Prospect Watch: Gonzales and Herman Named Players of the Month

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INDIANAPOLIS

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Starting Pitcher: Cam Vieaux 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Oliva 1-for-5, 3B

Diego Castillo 1-for-4, HR, RBI, BB

Ka’ai Tom 1-for-3, RBI, BB

John Nogowski 0-for-3, BB

Game Recap: Starter Cam Vieaux had the leave tonight’s game in the second inning after getting hit with a line drive. The led to a bullpen game in which the Indians used five relievers. Matt Eckelman allowed three runs in 2.1 innings, though just one run was earned. Cody Ponce gave up one run in two innings. Hunter Stratton allowed four runs while recording just two outs. Blake Weiman allowed an unearned run in 1.1 innings. Tyler Bashlor handled the ninth.

The Indians scored first on a Ka’ai Tom single in the first. Bligh Madris doubled in a run in the third inning. Madris singled home a run in the seventh, then Hunter Owen followed him with a three-run homer. In the ninth, Diego Castillo hit his first Triple-A homer. Madris had three hits and scored a run. The double was his 18th of the season. Christian Bethancourt had two hits, including his 17th double. He also walked twice. Jared Oliva hit his third triple.

ALTOONA

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Starting Pitcher: Travis MacGregor  5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 0-for-4

Matt Fraizer 0-for-4

Rodolfo Castro 0-for-4

Mason Martin 1-for-4

Carter Bins 0-for-2, 2 BB

Jack Suwinski 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap: Altoona got one-hit in a 3-0 loss, with Mason Martin breaking up the no-hitter with two outs in the ninth on a single. Their only other positive on offense was two walks by Carter Bins, who played for the first time since August 20th. Everyone in the Altoona lineup struck out at least once. Matt Fraizer is 3-for-30 in his last eight games. Rodolfo Castro is 0-for-24 in his last six games. Travis MacGregor has had some rough outings lately, but he did a decent job on this night, giving up two runs over five innings. Brad Case tossed the final three innings and allowed one run.

GREENSBORO

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Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski 2.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 1-for-2

Nick Gonzales 1-for-4

Jared Triolo 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Matt Gorski 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap: Greensboro won 3-2, but they got some bad news when Liover Peguero had to leave the game after coming up lame following an infield single. Carmen Mlodzinski pitched 2.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. He has been on a limited pitch count since returning from injury three weeks ago. Grant Ford got the win with one run over 3.1 innings. Oliver Garcia tossed two shutout innings and Enmanuel Mejia picked up the save with three strikeouts in a scoreless ninth. The Grasshoppers got their runs on homers. Jonah Davis hit a two-run shot in the third inning. Andres Alvarez, who replaced Peguero, hit a solo shot in the fifth. Jared Triolo hit his 24th double. Will Matthiessen had two hits.

Nick Gonzales was named as the Player of the Month for his league. He led the league in hits, runs, doubles, total bases, homers and slugging for the month. He had a .364/.419/.757 slash line in August. He currently ranks second in the league with a .938 OPS.

BRADENTON

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Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO

Notable Performances:

Endy Rodriguez 0-for-3

Hudson Head 0-for-2

Jack Herman 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Alexander Mojica 0-for-2

Dariel Lopez 2-for-3, RBI

Jase Bowen 0-for-2

Game Recap: Luis Ortiz started the first game of a doubleheader on Friday and pitched great, giving up one run on five hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts in six innings. He now has a 3.05 ERA in 79.2 innings, with 102 strikeouts. Oliver Mateo struck out the side in the seventh for the save.

Earlier today, Jack Herman was named as the Player for the Month in the used-to-be Florida State League. He hit .326/.381/.547 in August, while leading the league for the month with 18 runs and 23 RBIs. He celebrated with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his 11th homer with the Marauders. Dariel Lopez made it 3-1 with a sixth inning single. He had two of Bradenton’s four hits. Jackson Glenn had the other hit and he also drew the only walk.

