Prospect Watch: Walk-Off Home Highlights Altoona’s Win

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Season preview


Starting Pitcher: James Marvel  5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 0-for-4

Cole Tucker 0-for-3, BB

Michael Chavis 0-for-3

Jared Oliva 1-for-3

Fabricio Macias 0-for-3

Game Recap: James Marvel didn’t pitch well in this game, and he also didn’t get help on offense, defense or from the bullpen. He gave up five runs in 5.2 innings, with three of those runs being earned. An Erik Gonzalez error led to two unearned runs. Two of the runs off of Marvel scored after he left with two outs in the sixth, with reliever Shea Spitzbarth allowing both inherited runners to score.Indianapolis was also shutout through the first six innings, so it was a real group effort to be down 5-0 through six innings. Things didn’t get any better after the sixth, as Indianapolis dropped a 6-0 loss to Toledo. The Indians had just three hits all game, including a double by Gonzalez. They drew two walks, but Toledo pitchers faced just two batters over the minimum due to a double play, a pick-off and a caught stealing.


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Starting Pitcher: Jeffrey Passantino 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 1-for-3, BB

Ji-Hwan Bae 1-for-3, BB

Diego Castillo 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Mason Martin 0-for-4

Jack Suwinski 0-for-4

Cal Mitchell 2-for-4

Game Recap: Starter Jeffrey Passantino worked five innings tonight, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. He now has a 4.65 ERA in 62 innings this season. Noe Toribio followed with his first appearance since June 27th and he tossed two scoreless innings. Cristofer Melendez was out next and he gave up solo runs in the eighth and ninth innings, though one run was unearned. That made the score 5-4 going into the bottom of the ninth. Cal Mitchell singled and moved to second on a wild pitch with one out. Daniel Amaral then connected on a two-run walk-off homer for the win. It is his seventh home run of the season. Altoona got two runs in the first on a Matt Fraizer single and a two-run homer by Diego Castillo. In the sixth, Castillo picked up an RBI on a ground out. Josh Bissonette doubled in a run in the seventh inning for the fourth run of the game.


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Starting Pitcher: Santiago Florez  2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 2-for-4, BB, 2B

Nick Gonzales 1-for-5, RBI

Jared Triolo 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Lolo Sanchez 2-for-3, BB

Matt Gorski 2-for-4

Game Recap: Santiago Florez has struggled with the jump to High-A ball, but those struggles reached a new level on Wednesday night as he allowed six earned runs in two innings of work, needing 52 pitches to get through his abbreviated outing. He now has a 7.76 ERA in 26.2 innings over six starts with Greensboro. Alex Manasa returned to Greensboro this week after stints with both Indianapolis and Altoona. He had a solid outing in this contest, giving up one run in three innings. Colin Selby took over in the sixth and served up three runs in his first inning, before a scoreless seventh. Enmanuel Mejia kept his season ERA at 0.00 with two shutout innings in the 10-2 loss. The Grasshoppers did a bad job of hitting with runners on. They had 11 hits, but they stranded ten runners. Jared Triolo hit his 13th homer, accounting for one run. The other run scored on a Nick Gonzales single that brought home Liover Peguero. Matt Gorski returned to the lineup after a short stint on the injured list. He had two singles. Peguero collected his 14th double. Lolo Sanchez had two singles and a walk.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz (3.25 ERA in 63.2 IP/79 strikeouts)

Notable Performances:

Game Recap: 6:05 PM start time RAINED OUT: Doubleheader tomorrow

***The four short-season teams are off on Wednesdays

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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