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Down to the last three days of the season. Indianapolis goes through Sunday and the DSL Pirates end tomorrow.
Starting Pitcher: James Marvel 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
Tucupita Marcano 1-for-5, RBI
Diego Castillo 2-for-5, 2B
Rodolfo Castro 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB
Mason Martin 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Jared Oliva 0-for-4
Cal Mitchell 1-for-3, HBP
Game Recap: James Marvel has had an overall tough season in Indianapolis, but he may have saved his best for last. He was a workhorse when they were short on pitching, going eight innings tonight on 105 pitches. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts. He finished the season with a 5.26 ERA in 131.2 innings pitched, which is nine more innings than anyone else in the Pirates system. Tyler Bashlor tossed a scoreless ninth. Indianapolis won 7-2, getting their first run in the first on a Christian Bethancourt single. In the third, Rodolfo Castro had an RBI double. Mason Martin scored the third run on a ground out. An error brought in the fourth run. Martin homered in the fifth, his third homer in Triple-A and his 25th on the season. Tucupita Marcano had an RBI single to make it 6-2, then Bethancourt capped the scoring with his 14th homer.
** Prior to the game, Eli Wilson was promoted from Greensboro to Indianapolis. The Pirates released Joe Hudson. There’s probably a story behind this move that we will never here because there’s no reason to bring up someone for possibly one game. All of those pitchers who came up yesterday were needed. They did not need a different catcher.
DSL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: Isaias Uribe 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO
Jesus Castillo 0-for-2, BB, SB
Javier Rivas 0-for-2
Enmanuel Terrero 1-for-2, BB
Ewry Espinal 1-for-3
Omar Alfonzo 1-for-3, 2 RBI
Osvaldo Gavilan 1-for-3, HR, RBI
Ruben Vizcaya 1-for-2, 2B
Game Recap: Isaias Uribe had a strange final outing, with one hit and five strikeouts in 2.2 innings, which is obviously good, but not when it’s paired with four walks. He finishes the season with a 2.76 ERA in 32.2 innings, with 25 strikeouts and 17 walks. Eliecer Romero followed with one unearned run over 3.1 innings, allowing him to finish the year with a 2.31 ERA in 35 innings, with 33 strikeouts. Jesus Clode tossed a scoreless seventh to pick up the win in the 4-3 game. Omar Alfonzo had an RBI single in the first inning. He then added an RBI ground out in the fourth. Ronny Sanchez made it 3-2 after that with an RBI single. In the bottom of the seventh, Osvaldo Gavilan hit a walk-off homer. It was his second homer of the year. Jesus Castillo stole his 15th base. Ruben Vizcaya hit his sixth double.
DSL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Luigi Hernandez 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Jeral Toledo 1-for-3, BB, SB
Gustavo Armas 1-for-3, RBI
Jauri Custodio 1-for-4, RBI
Rodolfo De La Cruz 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Dioris Valdez 0-for-3
Game Recap: Luigi Hernandez got the start on Friday and he went three innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits, a walk and three strikeouts. Hernandez showed some great improvements in his velocity this year but it didn’t translate to results. He finished with a 6.61 ERA in 31.1 innings, with 37 strikeouts. Rafael Mendez took over in the fourth and threw a scoreless inning. The fifth inning was a disaster. Greiber Mendez made his pro debut and he recorded one out, while giving up five runs (three earned) on three hits, an error and a hit batter. Wilkin Valdez recorded one out, while giving up two runs on two hits and a hit batter. Weslyn Toussaint had to finish the inning and he issued a bases loaded walk before recording the final out. He finished with 1.1 scoreless in the 11-6 loss.
The big hit for the Pirates was a two-run homer by Rodolfo De La Cruz in the fourth, his second homer of the season. At the time it gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead. In the fifth inning, back-to-back wild pitches made it a 4-4 game. That was followed by a sacrifice fly from Gustavo Armas and an RBI single by Jauri Custodio. The 6-4 lead was erased with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth.
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