Prospect Watch: Florencio Finishes Strong, Priester Falters in Last Start

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INDIANAPOLIS

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Starting Pitcher: Tanner Anderson 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 1-for-5

Jared Oliva 0-for-4

Game Recap: Indianapolis lost 3-2 on early Wednesday afternoon. Tanner Anderson started and allowed all three opposing runs during his 4.2 innings. Blake Weiman, Shea Spitzbarth, Joe Jacques and Tyler Bashlor combined on 4.1 scoreless innings. Indianapolis scored a run in the second inning on a John Nogowski RBI single. The added a run in the bottom of the ninth on a Taylor Davis single. They had the bases loaded with two outs and Tucupita Marcano up, but he grounded out to second base to end the game. Bligh Madris had two hits, including his 20th double. Chris Sharpe walked twice and had an outfield assist.

ALTOONA

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Starting Pitcher: Omar Cruz  5 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Ji-hwan Bae 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Rodolfo Castro 1-for-5

Mason Martin 0-for-5

Jack Suwinski 0-for-5

Cal Mitchell 2-for-4

Game Recap: Starter Omar Cruz allowed four runs (two earned) over five innings on nine hits, but he also had no walks and seven strikeouts. He finished the regular season with a 3.43 ERA in 94.1 innings, with a 1.21 WHIP and 91 strikeouts. Yerry De Los Santos tossed two hitless/scoreless innings, with three strikeouts. Nathan Kirby did the same, just with two strikeouts. Cristofer Melendez took the loss in the tenth. The Curve were down to their last strike in the ninth when Oneil Cruz hit a three-run homer to tie the game. It was his 11th of the season. Ji-hwan Bae drove in the other run on a third inning double, his 12th double of the season. He also had a single and he picked up two assists in center field. Cal Mitchell had two hits, as did Connor Kaiser and Grant Koch, who each scored a run.

GREENSBORO

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Starting Pitcher: Quinn Priester 2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 2-for-5, SB

Nick Gonzales 1-for-2, 3 BB, 2B

Jared Triolo 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Lolo Sanchez 1-for-3, BB

Matt Gorski 0-for-4

Game Recap: Quinn Priester did not go out on top during the 2021 regular season. His last start saw him give up five walks, three hits and five earned runs in 2.2 innings. He ends with a 3.04 ERA in 97.2 innings, with 98 strikeouts and a 1.24 WHIP. Bear Bellomy followed with an impressive relief outing allowing one run in 3.1 innings, while striking out eight batters. Enmanuel Mejia did Enmanuel Mejia things, striking out four over two scoreless innings. He has an 0.44 ERA in 41.1 innings this season. Greensboro scored in the first on Jared Triolo’s 28th double of the season. Triolo would score when Lolo Sanchez singled, then got caught in a rundown after a pick-off throw to first base, with Triolo scampering home from third on the play. A wild pitch scored a run in the third, then Blake Sabol capped the scoring with a two-run homer, but Greensboro lost 6-5. Nick Gonzales had a nice game, with a double and three walks. Sabol, Triolo and Liover Peguero each had two hits. Peguero stole his 26th base. Greensboro struck out 16 times.

BRADENTON

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Starting Pitcher: Adrian Florencio 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 2-for-3, 2 BB

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Dariel Lopez 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Jack Herman 0-for-4

Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Hudson Head 0-for-4

Game Recap: Adrian Florencio closed out his regular season with an outstanding outing, giving up one run on four hits, one walk and two strikeouts in six innings. He’s arguably been the best pitcher this season in the Pirates minor league season, as he finishes with a 2.46 ERA in 95 innings, with 117 strikeouts. Bradenton’s in the playoffs, so he will get another chance to pitch next week. Justin Meis retired all six batters he faced and Wandi Montout closed out the 6-1 win with a scoreless ninth. Bradenton got two of their runs on Dariel Lopez’s tenth home run of the season in the first inning. Another three runs scored in the ninth inning on the 15th home run of the season by Endy Rodriguez. The other run scored in the seventh on a balk. Sammy Siani reached base four times with two singles and two walks. He scored two runs. Abrahan Gutierrez collected his 17th double.

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

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