Prospect Watch: Not a Good Day for Pitching Prospects

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The two FCL teams were supposed to play each other in a regularly scheduled game, as well as finishing a suspended game from yesterday, but the games were canceled.  It can’t have been the weather, so it’s possible they’re having a COVID problem again.

INDIANAPOLIS

(7:05pm)

Season preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Beau Sulser 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 1-4, BB

Jared Oliva 2-4, BB

Michael Chavis 0-4, BB

Cole Tucker 1-3, HR (6), BB

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (45-49) edged Toledo, 5-4.  The Indians fell behind early, 3-0, as starter Beau Sulser gave up the three runs over five innings.  Indy tied the game in the fifth on Hunter Owen’s 14th home run and singles by Taylor Davis, Tucupita Marcano and Jared Oliva, combined with an error.  Besides the four hits in that inning, Indy had only two others, both in the seventh when they took a 5-3 lead.  Cole Tucker led off with his sixth home run.  Oliva later singled again to drive in another unearned run.  Joe Jacques threw an inning and two-thirds in relief, getting all five outs on strikeouts.  Keury Mella went the last two and a third.  The ninth was dramatic.  A two-out double and triple made it 5-4, then two walks loaded the bases.  Mella got the last out by fanning Spencer Torkelson.

ALTOONA

(6:00pm)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Omar Cruz 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 0-3, BB

Matt Fraizer 0-3, HBP

Diego Castillo 2-4

Mason Martin 1-4, 2B

Jack Suwinski 1-3, 2B

Cal Mitchell 0-3, BB

Game Recap:

Altoona (50-43) lost to Somerset, 7-1.  Omar Cruz didn’t have much, giving up ten hits and five earned runs over five innings.  The Curve had just four hits, two by Diego Castillo.  Mason Martin had a double.  The only run came on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly by Jack Suwinski.

GREENSBORO

(6:30pm)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Carmen Mlodzinski 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 0-4

Nick Gonzales 1-4, 2B

Jared Triolo 0-3

Henry Davis 0-3

J.C. Flowers 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Game Recap:

Bowling Green continued bombing away at Greensboro, routing the Grasshoppers (59-36), 10-0.  Carmen Mlodzinski ran into the power show this time, giving up two runs in each of the first two innings before departing.  Three of the runs came on a pair of homers.  Bear Bellomy, J.C. Flowers and Garrett Leonard each allowed two runs, although somehow there was only one more gopher ball.  The Hoppers had just one hit in the game, a double by Nick Gonzales.  Their only other runner came on an error and they fanned 13 times.

BRADENTON

(6:05pm)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Jared Jones 3.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Jase Bowen 2-5, 2 2B

Dariel Lopez 1-4, 2B, BB

Maikol Escotto 1-5

Jack Herman 1-5

Hudson Head 0-4, BB

Alexander Mojica 0-5

Game Recap:

Bradenton (58-34) blew three leads and lost to Clearwater, 7-6.  Starter Jared Jones was great at first, fanning the first five batters he faced.  In the fourth, though, his control disappeared.  Clearwater loaded the bases with two outs on two walks and a single.  Jones then walked in two runs and Carlos Campos came in to allow a two-run single.  The Marauders ultimately took a 6-5 lead into the eighth, but Justin Meis gave up two runs.  The go-ahead run was set up by an error by Francisco Acuna and scored on a wild pitch.  Most of the offense came from Jase Bowen and Kyle Wilkie.  Bowen had two doubles and three RBIs.  Wilkie had a single, two doubles and a walk, scored three times and drove in a run.  Bradenton missed a chance to blow the game open in the fourth when it loaded the bases with nobody out, only to have Maikol Escotto and Jack Herman both strike out and Hudson Head ground out.

FCL PIRATES BLACK

Season Preview

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Starting Pitcher:

Notable Performances:

Game Recap:

Canceled.

FCL PIRATES GOLD

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:

Notable Performances:

Game Recap:

Canceled.

DSL PIRATES BLACK

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Isaias Uribe 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

Enmanuel Terrero 1-4

Shalin Polanco 0-4, SB

Ewry Espinal 1-3, 2B

Game Recap:

The Black team (14-12) beat the Gold team (8-18), 5-3.  Rafael Escalante drove in three runs for the winners, two with a double.  Ewry Espinal also had a double.  Starter Isaias Uribe gave up just two unearned runs over three innings, as both teams had error problems:  five for the Black team and three for the Gold.  Jonathan Salazar gave up a run in two innings, and Luis C. Gonzalez and Miguel Diaz each threw a scoreless inning and struck out two.  Yojeiry Osoria started for the Gold team and continued to show improvement, throwing three scoreless innings.  Juan Fuentes had a tough time in relief, giving up three runs while recording two outs.  Patricio Ress allowed two unearned runs.  Samuel Escudero, a 17-year-old catcher acquired from Milwaukee, had a double and two singles.

DSL PIRATES GOLD

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Yojeiry Osoria 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Jauri Custodio 0-2, BB, SB

Gustavo Armas 0-4

Esmerlyn Valdez 0-4

Samuel Escudero 3-3, 2B

Jeral Toledo 0-4

Game Recap:

See above.

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