Prospect Watch: Big Game for Nick Gonzales in Altoona Win

The FCL Pirates were supposed to be off today, but a rain out for the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader, means they have to make the game up today. Even the time of the game is listed as TBD, but my guess would be a noon start. The FCL season wraps up on Tuesday. Both of the DSL Pirates teams are off today. Their season also wraps on Tuesday. Altoona has to complete a suspended game from last night that is 2-2 in the seventh. That will be followed by the regularly scheduled game with Quinn Priester on the mound. Indianapolis has an early afternoon start time.


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Game Time: 1:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido (1-7, 5.52)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Diego Castillo 1-for-5

Travis Swaggerty 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Jack Suwinski 1-for-5

Cal Mitchell 2-for-5, 2B

Game Recap:

Starter Osvaldo Bido had a nice game on Wednesday afternoon, allowing one run on four hits and a walk in five innings of work. He now has a 5.29 ERA in 78.1 innings, with 81 strikeouts. Nick Mears followed with a scoreless frame, though he walked three batters. John O’Reilly pitched a scoreless seventh and Travis MacGregor took over in the eighth and threw shutout ball. Hunter Stratton came on to finish things off in the ninth, but the first four runners reached base and scored against him, so Joe Jacques recorded the final three outs in the 10-5 win. Travis Swaggerty and Hoy Park provided the offense. They each had a single, double, homer, walk and stolen base. Swaggerty got his 13th double, eighth homer and 13th steal. Park has nine doubles, six homers and eight steals. Cal Mitchell is hitting .323 after two hits, including his 15th double. Brendt Citta drove in three runs. Mason Martin had two singles and a walk


Game Time: 6:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Quinn Priester (1-3, 2.49)

  • Final Line:  7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Nick Gonzales 4-for-5, 3 2B, RBI

Jared Triolo 1-for-5, SB

Blake Sabol 1-for-4

Malcom Nunez 0-for-3, BB

Liover Peguero 2-for-4, RBI

Connor Scott 1-for-3

Game Recap:

All recaps will be posted after the games are finished. Altoona will finish a suspended game from last night first, then play the regularly scheduled contest. Here’s the boxscore for that game. The score was 2-2 in the seventh when the game was suspended.

Suspended game recap: Altoona lost 7-4 in 11 innings. Kyle Nicolas started yesterday and went five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and five walks. Nick Dombkowski tossed three scoreless. Tyler Samaniego allowed five runs in the 11th, four were earned. Blake Sabol, Liover Peguero, Connor Scott and Lolo Sanchez each had two hits. Peguero drove in two runs and stole his 22nd base. Sabol hit his 20th double, which was the only extra-base hits for Altoona. The team went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and two of those hits happened in the 11th inning.

Regular game recap: Nick Gonzales had himself quite a game, which included a walk-off double for a 3-2 win in ten innings. He had four hits, which included three doubles. In his time with Altoona this year, he has a .259 average, 11 doubles and a .770 OPS. Quinn Priester had a solid start, going seven innings, with two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out six batters. He now has a 2.50 ERA for Altoona in ten starts, with 52 strikeouts in 50.1 innings. Tahnaj Thomas tossed two scoreless innings and JC Flowers followed with a scoreless tenth to pick up the win. Liover Peguero had another two hits, while Andres Alvarez also collected two hits. Aaron Shackelford hit his 20th double and Jared Triolo stole his 23rd base.


Game Time: 7:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Justin Meis (2-4, 5.56)

  • Final Line:  5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Jase Bowen 1-for-4, BB

Dariel Lopez 0-for-3, 2 BB

Hudson Head 1-for-3, RBI, BB, 2 SB

Game Recap:

Greensboro lost 4-3 to Rome in the ninth on a walk-off RBI single. Francisco Acuna got the scoring started with his fifth homer. Hudson Head and Eli Wilson had RBI singles in the sixth for the rest of the scoring. Acuna reached base three times, adding two walks. His homer was the only extra-base hit. Head stole two bases to give him ten on the season. Justin Meis allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. He gave way to Santiago Florez, who tossed 2.1 scoreless. Cameron Junker took the loss, allowing a hit, two walks and a wild pitch, while recording just one out.


Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez (1-6, 3.39)

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

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 2-for-4, HR, RBI, BB, SB

Sergio Campana 1-for-4, SB, HBP

Tres Gonzalez 1-for-4, RBI, HBP

Jack Brannigan 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Deivis Nadal 1-for-3, BB

Game Recap:

Carlos Jimenez had a decent start, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out four batters. Jimenez now has a 3.55 ERA in 66 innings, with 82 strikeouts. Carlos Lomeli followed with three perfect innings to pick up the win, and Yunior Thibo threw a scoreless ninth. The Marauders got a home run from Tsung-Che Cheng to lead-off the game, his fifth homer. Brenden Dixon hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his seventh homer. Tres Gonzalez got hit by a pitch in the seventh with the bases loaded. Jack Brannigan then singled in two runs, before Dixon capped the scoring with an RBI single. Cheng reached base three times, scored twice, and he stole his 24th base. Sergio Campana stole his 25th base.


Game Time: TBD

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Hung-Leng Chang (3-1, 4.43)

  • Final Line:  2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Javier Rivas 0-for-3, RBI

Termarr Johnson 0-for-3, BB

Shalin Polanco 1-for-3, BB

Solomon Maguire 1-for-4

Jesus Castillo 2-for-3

Omar Alfonzo 0-for-4

Esmerlyn Valdez 0-for-3, BB

Game Recap:

The Pirates are hoping for a playoff spot with a week to go in the season, but those hopes took a hit on Wednesday when they lost in extra innings 8-3. This was a very poorly played game on both sides, with ten errors committed that led to eight unearned runs. Starting Hung-Leng Chang gave up three runs in 2.1 innings. Ryan Harbin followed with 2.2 scoreless. Sebastian Rodriguez retired all six batters he faced. Yoelvis Reyes was saddled with five unearned runs and the loss. Termarr Johnson went 0-for-3 with a walk, leaving him 1-for-12 early in his career. Jesus Castillo went 2-for-3, giving him a .361 average that is second in the league.

The DSL Pirates Gold completed a suspended game from July 27th and won 4-3 over the Angels. Here’s the boxscore, though I’ll note the stats here reverted back to the date that the game started, so none of the numbers match up to current stats, including the team record.

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I thought Tamarr Johnson would come out at this level and just tear it up. He’s supposed to hit in his sleep.


What happened with Abraham Gutierrez. He hasn’t played since the 13th?

Wilbur Miller

Can’t be anything big. They have only two catchers on the roster and he’s one.


Ugh….Jack K’s two more times and his OPS is now under .700. But, all you see on Twitter is that we need to bring I’m back up.

Hopefully, Gonzo can keep this up. But, I’ll believe it when he knocks his K rate down. His one out was a K.


Mitchell is the guy that should be up. He is the better looking hitter.


Both he and TSwag should be up. Let them play the last 6 weeks. Whaddaya got to lose?

Wilbur Miller

According to Stumpf, Gorski should get back into games this year.


i saw somewhere that he was ahead of schedule. still surprised to hear that

Wilbur Miller

Even if he’s just DHing and under orders not to run all out or something, it’d be nice if he could face some live pitching. I def didn’t expect to see him any more.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Burrows cracks Baseball America Top 100!


I’ll be more excited when he cracks the Pirates rotation.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

7 games, 3 with set game times lol going to have to refresh overall scoreboard all day

Wilbur Miller still says the FCL game is in Port Charlotte. I’m wondering whether I should tell the players here at Pirate City that they’re missing the game.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I feel like I’m watching the FCL game. Got my hands on Ercolani’s U18 start for Italy.

Wilbur Miller

Mad google skills.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Nahhhh. John had retweeted a clip someone posted. I mentioned I wished I had video of Ercolani, and the guy responded (the link I posted above) with the Youtube video

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

DSL Gold game off and running

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

And upon further inspection, this game appears to be when Axiel Plaz apparently got hurt. Completion of July 27th game, which would’ve been his last appearance, and he was pulled after an AB in bottom of 2nd.


Thank you! I was following him pretty closely and then he just disappeared. I suppose eventually we’ll find out what happened…


Good find! He’s been one of several guys lost during the season

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