Prospect Watch: Kyle Nicolas Gets His First Start in Nearly a Month; Bubba Chandler Hits a Grand Slam

All seven Pirates affiliates are in action today. All early games for the short-season teams and night games for the full-season club. The highlight of the schedule is the first start for Kyle Nicolas since June 2nd. He returned last week from missing three full weeks and he gave up two runs over 2.2 innings in a relief appearance.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

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Game Time: 8:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jerad Eickhoff (4-3, 4.84)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Kevin Newman 2-for-5

Ben Gamel 1-for-3, 2 HBP

Yoshi Tsutsugo 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Jake Marisnick 1-for-5

Cal Mitchell 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Ji-hwan Bae 0-for-4

Rodolfo Castro 0-for-1, 2 BB, HBP

Mason Martin 0-for-4

Carter Bins 1-for-4

Game Recap:

After his disastrous spot start for the Pirates last week, Jerad Eickhoff was designated for assignment and rejoined Indianapolis for today’s game. He went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Noe Toribio took over in the sixth and threw 1.2 scoreless, with no hits, though he walked three and had zero strikeouts. Cam Alldred took over in the seventh and left with two outs in the ninth and the tying run on base, with John O’Reilly coming on to finish the game off with a save and a 4-3 victory. Cal Mitchell drove in two runs early with his tenth double, and then an error allowed a third run to score on the play. Yoshi Tustsugo doubled in the final run. Kevin Newman had two hits and two runs scored. Ben Gamel reached three times on a single and two HBP. Rodolfo Castro reached three times on two walks and a HBP.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

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Game Time: 6:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Nicolas (0-2, 4.15)

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

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 1-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

Liover Peguero 1-for-3, 2 BB

Henry Davis 0-for-3, HBP

Jared Triolo 0-for-3, BB

Blake Sabol 0-for-3, BB

Connor Scott 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Game Recap:

Altoona lost Matt Gorski and Omar Cruz to the injured list on Thursday, then lost big to Harrisburg, dropping a 9-3 decision. Kyle Nicolas made his first start in nearly a month and he allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in three innings. He now has a 4.27 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 46.1 innings. Enmanuel Mejia tossed two scoreless, then Nick Dombkowski gave up five runs in 1.2 innings that were all unearned. Austin Roberts allowed two runs in 1.1 innings, while giving up three hits and three walks. Jeffrey Passantino tossed a shutout frame. Down 2-0 early, Matt Fraizer singled home the first run for the Curve. In the sixth inning, they took the lead on a two-run double by Connor Scott, which ended up being their last runs. Harrisburg ran off the next seven runs. Scott hit his 12th double and stole his seventh base. Matt Fraizer stole his eighth base. Liover Peguero reached three times on a single and two walks.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Game Time: 7:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Sean Sullivan (1-4, 5.19)

  • Final Line:  6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 0-for-4, BB

Endy Rodriguez 3-for-4

Dariel Lopez 2-for-4, RBI

Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Hudson Head 1-for-5

Game Recap:

Greensboro lost 6-5, after holding a 4-0 lead going into the seventh inning stretch. Starter Sean Sullivan had an outstanding night, going six shutout innings on three hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Three pitchers then got two outs each and they all gave up runs, with one for Cameron Junker, two for Logan Hofmann and three for Michell Miliano. Greensboro took an early lead on a three-run homer from Ernny Ordonez in the first inning, his tenth homer. A sac fly from Jackson Glenn made it 4-0. The final run scored in the ninth on a Dariel Lopez sac fly (for some reason the boxscore says RBI on a fly ball and credits him with an at-bat, which I didn’t include above). Endy Rodriguez collected three singles. Jackson Glenn had two hits. Ordonez also hit a double, his fifth. Abrahan Gutierrez hit his 12th double.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

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Game Time: 6:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Wilkin Ramos (0-1, 4.70)

  • Final Line: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO

Notable Performances:

Deivis Nadal 0-for-2, BB, 2 HBP

Jase Bowen 0-for-4

Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-3, BB

Rodolfo Nolasco 2-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Game Recap:

Wilkin Ramos made his first  start this year and it might be his last. He failed to record an out, giving up three runs before being replaced. Bradenton then got outstanding twin pitching performances from Cristian Charle and Sebastian Rodriguez, who each struck out five batters over three no-hit/scoreless innings. Darvin Garcia allowed two runs in two innings and Dante Mendoza went scoreless in the ninth.  Bradenton was down 3-0 to start the game, then chipped away one run at a time to tie the game in the fifth. The first run scored on a bases loaded walk to Randy Romero. Mike Jarvis homered for the second run, his third home run. Rodolfo Nolasco tied the game with his sixth homer. He also had a single and a walk. Deivis Nadal reached base on a walk and two HBP. Bradenton struck out 12 times, with everyone contributing.

