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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Prospect Watch: Bradenton Gets a Pair of Walkoffs

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Season preview


Starting Pitcher:  Cam Vieaux 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 0-4

Cole Tucker 1-4

Michael Chavis 3-4, 2B

Jared Oliva 0-3

Sam Howard 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (43-47) got hammered by Toledo, 7-1.  Cam Vieaux did himself in with control problems, as he walked six in four innings.  He gave up four runs and Tanner Anderson gave up the other three while retiring only one batter.  Sam Howard started his rehab, facing four batters and recording two outs.  John O’Reilly threw a scoreless inning and Joe Jacques threw two.  The offense didn’t do much, apart from Michael Chavis.  He had three hits, including a double.  The rest of the lineup had four singles.



Season Preview


Starting Pitcher:  Travis MacGregor 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 2-5

Ji-Hwan Bae 0-3, BB

Diego Castillo 2-4, 2B

Mason Martin 1-4

Jack Suwinski 0-4

Cal Mitchell 1-4, 2B

Carter Bins 0-3, BB

Game Recap:

Altoona (47-42) got trounced by Somerset, 9-1.  Travis MacGregor and Steven Jennings continued to struggle.  They combined to fan a dozen in seven innings, but they also allowed eight runs.  On the day, Altoona pitchers struck out 16, but Somerset had 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position.  Matt Fraizer had two hits, and Diego Castillo had a single and a double.  Cal Mitchell had a double and Mason Martin drove in the only run.



Season Preview


Starting Pitcher:  Grant Ford 3 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 0-4, SF

Nick Gonzales 2-5

Jared Triolo 2-4, 2B, BB

Blake Sabol 2-4, 3B, BB

Henry Davis 2-4, HR (1), SF

Will Matthiessen 3-5, 2B

Aaron Shackelford 2-5

Game Recap:

Bowling Green has the highest-scoring offense in what used to be the South Atlantic League and they’ve done plenty of damage against Greensboro pitching.  They had an especially productive day in this one, beating the Grasshoppers (58-33), 17-8.  Grant Ford, Bear Bellomy, Garrett Leonard and Oliver Garcia all pitched badly, allowing 14 hits total, including five dingerz.  The first three also walked ten, and Ford and Garcia each hit a batter (the same guy).  The Hoppers got plenty of offense, but it wasn’t nearly enough.  Will Matthiessen continued his surge with a double and two singles.  He’s batting .366 and slugging .756 in August.  Henry Davis hit his first full-season home run and caught a runner stealing.  Nick Gonzales, Jared Triolo, Blake Sabol and Aaron Shackelford each had two hits, and Triolo stole his 21st base in 25 tries.



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Suspended Game Boxscore

Regularly Scheduled Game Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Nick Garcia 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 0-5, 4 BB, HBP

Endy Rodriguez 2-7, 2 2B

Dariel Lopez 2-6, HR (5)

Eli Wilson 1-2, BB, HBP

Abrahan Gutierrez 1-6, BB

Maikol Escotto 2-8, BB

Sammy Siani 1-4, HR (8)

Jase Bowen 0-6, BB

Alexander Mojica 1-8, 2 BB

Jackson Glenn 3-4, 2 2B, BB

Jack Herman 4-6, HR (7)

Oliver Mateo 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Game Recap:

Fifth-round pick Jackson Glenn hit a walkoff single in his first at-bat for Bradenton as the Marauders won the completion of a game with Clearwater that was suspended back on July 11.  The game was stopped due to lightning in the middle of the ninth with the score tied, 4-4.  It stayed that way into the tenth and Wandi Montout kept the free runner from scoring.  In the bottom half, a fielders choice put the Marauders’ runner on third and an intentional walk loaded the bases to Glenn.  He crushed one to deep left center that the outfielders didn’t bother chasing, so it went for a single.  Back when most of the game got played, Steven Brault was the starter and threw an inning and two-thirds.  Jared Jones actually got roughed up some in relief, giving up three runs in three and a third innings.  Dariel Lopez hit what was then his fifth home run.  Sammy Siani, who’s been on the injured list for a month, hit his eighth.

