Prospect Watch: Huge Day for the Bats in Greensboro and Bradenton

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Starting Pitcher: James Marvel  5 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Hoy Park 1-for-3, 3 RBI, BB

Tucupita Marcano 2-for-4, BB

Jared Oliva 2-for-4, 2B

Fabricio Macias 1-for-4, RBI

John Nogowski 1-for-4

Game Recap: Indianapolis won 7-6 on Sunday over Louisville. They led 3-0 at one point, then starter James Marvel allowed five runs, before the Indians chipped away until they held on to a one-run lead late for their 48th victory of the season. A two-run single by Hoy Park started the scoring. Bligh Madris made it 3-0 with a single. A sacrifice fly by Park made it a 5-4 deficit in the fifth. Phillip Evans gave the Indians a 6-5 lead in the sixth on a two-run single. Fabricio Macias added a needed insurance run with an RBI single in the seventh. Tucupita Marcano had two hits, a walk and two runs scored. Evans had three hits, including a double. Chris Sharpe hit his 24th double.


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Starting Pitcher: Jeffrey Passantino (4.98 ERA in 65 IP/64 strikeouts)

Notable Performances:

Game Recap:  Game was suspended in the bottom of the fourth with Altoona up 3-1. These two teams don’t play again, so this game has been canceled and any stats won’t count.


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Starting Pitcher: Tahnaj Thomas 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB

Nick Gonzales 4-for-7, 3 HR, 8 RBI

Jared Triolo 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Matt Gorski 1-for-6

Eli Wilson 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 BB, HBP

Game Recap: Greensboro scored 19 runs today and they weren’t even the best hitting Pirates affiliate (see below). It was a huge game for offense (Asheville is known for that) with nine homers and 30 runs total. Nick Gonzales had himself a day, hitting three homers and driving in eight runs. He’s now hitting .298 with 14 homers. Liover Peguero also hit his 14th homer today. He also had three walks and his 15th double of the season. Jonah Davis hit two homers to give him five with Greensboro.  Jared Triolo had two doubles, two singles, two RBIs and a walk, yet he didn’t score a run. He stole his 22nd base of the season. Eli Wilson reached base five times on two hits, two walks and a HBP. He scored three runs and drove in three more. Jonah Davis drove in four runs. Aaron Shackelford had two hits and scored three runs.

Tahnaj Thomas had a bit of trouble in his five innings, which was lost in the home run barrage. He allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. He now has a 4.45 ERA in 56.2 innings, with 59 strikeouts. Enmanuel Mejia tossed shutout ball, keeping his season ERA at 0.00 through 34.1 innings. The score only looks somewhat close because Austin Roberts allowed six runs in the ninth.


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Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen  2.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 2-for-5, 2B, 5 Runs

Endy Rodriguez 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Dariel Lopez 2-for-7, 3 RBI

Jack Herman 3-for-6, 2B, RBI, BB

Alexander Mojica 0-for-4, 3 Runs, BB, 2 HBP

Game Recap: Po-Yu Chen made his Low-A debut on Sunday and it did not go well. That was overshadowed by the fact that the Marauders put up 22 runs. Chen breezed through the first two innings, then ran into trouble in the third and it was due to control issues. He didn’t walk a single batter in 26 innings this year in the FCL and filled up the strike zone in the first two innings, then things went off of the rails in the third after two singles. He walked two batters and hit two others, which led to four earned runs over 2.2 innings. Wandi Montout threw 1.1 scoreless, followed by two shutout innings each from Nick Dombkowski and Eddy Yean. Carlos Campos allowed a run in the ninth, which brought Fort Myers within 17 runs.

Bradenton put up all of those runs without hitting a homer. Dylan Shockley, who replaced the injured Abrahan Gutierrez on the roster today, had four hits in his debut. He drove in five runs and scored three runs. Hudson Head managed to score five runs while going 2-for-5, and he actually scored his fifth run before recording the second hit. He reached twice on HBP and twice of fielder’s choice. Endy Rodriguez left early with the lopsided score, but not before he had two doubles (20 on the year), a single and a walk, driving in three runs. Jack Herman had three hits and an RBI. Alexander Mojica scored three runs without a hit. He had a walk and two HBP. Maikol Escotto had two hits, two RBIs and four runs scored. Daniel Rivero also scored three runs, while picking up one hit. To show how crazy this game was, Escotto, Head, Mojica and Rivero scored 15 runs while collecting five hits total. Jackson Glenn went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Dariel Lopez had two hits and three RBIs. Bradenton had 21 hits, six walks and five hit batters.

***The four short-season teams are all off on Sundays.

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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