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The FCL game between the Pirates’ two squads was canceled well in advance, with a good weather forecast. In all likelihood, there’s been a positive COVID test, or more than one. Bradenton will try again to play a doubleheader at Clearwater.
Starting Pitcher: Dillon Peters 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Tucupita Marcano 1-6, HR (1)
Cole Tucker 2-6, 2 HR (5)
Jared Oliva 2-6, 2 2B
Michael Chavis 3-4, 2 2B, HR (8), 2 HBP
Fabricio Macias 2-5
Joe Jacques 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Indianapolis (40-42) suddenly has a bunch of interesting players, as they showed in a 13-1 win over Iowa. The Indians piled up 18 hits, including five doubles and five home runs. Tucupita Marcano and Cole Tucker opened the game with back-to-back shots, Marcano’s first with the Pirates and Tucker’s fourth on the year. Tucker later hit another one, although it was off a third baseman pitching the ninth. Tucker’s five home runs, oddly, have come in just three games. Michael Chavis reached base five times on two doubles, his eighth AAA home run of the year, and two hit batsmen. He scored four times and drove in a pair. Jared Oliva had a pair of doubles and Bligh Madris had three hits, including a double. On the pitching side, recent acquisition Dillon Peters threw no-hit ball for five innings. Joe Jacques followed with two scoreless innings. Steven Wright allowed the only run in the eighth and Shea Spitzbarth, newly returned from Pittsburgh, pitched the ninth.
Starting Pitcher: Trey McGough 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Ji-Hwan Bae 0-3, BB
Diego Castillo 1-4
Jack Suwinski 1-4
Mason Martin 0-3, BB
Cal Mitchell 1-3, SF
Matt Fraizer 2-4, 2B
Altoona scored a run in the top of the eighth to break a tie with Akron, but gave up ten runs in the bottom half and went on to lose, 12-3. Trey McGough had a good start, giving up two runs and fanning eight over six innings. In the eighth, though, Shea Murray, Cristofer Melendez and Oddy Nunez combined to engineer the ten-run disaster. Matt Fraizer had a single and a double, and newcomer Carter Bins had a double.
Starting Pitcher: J.C. Flowers 3.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Liover Peguero 0-4
Nick Gonzales 1-3, HBP
Jared Triolo 1-3, BB
Blake Sabol 2-4, 2B
Aaron Shackelford 2-4
Greensboro (51-32) continued getting battered by Hickory, losing 16-2. The Crawdads have 54 runs in five games against the Grasshoppers this week. J.C. Flowers continued his recent struggles, giving up six earned runs over three and a third innings. Garrett Leonard gave up a run over three and two-thirds while striking out six, but Sergio Umana allowed seven runs in an inning that included four gopher balls. The Hoppers didn’t score until Blake Sabol drove in a run with a double in the ninth and Aaron Shackelford followed with a single. Those two each had two hits, the same number as the rest of the team.
Starting Pitcher: Adrian Florencio 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K and Logan Hofmann (3-2, 2.88, 50 IP, 64 K)
Maikol Escotto 2-5, 2B
Hudson Head 1-3, HR (12), SF
Endy Rodriguez 2-4, HR (9)
Dariel Lopez 1-3, SF
Abrahan Gutierrez 3-6, 2 BB
Jack Herman 2-7, HR (6), BB
Alexander Mojica 2-3, 2B
Justin Meis 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Bradenton (49-32) got an outstanding start from Adrian Florencio and beat Clearwater in the first game of their doubleheader, 7-0. Florencio went six innings and allowed just one hit while striking out nine. Nick Dombkowski, signed after the draft as an NDFA, made his pro debut with a scoreless inning to finish the game. The Marauders had 14 hits, with every starter getting one or two. Jack Herman had two hits, including his sixth home run for Bradenton, and drove in three. Endy Rodriguez hit his ninth longball and Ernny Ordonez his fourth. Maikol Escotto had a single and a double, and Daniel Rivero reached base all four times up, with two hits and two walks.
The Marauders finished the sweep with an 8-3 win in the second game. Logan Hofmann had a good start, retiring the first 13 batters he faced. He finally gave up a single and a home run in the fifth. Those were the only runners he allowed in five innings and, like Florencio, he fanned nine. Bradenton had another pro debut, this time tenth-round draft pick Justin Meis. He allowed a run over the last two innings on two hits and a walk, while fanning four. Between the two games, Marauders pitchers fanned 23 and gave up five hits. Bradenton broke the game open with a five-run second inning, capped by a three-run home run by Hudson Head, giving him a dozen on the year. He later recorded a fourth RBI with a sacrifice fly. Yoyner Fajardo had a big day, with a double, triple, walk, three runs and two RBIs. Abrahan Gutierrez had two hits, and Alexander Mojica had a single and a double.
FCL PIRATES BLACK
The Pirates vs. Pirates game was canceled the day before.
FCL PIRATES GOLD
The Pirates vs. Pirates game was canceled the day before.
DSL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: Kevison Hernandez 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Enmanuel Terrero 0-1, 3 BB
Shalin Polanco 0-4, SB
Ewry Espinal 1-4, SB
The Black team (11-8) beat the Gold team (6-14), 4-3. Kevison Hernandez made his second pro start for the winners and retired all six batters he faced, half on strikeouts. Diego Chiquillo also threw two scoreless innings, and Jonathan Salazar and Luis Gonzalez combined to throw shutout ball over the last two innings. Jose Garces started for the Gold team and gave up two runs in two innings. He fanned five, but also threw four wild pitches. Luis Brito pitched scorelessly the last two innings. As usual, there weren’t many hits. The Black team had four and the Gold team had six, all singles. Enmanuel Terrero drew three walks for the Black team and Ewry Espinal had one hit and two runs. Catcher Fabian Urbina had two hits. For the Gold team, Rodolfo De La Cruz had a hit, a walk and a run. Jeral Toledo had a hit and an RBI.
DSL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Jose Garces 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Jeral Toledo 1-3, HBP
Wesley Zapata 1-3
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.