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Tropical Depression Fred wiped out the entire DSL schedule today. The FCL Pirates Black saw their game against the Braves canceled well ahead of time. After COVID-related cancellations of their last three games, this one was ostensibly due to rain, but the radar map showed no rain anywhere in the region. The Black team has now had four straight games canceled; they last played six days ago.
Bradenton was rained out. They’ll try to play two tomorrow, but I wouldn’t place any bets on them getting both games in.
Starting Pitcher: James Marvel 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Tucupita Marcano 0-4, BB
Ka’ai Tom 1-5
Jared Oliva 0-5
Michael Chavis 0-4
Cole Tucker 0-2, 2 BB
Fabricio Macias 2-3, HBP
Hunter Stratton 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Indianapolis (42-44) lost to St. Paul, 3-2. The Indians did their best imitation of the parent club, going 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Taylor Davis drove in both runs, one with a bases-loaded walk and the other with a ground out. James Marvel started and gave up three runs over five innings. Hunter Stratton had a good outing after struggling in his first couple AAA outings; he fanned four over two scoreless innings. Shea Spitzbarth and Keury Mella each threw a scoreless frame. Indy had only six hits, two by Fabricio Macias. Chris Sharpe and Ka’ai Tom each had a double.
Starting Pitchers: Travis MacGregor 2.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K and Jeffrey Passantino 5.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Matt Fraizer 2-6, 2B
Ji-Hwan Bae 0-3
Diego Castillo 2-6
Jack Suwinski 0-6
Mason Martin 1-4, 2 BB
Carter Bins 1-2, BB
Cal Mitchell 1-4, 2B, BB, HBP
The first game of Altoona’s (46-39) doubleheader with Erie was a 15-1 blowout loss. Travis MacGregor got knocked out in a ten-run third inning. He was charged with eight runs, seven earned. In seven starts since the beginning of July, his ERA is 8.59. Steven Jennings gave up another four runs and Oddy Nunez three. The Curve had only five hits. Cal Mitchell drove in the only run with a second-inning double.
Game Two wasn’t any better. Jeffrey Passantino served up gopher balls to the first three batters he faced and the Curve offense managed just three hits as Erie finished the sweep, 6-0. The gopher balls didn’t stop at three, as Passantino allowed five before departing in the sixth. Matt Fraizer had a double and Diego Castillo had two singles. Along with two walks and a hit batsman, that was all the offense.
Starting Pitcher: Domingo Gonzalez 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Nick Gonzales 1-5, 2B
Jared Triolo 1-4, HR (11), BB
Blake Sabol 2-5, 2B
Henry Davis 1-3, 3B, BB
Greensboro (55-32) edged Winston-Salem, 5-4. Domingo Gonzalez’ third start for the Grasshoppers went better than the first two. He gave up two runs over six innings. After falling behind 2-0, the Hoppers got single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Jared Triolo got the first with his 11th home run of the year. He’s now batting 300/355/462, and he’s hit slightly better on the road, so those aren’t Greensboro numbers. The Hoppers also scored on a single by Yoyner Fajardo and a bases-loaded walk to Will Matthiessen. In the top of the eighth, Matthiessen drove in two more with a double. It would have been a three-run hit but for a blown call on a force at third. Winston-Salem got those two back in the bottom half on a home run off Colin Selby. Will Kobos got a popup and two strikeouts in a quick ninth for the save. A former 19th-round draft pick, Kobos has now fanned 64 in 40.2 IP while allowing just 19 hits. Henry Davis served as DH in his Greensboro debut and his first AB wasn’t one you’ll see a lot. He hit a towering fly ball off the wall in right-center, then went for an inside-the-park home run when the ball rolled away toward center. Davis was thrown out, but at least got credit for a triple. He grounded out, struck out and walked in his other times up.
Starting Pitcher: Miguel Yajure (0-0, 0.00, 1.2 IP, 1 K)
Postponed, to be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.
FCL PIRATES BLACK
Postponed, to be made up on August 16.
FCL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Luke Brown 0-2, BB
Tsung-Che Cheng 0-3, BB
Rodolfo Nolasco 0-3
Mike Jarvis 0-2
Alessandro Ercolani 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
The Gold team (16-10) got only one hit in a 4-1 loss to the Twins. Starter Valentin Linarez threw two scoreless innings, pitching out of a second-and-third, no-out jam in the second. He fanned three, giving him 29 strikeouts in 16 innings. Alessandro Ercolani gave up a run over three innings. Darvin Garcia allowed just two hits and no walks over three innings and fanned six. One of the hits, though, was a triple following two hit batsmen, with a fly ball bringing in a third run. Sixth-round draft pick Mike Jarvis made his pro debut, playing short and going 0-for-2 with an error. Twentieth rounder Brenden Dixon made his debut, playing second and walking in both of his plate appearances. Ninth-rounder Luke Brown got into his second game, going 0-for-2 with a walk. He left for pinch hitter Jasiah Dixon, who singled for the Gold team’s only hit. Sergio Campana scored the only run, drawing a leadoff walk in the seventh and coming around on two ground outs and a wild pitch. Campana fanned his other three times up.
DSL PIRATES BLACK
DSL PIRATES GOLD
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.