Prospect Watch: Endy Rodriguez, Hudson Head and Alexander Mojica Go Deep

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INDIANAPOLIS

(6:30pm)

Season preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Tanner Anderson 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 1-3, BB

Diego Castillo 0-2

Jared Oliva 2-4, 2B, SB

Connor Overton 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (52-58) lost to Louisville, 6-3.  Tanner Anderson had a solid start, allowing two runs over five innings.  Connor Overton made his Pirates debut, throwing a scoreless inning with one walk and two strikeouts.  Joe Jacques had a bad time, giving up four runs while recording only two outs.  Phil Evans had two hits and two RBIs.  Diego Castillo left the game an inning after getting hit by a pitch, so he may have at least a minor injury.

ALTOONA

(6:00pm)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Omar Cruz 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 2-5, 2B

Ji-Hwan Bae 3-4, BB

Rodolfo Castro 0-4, BB

Mason Martin 1-5

Matt Fraizer 0-4, BB, 4-for-41 (.098) in last 12 games

Jack Suwinski 2-4

Yerry De Los Santos 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Game Recap:

Altoona (54-53) took control with four runs in the first inning and went on to beat Erie, 8-3.  Omar Cruz had a good start, giving up two runs over five innings while fanning six.  Yerry De Los Santos returned after missing most of the season, throwing a scoreless inning.  Jack Suwinski had two hits and drove in three runs.  Ji-Hwan Bae had three hits and Oneil Cruz had two hits, including a double, and scored twice.

GREENSBORO

(7:05pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Grant Ford 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Andres Alvarez 1-5

Liover Peguero 1-5, 2B

Jared Triolo 2-4, 2B, BB

Lolo Sanchez 2-5, 2B

Game Recap:

Greensboro (71-40) lost to Jersey Shore, 8-5.  Carmen Mlodzinski was originally listed as the starter for this game, but Grant Ford went instead, possibly due to rain delaying the start of the game.  Ford didn’t have a good game, walking four and allowing two longballs in four and a third innings.  He gave up four runs and Michell Miliano gave up another three, which cost him the loss.  Jared Triolo and Lolo Sanchez each had a single and a double.  Liover Peguero returned from missing a few days, serving as the DH.  He had a double.  Matt Gorski stole two bases, one of them a steal of home.

BRADENTON

(7:00pm)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Luis Ortiz 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Jackson Glenn 1-4, BB

Endy Rodriguez 3-4, 2B, HR (13), BB

Dariel Lopez 0-5

Jack Herman 1-4, SF

Hudson Head 1-2, HR (15), 2 BB, HBP

Jase Bowen 1-5, SB

Alexander Mojica 1-5, HR (8)

Maikol Escotto 1-3, HBP, SB

Justin Meis 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Game Recap:

Bradenton (68-42) broke a 4-4 tied with a five-run eighth inning and beat Clearwater, 9-4.  The go-ahead hit was an inside-the-park home run by Hudson Head, his 15th home run of the season.  Endy Rodriguez finished the rally with a three-run bomb, his 13th dinger of the year and his third hit of the game.  Rodriguez is now batting 291/384/503 as a 21-year-old in a league that averages 235/344/371.  Earlier, Alexander Mojica hit a two-run blast, his eighth homer of the year and first in six weeks.  Luis Ortiz has been on a strong run lately, but he didn’t have a good start in this one.  He lasted only three and two-thirds and gave up three runs, although he still fanned six.  Wandi Montout gave up a run in two and two-thirds and fanned five.  Justin Meis and Nick Dombkowski fanned another five over the last two and two-thirds, giving the Marauders 16 on the day.

FCL PIRATES BLACK

(Noon)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Listher Sosa 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Juan Jerez 0-1, BB

Dylan Busby 1-3

Lonnie White, Jr., 0-3

Wyatt Hendrie 0-1

Game Recap:

The Black (18-22) team beat the Braves, 6-2.  Listher Sosa had a good start, giving up just one earned run over four innings.  Parker Brahms threw two scoreless innings in relief to get the win.  Rayber Romero had a two-run single and Dylan Busby continued his rehab by getting a single, a run and an RBI.  Angel Basabe had a triple and two runs, and Luis Tejeda had a double and a walk.  The Pirates had only four hits, but they stranded only two runners.

FCL PIRATES GOLD

(Noon)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Luis Peralta 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

Luke Brown 0-5

Tsung-Che Cheng 2-4, 2 2B, BB, SB

Rodolfo Nolasco 1-4, 2B, BB

Geovanny Planchart 1-5

Darvin Garcia 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Arlinthon De Dios 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

The Gold team (28-14) lost to the Twins, 4-3, in ten innings after tying the game with two runs in the seventh.  Starter Luis Peralta did himself in with control problems, resulting in three runs over three and a third innings.  Darvin Garcia and Arlinthon De Dios combined to strike out nine over five and two-thirds scoreless innings; that included Garcia getting the last two outs of the fourth to leave the bases loaded.  Alessandro Ercolani took the loss when the free runners scored on a sacrifice fly.  Tsung-Che Cheng hit two doubles and Rodolfo Nolasco drove in the tying runs in the seventh with a two-run double.  Cheng stole his 15th base.

DSL PIRATES BLACK

(10:30am)

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Joaquin Tejeda 3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Enmanuel Terrero 0-3

Ronny Sanchez 1-3

Jesus Castillo 2-3, 2 SB

Game Recap:

The Black team (25-15) lost to the Royals White, 3-2.  Joaquin Tejeda managed to allow only one run despite giving up six hits in three innings.  Jesus Clode followed with three scoreless innings.  The Pirates had a 2-1 lead when Clode left, but Luis C. Gonzalez gave up two runs in the top of the seventh.  The Pirates had five hits, two by Jesus Castillo, who also stole two bases including home.  Ruben Vizcaya had a triple and Osvaldo Gavilan had a single and a walk.

DSL PIRATES GOLD

(10:30am)

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Wilkin Valdez 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Jauri Custodio 1-4, BB

Esmerlyn Valdez 0-3, BB, HBP

Jeral Toledo 1-4, HR (1), BB

Game Recap:

The Gold team (11-29) lost to the Diamondbacks2, 6-4.  Wilkin Valdez gave up two runs over three innings and Weslyn Toussaint gave up three in two innings.  Patricio Ress pitched the last three innings and allowed just an unearned run.  Jeral Toledo hit his first career home run and scored twice.  Juan Machado had two hits, and Wesley Zapata and Samuel Escudero each had a double.

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