Prospect Watch: Altoona and Bradenton With Easy Wins

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As John mentioned yesterday, the Pirate vs. Pirate FCL game for today was canceled.  Neither of the canceled games will be made up.

Greensboro listed Tahnaj Thomas as today’s starter right up until nearly game time, but that obviously wasn’t correct because he just went on the injured list with a sizeable portion of the Hoppers’ pitching staff.  Steven Jennings, who moved down from Altoona to fill in, is making the start.  Right now, Greensboro has four pitchers on the 60-day injured list and seven on the 7-day.

INDIANAPOLIS

(1:00pm)

Season preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Miguel Yajure 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 1-4, 2B

Bligh Madris 3-4, 2B, BB

Jared Oliva 1-1

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (53-59) lost to Louisville, 5-4, on a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth.  Miguel Yajure had a solid start, giving up two runs on six hits over five innings.  He left with a 4-2 lead, but Matt Eckelman gave up the tying runs.  Hunter Stratton got through the eighth, but gave up a two-out homer in the ninth.  Much of the Indians’ offense came from Phillip Evans and Bligh Madris.  Evans had a single, double and two runs scored.  Madris had three hits, including a double.  He’s made significant progress this season; his OPS by month, starting in May, is — .782, .551, .720, .913, .898.  (The majority of the May numbers are from Altoona.)

ALTOONA

(6:00pm)

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Jeffrey Passantino 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 3-5, 3B, 2 SB

Ji-Hwan Bae 1-5

Rodolfo Casto 0-4, BB, SB

Mason Martin 2-4, BB

Jack Suwinski 1-3, 2B, 2 BB

Cal Mitchell 1-3, BB

Matt Fraizer 2-4, 2B

Game Recap:

Altoona (55-54) stomped Erie, 11-0.  The Curve got off to an ominous start when Oneil Cruz tripled to lead off the bottom of the first.  Ji-Hwan Bae, Rodolfo Castro and Mason Martin all struck out, wasting the triple.  But things got better after that.  In the third, Cruz and Castro pulled off a double steal, with Cruz stealing home.  Martin singled Castro home and Jack Suwinski doubled to drive in Martin.  The Curve got five hits and two walks in a six-run fifth, then added two in the seventh on Arden Pabst’s sixth home run of the year.  Pabst also had a double and drove in four.  Cruz finished with three hits, and Martin and Matt Fraizer each had two.  Starter Jeffrey Passantino came out after two innings, maybe because he’d thrown 43 pitches.  Unfortunately, it cost him a chance to improve on his 1-7 record.  Noe Toribio and Oddy Nunez each threw three scoreless innings, although Nunez walked three.  Shea Murray pitched the ninth.

GREENSBORO

(7:05pm)

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Steven Jennings 4.1, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Nick Gonzales 0-4, BB

Liover Peguero 1-5

Blake Sabol 1-4, 2B, BB

Lolo Sanchez 3-3, HR (16), SF

Mike Jarvis 2-3, 3B, HBP

Game Recap:

Greensboro (71-42) lost to Jersey Shore, 8-3.  Steven Jennings, just arrived from Altoona with the Grasshoppers short of pitchers, had a rough outing.  He gave up ten hits and seven runs over four and a third innings.  Bear Bellomy threw the last three and two-thirds, giving up one run.  The Hoppers didn’t have a much better day at the plate, whiffing 16 times.  Lolo Sanchez got three hits, including his 16th home run, and drove in all three runs.  Mike Jarvis, making his first start since moving up from the FCL, had a single, triple and hit batsman.  Sanchez and Jarvis were the only Greensboro batters not to strike out; in fact, they were the only ones not to fan at least twice.

BRADENTON

(6:30pm)

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Logan Hofmann 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Jackson Glenn 0-4, BB

Endy Rodriguez 3-5, 2B, HR (14)

Dariel Lopez 1-4, 2B

Jack Herman 0-4

Hudson Head 0-3, BB

Jase Bowen 1-3, BB

Alexander Mojica 1-2, HR (9), HBP

Maikol Escotto 1-3, BB

Game Recap:

Bradenton (69-43) hammered Clearwater, 8-1.  Logan Hofmann gave up a run over five innings.  Christian Charle, who’s struggled so far since moving up from the FCL, followed with three scoreless innings.  Carlos Campos pitched the ninth.  Endy Rodriguez kept hitting, picking up a single, a double and his 14th home run of the year.  He drove in two.  Ernny Ordonez hit a three-run bomb, his seventh home run of the year.  Alexander Mojica hit his ninth.  He has longballs in his last two games after a long drought, so maybe he’s getting the bat going.

FCL PIRATES BLACK

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:

Notable Performances:

Game Recap:

Canceled.

FCL PIRATES GOLD

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:

Notable Performances:

Game Recap:

Canceled.

DSL PIRATES BLACK

(10:30am)

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Eliecer Romero 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Enmanuel Terrero 0-3, BB

Javier Rivas 1-2, 2 BB, 2 SB

Shalin Polanco 0-2, BB

Fabian Urbina 2-3

Game Recap:

The Black team (27-15) beat the Gold team (12-30), 3-1, in a game shortened to six innings.  Eliecer Romero started for the Black team and gave up a run on just two hits over three innings.  He now has a 2.84 ERA in 25.1 IP.  Francis Olantilo went two and two-thirds innings in relief and Luis C. Gonzalez got the last out.  Lewys Guzman allowed no hits in two innings for the Gold team, but walked three and gave up a run.  Luis Faringthon threw a scoreless inning and two-thirds in relief.  There were only seven total hits in the game, all singles, four by the Black team.  Catcher Fabian Urbina had two of those.  Javier Rivas reached base three times on a hit and two walks, and stole two bases.  Wesley Zapata drove in Gustavo Armas with the only run for the Gold team.

DSL PIRATES GOLD

(10:30am)

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Lewys Guzman 2 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Jeral Toledo 0-3

Jauri Custodio 0-2, BB

Gustavo Armas 1-3

Game Recap:

See above.

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