GAME TWO

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Pitcher: Jared Jones 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

Notables:

Hudson Head 0-for-2, BB

Dariel Lopez 0-for-2, BB

Jack Herman 0-for-3

Recap: The second game of the doubleheader was decided just a few batters into the game when Jared Jones served up a first inning three-run homer. Thanks to an error, the runs were all unearned, but that didn’t help the Marauders in the 4-1 loss. Jones allowed four hits and a walk, while striking out eight batters over five innings. He now has a 3.88 ERA in 60.1 innings, with 96 strikeouts. Just Meis allowed one run over the final two innings, though he also struck out six batters. The only Bradenton run scored in the bottom of the seventh and it happened on four walks. Their only hit was a double by Jackson Glenn to lead-off the bottom of the first.

FCL PIRATES BLACK

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Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez

Notable Performances:

Game Recap: The Pirates took on the Pirates on Friday morning, but the game only made it until the top of the second before rain suspended it. Brennan Malone threw a shutout inning, and Carlos Jimenez allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings, though he gave up just three hits and only two runs were earned. Rodolfo Nolasco homered and drove in four runs. It will be his fifth homer, assuming they complete the game, which shouldn’t be tough because the two clubs meet numerous times over this final month. Tsung-Che Cheng had a walk, double and an RBI.

FCL PIRATES GOLD

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Starting Pitcher: Brennan Malone

Notable Performances:

Game Recap: See above

DSL PIRATES BLACK

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Starting Pitcher: Isaias Uribe 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Enmanuel Terrero 3-for-5

Javier Rivas 0-for-5

Ewry Espinal 0-for-4, BB

Omar Alfonzo 2-for-4

Ruben Vizcaya 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Osvaldo Gavilan 1-for-4

Jesus Castillo 1-for-3, BB

Game Recap: Starter Isaias Uribe came into the game with a 3.00 ERA in 21 innings over seven starts. He hasn’t been going deep into games, so his performance today wasn’t out of the ordinary, as he went two shutout innings on two hits, two walks and a strikeout. Jesus Clode took over in the third and allowed four runs in four innings. Reyson Santos gave up one run in his two innings. The Pirates lost 5-4

The Pirates scored in the fourth on a double by Ruben Vizcaya, with one run coming in and Fabian Urbina getting thrown out at home to end the inning. They added their other three runs in the seventh.  An error allowed the first run to score, while Ronny Sanchez drove in the other two runs with his sixth double. The doubles by Vizcaya and Sanchez were the only extra-base hits. Enmanuel Terrero had three singles and a run scored.

DSL PIRATES GOLD

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Starting Pitcher: Juan Fuentes 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Rodolfo De La Cruz 1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Gustavo Armas 1-for-3, RBI, BB, SB

Eddy Rodriguez 1-for-4

Dioris Valdez 1-for-2, BB

Jeral Toledo 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Delfin Ramirez 1-for-3, RBI

Game Recap: Juan Fuentes got his first start after nine relief appearances and an 8.36 ERA in 14 innings. He went 2.2 innings in this game, allowing two runs, which were both unearned. He gave up two hits, with one walk and one strikeout. Wilkin Valdez took over in the third and stranded an inherited runner, then tossed another three shutout innings. Luis Faringthon threw a scoreless seventh to finish out the 8-2 win.

The Pirates were down 2-0 in the fourth and then they broke the game open. Delfin Ramirez got things started with a bases loaded single that scored a run. The line kept moving with an RBI single by Pedro Figuereo. Juan Machado reached on an error that made it 3-0. Rodolfo De La Cruz cleared the bases with a triple. Gatavo Armas made it 7-0 with a single, then he scored on a double by Jeral Toledo, making it an 8-2 game. The Pirates had ten hits total and every one in the lineup had at least one. Jeral Toledo had two hits, including his fifth double. Gustavo Armas stole his fifth base.

 

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