Prospect Watch: Matt Gorski Hits His 20th Homer; Strong Games for Bolton and Rodriguez

All three of the rookie level teams are off today, so it’s just the full-season teams, starting play tonight at 4:30 PM when Bradenton will finish off their suspended game from last night. They trail 2-1 in the fourth. The second game will be seven innings. Jared Jones is going tonight for Greensboro,  pitching at home where he has a 5.09 ERA. I’ll fill in the other starters once they are announced, which could be close to game time.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

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Game Time: 7:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Zach Matson (0-0, 7.71)

  • Final Line:  1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Cody Bolton 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

Mason Martin 0-for-5

Oneil Cruz 1-for-3, BB

Ji-hwan Bae 1-for-4, 2B

Travis Swaggerty 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Rodolfo Castro 1-for-4

Carter Bins 0-for-4

Game Recap:

Indianapolis lost 5-4 on Wednesday night. Zach Matson got the opener role and allowed two runs in his only inning. Cody Bolton followed with one-hit ball over three scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to a 2.97 mark. Hunter Stratton allowed a run in his two innings, while Cam Alldred gave up two runs while recording one out. John O’Reilly recorded two outs and Eric Hanhold tossed a scoreless frame. The offense was led by a two-run homer by Jared Oliva, his fifth of the season. Travis Swaggerty knocked in the other two runs on fourth inning single and a sixth inning grounder. Mason Martin batted in the lead-off spot for the first time in who knows how long, hoping to break a slump, but he went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and an error. He is batting .158 in his last 37 games, with a 38.8% strikeout rate. Bligh Madris had two hits including his 13th double. He’s hitting .301 with a .911 OPS on the year. Ji-hwan Bae hit his 12th double.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

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Game Time: 6:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Enmanuel Mejia (1-3, 6.20)

  • Final Line:  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 2-for-4

Jared Triolo 0-for-4

Blake Sabol 1-for-4, RBI

Matt Gorski 2-for-4, 3B, HR, RBI

Liover Peguero 2-for-4, RBI

Connor Scott 0-for-3

Game Recap:

Altoona lost 4-2, with an error in the third inning leading to three unearned runs that were the difference in the game. Enmanuel Mejia got the start and went two scoreless innings. He was followed by Noe Toribio, who gave up the three runs in his only inning of work, though he dropped his ERA to a 1.80 mark on the season. Bear Bellomy tossed 2.2 scoreless. Tahnaj Thomas allowed a run in his 1.1 frames. JC Flowers got the win with shutout ball over the final two frames. The Curve got on the board first with an RBI single by Liover Peguero. Matt Gorski made it 3-2 with a solo homer in the sixth. It was his third homer with Altoona and his 20th homer of the season.  Altoona took the lead in the bottom of the eighth when a single by Blake Sabol turned into a little league homer, scoring three runs. Gorski, Peguero and Matt Fraizer each had two hits. Before the single, Sabol was on a 1-for-26 streak, with 13 strikeouts.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones (2-3, 5.10)

  • Final Line:   5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Dariel Lopez 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-2, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB

Hudson Head 0-for-4

Game Recap:

Jared Jones threw shutout ball over the first three innings before running into some trouble in the fourth and fifth, allowing three runs over those two frames. He gave up four hits, two walks and struck out seven batters. He threw 85 pitches, with 52 going for strikes. Jones now has a 5.13 ERA in 52.2 innings, with 69 strikeouts. Santiago Florez and Jack Carey combined to allow five runs over the next two innings, then Oliver Mateo and Michell Miliano tossed one scoreless frame each. Endy Rodriguez had a big game, driving in three runs with a first inning homer, followed by an fourth RBI on a fifth inning single. He also drew two walks. Sammy Siani hit a two-run homer, his sixth of the season. He also stole his 16th base of the year. Dariel Lopez had a single, his ninth double, a walk and two runs scored.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

P2Daily: It’s Bradenton Marauders Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 4:30 PM (Suspended game first)

Box Score: LINK (game one) LINK (game two)

Starting Pitcher:  Joelvis Del Rosario (3-1, 2.81 (game two)

  • Final Line:  Valentin Linarez  3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO (game one)
  • Del Rosario 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

GAME ONE

Tsung-Che Cheng 1-for-2, SB

Jase Bowen 1-for-4, HR, RBI, SB

Rodolfo Nolasco 0-for-4

Sergio Campana 1-for-4, RBI

Deivis Nadal 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

GAME TWO

Deivis Nadal 1-for-3

Jase Bowen 2-for-3, 2B, 2 SB

Rodolfo Nolasco 0-for-3

Sergio Campana 0-for-3

Angel Basabe 0-for-3

Game Recap:

