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Starting Pitcher: (stat line for all starting pitchers will be added after the game)
Notable Performances: (stats for the top prospects to be posted after the game)
Game Recap: (all recaps will be posted as soon as the games wrap up)
Indianapolis was off.
Starting Pitcher: Michael Burrows 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Liover Peguero 1-4, BB
Nick Gonzales 0-3, BB
Jared Triolo 1-4
Lolo Sanchez 1-3, BB
Blake Sabol 1-3, BB
Greensboro lost to Bowling Green, 6-3, in the fifth and deciding game for the High A East championship. Michael Burrows started and went two innings, striking out five. He gave up only one hit, but it left the park. The Grasshoppers missed some chances of their own. They loaded the bases in the first with one out and didn’t score. They finally took the lead in the fourth after loading the bases with nobody out. A walk and a force out brought in two runs, but with second and third and one out, they couldn’t add on. In the bottom of the fourth, Bear Bellomy gave up five runs, four of them earned, although two of them scored after Austin Roberts took over. That made it 6-2 and the Hoppers never came back. They got their last run in the ninth on three singles. For the game, Greensboro got seven hits, all singles. Nobody had more than one hit.
DSL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: Yoldin De La Paz 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Enmanuel Terrero 1-4, BB
Javier Rivas 2-5
Shalin Polanco 0-5
Omar Alfonzo 1-3, HR (1), BB
Jesus Castillo 2-3, BB
The Black team (33-21) completed a game that was suspended after two and a half innings back on August 10. They were down, 1-0, then and ended up losing to the Red Sox Blue, 6-2. Yoldin De La Paz started the game way back when and came back to resume it. He ended up going five and two-thirds and gave up just one earned run, but two unearned runs cost him the loss. Javier Rivas and Jesus Castillo each had two hits. Catcher Omar Alfonzo hit his second home run (the box score says it was his first, which it would have been had he hit it back on Aug. 10, but he hit it today so it was his second no matter how you look at it). Osvaldo Gavilan had a triple.
The two teams had a game scheduled for today, but that was canceled.
DSL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Andres Silvera 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Rodolfo De La Cruz 1-4, 3B
Jeral Toledo 0-3, SF
Juan Machado 2-3
The Gold team (18-36) lost to the Giants Orange, 6-3, in eight innings. Andres Silvera started and gave up three runs, all of them unearned, in four and two-thirds innings. Weslyn Toussaint gave up the three runs in the eighth. Juan Machado had two of the team’s six hits. Rodolfo De La Cruz had the only extra base hit, a triple.
Having followed the Pirates fanatically since 1965, Wilbur Miller is one of the fast-dwindling number of fans who’ve actually seen good Pirate teams. He’s even seen Hall-of-Fame Pirates who didn’t get traded mid-career, if you can imagine such a thing. His first in-person game was a 5-4, 11-inning win at Forbes Field over Milwaukee (no, not that one). He’s been writing about the Pirates at various locations online for over 20 years. It has its frustrations, but it’s certainly more cathartic than writing legal stuff. Wilbur is retired and now lives in Bradenton with his wife and three temperamental cats.