, J P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

a-Grounded out for Lantigua in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Apostel (8, Medina).
TB: Simmons 3; Apostel 4; Castillo; Alcime; Inoa.
RBI: Castillo (7); Apostel 3 (37); Paulino (11); Acuna (13).
2-out RBI: Castillo; Acuna.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Paulino 3; Lantigua 4; Inoa 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-17.
Team LOB: 13.

BASERUNNING
CS: Acuna (2, 2nd base by De Jesus, W/Torres).

FIELDING
E: Bido 2 (4, pickoff, pickoff); Arrieta (2, throw).
PB: Inoa (8).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Bido (L, 0-5) 3.2 4 4 3 4 1 0 7.18 6.92 5.88
Arrieta 1.1 4 4 1 0 2 0 3.75 4.13 3.75
Machado 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.84 7.5 4.5
Martinez, A 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 13.5 9
Gonzalez, J 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.84 8.25 2.25


Alberro pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

Game Scores: De Jesus, W 53; Bido 35.
WP: De Jesus, W 2; Gomez; Medina; Alberro 2; Acosta; Bido 2.
HBP: Maestre (by Arrieta).
Groundouts-flyouts: De Jesus, W 1-2; Gomez 0-1; Medina 2-0; Alberro 2-1; Acosta 3-2; Bido 6-3; Arrieta 1-2; Machado 2-2; Martinez, A 1-1; Gonzalez, J 1-2.
Batters faced: De Jesus, W 12; Gomez 6; Medina 8; Alberro 14; Acosta 7; Bido 19; Arrieta 10; Machado 6; Martinez, A 3; Gonzalez, J 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Alberro 2-0; Acosta 1-1; Arrieta 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Zoilo Sanchez. 1B: Juan Gomez.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, Varies.
First pitch: 10:30 AM.
T: 3:37.
Venue: TBD.
July 17, 2017

The DSL Pirates lost 8-7 on Monday despite scoring the final six runs of the game. Starter Osvaldo Bido and reliever Luis Arrieta had tough games, partially due to their own defense. Over five innings of combined work, they allowed all eight runs and committed three errors, which led to four unearned runs. After Arrieta left, three relievers combined to retired the final 12 batters in order.

The comeback by the Pirates fell one run short, but they had plenty of chances to score. They went 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base. All-Star third baseman Sherten Apostel went 3-for-3 with two walks and his eighth double. He has driven in 37 runs in 33 games. Francisco Acuna had four walks, a run scored and an RBI. Jean Eusebio had two walks and a run scored. All-Star catcher Samuel Inoa had a single, walk and a run scored. Kyle Simmons picked up three hits. Larry Alcime had a single, walk and run scored. Pedro Castillo went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. He missed the last two weeks with a quad injury.

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