The Marauders (55-33) got another tenth-inning walkoff in the regularly scheduled game, this time on a three-run bomb by Jack Herman.  The final was 7-4.  Bradenton had a couple starters come out early.  Lopez was replaced by Glenn to start the third inning after he failed to score from third on a fly ball, possibly because he forgot how many outs there were.  The Marauders took a 2-0 lead in the third, but lost Endy Rodriguez in the process.  He doubled in a run, then scored on a double by Glenn, but he may have tweaked something and was replaced for the fourth.  Nick Garcia had the sort of start he seems to have a lot; he threw four scoreless innings, then came apart in the fifth.  He gave up four runs, three on a home run, and left with one out.  Justin Meis threw a scoreless inning and two-thirds, and Carlos Campos followed that with three perfect innings.  Bradenton scored two in the ninth to tie the game.  They loaded the bases with one out and got a run each on a walk to Escotto and a single by Alexander Mojica.  The Marauders had a chance to win it with the bases still loaded, but Ernny Ordonez popped out and Jase Bowen fanned for the fourth time.  Oliver Mateo started the tenth badly, walking the first two hitters to load the bases, but he fanned the next three.  In the bottom half, Abrahan Gutierrez led off with a walk and Herman followed with his seventh home run for Bradenton.  Herman had four hits, three runs and three RBIs in the game.  He’s 12-for-29 (.414) in his last six games.  Glenn had two doubles.



Season Preview


Starting Pitcher:  Christopher Cruz 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Juan Jerez 5-5, 2B, HR (3), 2 SB

Solomon Maguire 1-2, 2 BB, SF

Wyatt Hendrie 1-4, 2B, BB

Game Recap:

The Black team (13-17) beat the Red Sox, 8-3.  Juan Jerez had himself a day, going 5-for-5.  That included a double, his third home run of the year, two runs and two RBIs.  He even stole two bases.  Jerez is now batting 295/402/486.  Starter Christopher Cruz managed to go three and two-thirds while allowing just an unearned run, but he walked four.  Jorge Ramos gave up the other two runs and Yoelvis Reyes retired the last six batters, three on strikes, for the save.  Wyatt Hendrie and Carlos Canache each had a double, and Solomon Maguire had a single and two walks.  Deion Walker had a triple.



Season Preview


Starting Pitcher:  Dante Mendoza 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 2-5, 3B

Rodolfo Nolasco 0-4, HBP

Geovanny Planchart 1-3, 2 BB

Listher Sosa 2 IP, 3 K

Game Recap:

The Gold team (19-11) lost to the Orioles Black, 8-5.  The starter was Dante Mendoza.  If your memory is good, you’ll know that the Pirates obtained him in a trade with Cleveland, along with Tahnaj Thomas and some guy who makes outs.  Mendoza  seems to be rehabbing, as this was only the second time he’s pitched this year and he was on a very low pitch count.  His first pitch left the yard, then he got two outs and walked a batter before departing.  Adrian Mendez followed and got hammered, allowing five runs over one inning.  Andy Maldonado followed and gave up two runs while fanning five over four and a third.  Listher Sosa pitched the last two innings and was sort-of perfect; the only baserunner reached on a strikeout-and-wild-pitch.  Randy Romero and Tsung-Che Cheng each had two hits, with Cheng getting a triple.  Designated ringer Claudio Finol had a double and a triple.  Luke Brown entered late and went 0-for-1 with a walk.




Starting Pitcher:  Antwone Kelly 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

Enmanuel Terrero 0-2, BB, HBP

Shalin Polanco 0-3, BB

Ronny Sanchez 2-4, 2B

Game Recap:

The Black team (13-11) lost to the Royals  White, 4-2.  Antwone Kelly didn’t have a good start, allowing four walks and three runs, while getting five outs.  Luis C. Gonzalez, Yoldin De La Paz and Jesus Clode followed, giving up just one hit and one unearned run, both off De La Paz, over the last four and a third.  The Pirates had only three hits, two of them by Ronny Sanchez, one of those a double.




Starting Pitcher:  Roelmy Garcia 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Rodolfo De La Cruz 2-4, 2B

Gustavo Armas 0-4

Esmerlyn Valdez 2-4, 2B

Osvaldo Gavilan 2-4, 2B

Jeral Toledo 0-3

Game Recap:

The Gold team (7-17) beat the Diamondbacks2, 6-3.  Rodolfo De La Cruz, Esmerlyn Valdez and Osvaldo Gavilan each had a single and a double.  Valdez and De La Cruz each drove in two.  Robert De La Paula had a double and a walk, and Jhonson Pena a single and a walk, and each scored twice.  Starter Roelmy Garcia fanned six over two and two-thirds innings.  He allowed just an unearned run, but had some control issues, walking three.  On the season he’s fanned 19 in 10.1 IP, although he’s also walked 14 and hit five.  Patricio Ress and Wilkin Valdez combined for another three and a third innings without a run.

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Having followed the Pirates fanatically since 1965, Wilbur Miller is one of the fast-dwindling number of fans who’ve actually seen good Pirate teams. He’s even seen Hall-of-Fame Pirates who didn’t get traded mid-career, if you can imagine such a thing. His first in-person game was a 5-4, 11-inning win at Forbes Field over Milwaukee (no, not that one). He’s been writing about the Pirates at various locations online for over 20 years. It has its frustrations, but it’s certainly more cathartic than writing legal stuff. Wilbur is retired and now lives in Bradenton with his wife and three temperamental cats.


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