GAME ONE: Bradenton had to wait a long time to suffer a walk-off loss. Yesterday game was suspended in the fourth inning. They completed it today and lost 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning on a walk-off two-run homer. Valentin Linarez started yesterday and got through three innings before the weather interrupted. He allowed two runs on one hit, while striking out seven batters. When play resumed, Dante Mendoza lowered his ERA to 1.61 with three shutout innings, striking out four batters. Jack Hartman threw a scoreless seventh. Darvin Garcia tossed a shutout eighth, but he gave up the two run homer in the ninth without recording an out. Tsung-Che Cheng returned yesterday and had a hit and his tenth stolen base. He was scheduled to be off today, so he was replaced when play resumed. Jase Bowen hit his eighth homer and stole his 13th base. Deivis Nadal had a single, double, two RBIs and his fourth steal.

GAME TWO: The second game on Thursday night went seven innings and it wasn’t as close as the first game. Starter Joelvis Del Rosario was doing well until he allowed four runs in the fourth inning, which was more than enough for Fort Myers in their 6-1 victory. De Rosario now has a 3.38 ERA in 45.1 innings with 46 strikeouts. He had his ERA down to 2.62 before that fourth frame. Johan Montero went 1.1 scoreless. Brennan Malone gave up a single, two-run homer and hit a batter on five pitches before he was removed, leaving with the trainer, which is potentially bad news. Cristian Charle finished off the sixth. Jase Bowen had two of Bradenton’s four hits, including his ninth double. He also stole his 14th and 15th bases. Rodolfo Nolasco had a rough 0-for-7, five strikeout night between the two games.

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Danatural08

Jacob Gonzales went 0-5 wtf

NMR

Anyone watch Jones last night? Continues to be oddly hittable, at least on paper. Were they tagging him or were they cheapies?

Hudson Head is slashing .149/.269/.179 with five strikeouts for every walk over his last month, and getting worse. Obviously overwhelmed by their aggressive push, as was Maikol Escotto. Time to pull back and do this thing right.

I finally bought into Blake Sabol a week or two ago, so I apologize for personally triggering this massive slump.

Catch_22

Man oh man, Mason Martin. Same with Connor Scott

AdministrativeSky236

Didnt altoona win? Thats what their box score says but the summary is saying they lost 4-2?

skliesen

Yeah, I was confused reading the recap. I’m assuming the sentence saying they lost 4-2 is inaccurate.

agent00

gasp! a mock draft that doesn’t have the pirates selecting lee!

https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-mock-draft-2022-draft-combine-edition?t=mlb-draft-coverage

roberto

Green still having swing and miss issues?

AdministrativeSky236

Temarr and jackson ferris? Sign me up

agent00

yes. high school prospects all day everyday!

roberto

But if Rocker is healthy, do you still pass? Apparently he’s doing well as a pro. Boras knows a clean exam means a big bonus.

NMR

He didn’t sign because of health but he dropped because of seriously inconsistent stuff and performance.

I don’t know what a handful of starts against crappy competition is gonna tell us, but it would be a hell of a risk/reward selection.

Wilbur Miller

Ha, I figured they must have the Bucs passing.

Termarr over Parada . . . ?

agent00

not a termarr fan eh?

agent00

dariel lopez has been pretty hot lately. that’s good to see

agent00

i guess it’s sabol’s turn to slump now!

agent00

martin leading off…..well that’s fun

steelforce71

Let’s be honest, the guy isn’t a major league prospect. Has one tool above average. Nothing else plays at a MLB level.

skliesen

Worked for Dave Kingman.

roberto

Good point, but quite a few minor league sluggers don’t pan out. Much more common for good hitters to develop power. But hope springs eternal.

SufferinBuccotash

Dave Kingman’s career strikeout rate in MLB was 24.4%.

Even Rob Deer’s was “only” 31.2% for his career.

Mason has a way to go to get there.

NMR

okay sure but that’s like 35% in 2022 strikeouts. 😉

agent00

very true. i thought it was an interesting lineup change

PirateRican21

Burrows promoted to AAA.

agent00

i guess they found room for him!

PirateRican21

Ok Jones, is not fair to ask but we need something good right now. Go out there and blast those hitters into oblivion.

Wilbur Miller

Well, 1 IP 3 Ks.

Plus an Endy 3-run bomb.

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