Nick Gonzales returned to action on Friday night. He didn’t have any rust, picking up three hits in his first game back. Altoona lost a snoozefest. Bradenton had multiple prospects help overcome a shaky start by Thomas Harrington to pick up the win. Po-Yu Chen had a rough night for Greensboro, in a game that included some ninth inning excitement.
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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
INDIANAPOLIS @ TOLEDO
Final Score: Indianapolis 6, Toledo 3
Indianapolis Starter: Luis Ortiz (2-1, 2.45)
Pitching Line: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
- Nick Gonzales 3-for-5, SB
- Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-for-4, BB
- Endy Rodriguez 3-for-4, BB, 2 SB
- Ryan Vilade 1-for-5, 2B
- Malcom Nunez 1-for-4, 2B, BB
- Cal Mitchell 0-for-5
Luis Ortiz pitched three scoreless innings in what may have been a shortened outing due to the Pirates needing a starter next Tuesday. That would be short rest under normal circumstances, but he only threw 42 pitches in this game. That’s something to watch.
Cam Alldred followed with one run over three innings, while striking out five batters. Yerry De Los Santos took over in the seventh and struck out two over a scoreless inning. Hunter Stratton came out next and gave up a run in his lone inning. Daniel Zamora was called on to finish it off. He allowed a run, but still finished off the 6-3 victory.
Endy Rodriguez caught for the first time in over two weeks, after suffering a forearm strain back in mid-April. He had three hits and a walk, along with two steals, yet he got overshadowed by two players.
Nick Gonzales returned from a trip to the Injured List for a sore shoulder. He picked up three hits and a stolen base in his first game back. Josh Palacious actually had the big night in this game, going 3-for-5 with a double, four RBIs and two steals. He has a 1.341 OPS in limited time with Indianapolis.
Ryan Vilade, Malcom Nunez and Vinny Capra each added a double for the offense, which had 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
ALTOONA @ RICHMOND
Final Score: Richmond 3, Altoona 1
Altoona Starter: Aaron Shortridge (2-1, 4.95)
Pitching Line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO
- Liover Peguero 0-for-3, BB
- Matt Gorski 1-for-4
- Matt Fraizer 1-for-3
Aaron Shortridge allowed three runs on five hits and four walks over 5.2 innings on Friday night. He improved slightly to a 4.91 ERA through 25.2 innings. Cameron Junker threw 2.1 scoreless to finish out the 3-1 loss.
There’s not much to talk about here. Altoona had three hits, three walks and they went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Their only run scored on a wild pitch. With his two walks, Lolo Sanchez was the only batter to reach base twice.
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
GREENSBORO @ WINSTON-SALEM
Final Score: Winston-Salem 8, Greensboro 7
Greensboro Starter: Po-Yu Chen (0-2, 7.31)
Pitching Line: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO
- Tsung-Che Cheng 2-for-4, 2B, BB
- Jase Bowen 1-for-4, BB
- Hudson Head 1-for-4, 2B
- Sammy Siani 0-for-4
Po-Yu Chen got the start and it did not go well. He allowed four runs over 3.1 innings, while allowing five hits and five walks. He threw 41 of his 75 pitches for strikes. It could have been worse, as Grant Ford recorded the final two outs of the fourth, while stranding three inherited runners. He went 1.2 scoreless, with no hits.
Oliver Mateo followed with one run over one inning, while striking out three batters. Michell Miliano had his first rough outing, giving up two runs over two innings. Greensboro pitched walked a total of ten batters.
Jackson Glenn hit the rally-killing grand slam in the top of the ninth, as Greensboro fell one run short of tying the game. It was his fifth homer of the year. Tsung-Che Cheng had a double, single and a walk. He’s has a .300 average and a .986 OPS. Tres Gonzalez had a single, walk, stolen base and two runs scored.
Eli Wilson was plunked in his first plate appearance and had to leave the game. Greensboro was already short one catcher with Abrahan Gutierrez out. He was replaced by Luis Hernandez, who went 2-for-2, with a walk, two runs and two RBIs.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
BRADENTON @ TAMPA
Final Score: Bradenton 7, Tampa 6
Bradenton Starter: Thomas Harrington (3-0, 2.89)
Pitching Line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
- Enmanuel Terrero 2-for-4, BB
- Jared Triolo 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
- Termarr Johnson 0-for-3, 2 BB
- Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
- Shalin Polanco 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
- Javier Rivas 0-for-4
Thomas Harrington has been strong in three of his starts, as you would expect a first round pick to be in Low-A. They resulted in 16 shutout innings. His other two didn’t go so well, with ten earned runs over 8.2 innings. He was able to go six innings tonight, while pounding the zone by throwing 60 strikes on 83 pitches. However, he got touched up four runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while picking up five strikeouts. He now has a 3.65 ERA over 24.2 innings, with 24 strikeouts.
Miguel Fulgencio threw a scoreless seventh. Julian Bosnic got the save, though he made it interesting, allowing two ninth inning runs in the 7-6 victory.
Shalin Polanco had a big night, collecting his third double and his third homer, while driving in three runs. Alexander Mojica hit his second homer. Enmanuel Terrero had two hits, a walk and an outfield assist. Rodolfo Nolasco hit his sixth double, despite missing most of April.
Jared Triolo continued his rehab work from hamate surgery by going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
Termarr Johnson continues to have a rough start to the season, dropping down to a .167 average, with a 50% strikeout rate in his first eight games. That’s nearly double his rate from last year.
Javier Rivas is down to a .497 OPS in 22 games, with a 43.3% strikeout rate.
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What is up with Terrmar? So much for the Wade Boggs comp.
What a freaking relief with Endy back.
I love when catchers can steal bases – reminds me of Kendall.
I would like to apologize to everyone, esp SKliesen for going off yesterday. When this site first started, I got excited about the prospects and was rewarded with 2013-2015. All was good.
Since those years, I have seen highly touted prospect after prospect fail. It has hardened me and I guess it took until yesterday to finally get that thru my head. Even Wabbit Season’s comments didn’t faze me.
Tim and the rest of you’nz don’t need my negative comments. Therefore, even tho I remain a Pirate fan, my negativism towards them ever being a successful org again, remains strong. I am not sure that this feeling will change. I am always waiting for the ‘other shoe to drop’.
Therefore, it is not doing anyone any good to hear my crabbiness on an almost daily basis. I will stick to liking a comment or two if I read the comments at all.
Again, my apologies to all.
We get it. You can be as negative as you want, but contain that negativity in the places it belongs. Be negative about ownership, about the coaching, but cheer them when they do something right. This will help balance yourself better. That’s how i do it. I don’t expect to ever win a championship, I quit caring about that a long time ago, but i live for having exciting young players to watch.
Fooget about it! no apology needed from you. We vent, we celebrate, we make bad jokes. Comes with the territory.
Like the play on foo and Fieux. I will celebrate that good joke.
The game of baseball is hard, watching the buccos is harder. I’m an old fart so I’ve seen very good Pirate teams, but not lately. I do see some light at the end of the tunnel. I just hope it’s not a train. My dad always told, “if things are bad, cheer up things could be worst. So I cheered up, sure enough, they got worst. Hang in there, Lee, better times are coming.