RK: FCL PIRATES

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Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Cristopher Cruz (0-1, 7.04)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Bubba Chandler 1-for-4, HR, 5 RBI

Maikol Escotto 1-for-4

Shalin Polanco 2-for-4

Solomon Maguire 0-for-3, BB

Javier Rivas 0-for-2, BB

Omar Alfonzo 0-for-3, BB

Game Recap:

The FCL Pirates won 7-1 and Bubba Chandler drove in five of those runs. He collected his third homer of the season, connecting on a grand slam in the sixth inning. He added a fifth RBI on a ground ball/fielder’s choice in the eighth inning, then later scored on a passed ball. The only other RBI came on a bases loaded walk to Javier Rivas. Shalin Polanco had two hits, but he left with some injury in the eighth after stealing a base. Jauri Custodio made his season debut and he went 1-for-2 with a single.

Starter Cristopher Cruz lowered his 7.04 ERA to 4.63 with four shutout innings. Joaquin Tejada tossed three shutout frames on one hit. Former outfielder Daniel Rivero made his second appearance and it did not go well, with a run on two hits and two walks. Kevin Disla took over and record the final two outs while stranding three runners. He then threw a scoreless ninth to finish out the game.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

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Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jonathan Salazar (0-1, 7.45)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Ewry Espinal 4-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-4, BB

Eduardo Oviedo 0-for-5

Robert De Paula 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, BB

Wesley Zapata 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Game Recap:

The Pirates won 13-1 behind strong starting pitching and seven extra-base hits among their 14 hits in seven innings. Jonathan Salazar had a 7.45 ERA coming into the day, then threw four shutout innings on one hit, no walks and one strikeout. Yoerys Hernandez took the final three innings and gave up a run. Ewry Espinal had himself quite a day at the plate, with four hits, including his fifth double and his second homer. The Pirates scored their first run on a fielder’s choice. They added two runs in the third on RBI doubles by Isaac Paulino and Robert De Paula, the third double of the year for each one. Espinal homered in the fifth, De Paula scored one with his first triple and then Wesley Zapata hit his eighth double to drive in a run and make it 6-0. Zapata scored one batter later on a wild pitch. In the seventh, the Pirates scored runs on singles by Miguel Sosa and Daje Morales. Delfin Ramirez walked with the bases loaded, then a bases loaded error led to three runs scoring.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Keneth Quintanilla (0-0, 4.32)

  • Final Line:  3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Ruben Vizcaya 2-for-4, 2B

Yordany De Los Santos 1-for-4, 2B

John Zorrilla 1-for-2, RBI, BB

Carlos Tirado 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Eddy Rodriguez 0-for-3

Game Recap:

Pirates won 4-2 in a game called in the bottom of the seventh due to weather. Starter Keneth Quintanilla allowed just one hit over three shutout innings, while striking out five batters. Wilkin Valdez allowed two runs in two innings, while Darlin Diaz tossed two scoreless frames. The Pirates got a run in the first on a John Zorrilla single. Carlos Tirado doubled in two runs in the third, his second double of the season. Samuel Escudero singled in a run in the sixth. Ruben Vizcaya had two runs and two hits, including his second double. Yordany De Los Santos hit his sixth double. He’s batting .254 with a .699 OPS.

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dbsteel

Madonna Martin bad.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Sullivan with 6 shutout

Colin

Bump Bubba up to Bradenton

Wilbur Miller

Aaaand Tank gets hit again. Really just barely nicked this time. Maybe standing just out of reach now.

patrick_kelly

For a guy pegged to be a pitcher, Bubba can sure hit some dingers! I saw the video posted of him hitting #2 the other day, and man does his swing look a lot different and very smooth to my untrained eye.

Wilbur Miller

Before the slam, he hit two balls to the track. Easy power.

NMR

Kid was barely even a baseball player when drafted, and it shows! Really remarkable development so far, now let’s hope he’s got that inherent ability to actually hit.

hoffmark83

Uughhh!!!!! Now Polanco hurt!

agent00

looks like polanco got hurt. sigh

AdministrativeSky236

Bubba BOMB

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Granny!!!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Ewry second HR

Wilbur Miller

Cruz looking a lot better.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Strong start today

Wilbur Miller

Interesting tidbit — Chandler, who’s DH today, was out warming up the LF, throwing left handed. Even had the glove. Looked natural.

kja1970

When they do those 2021 redraft articles in 5 or 10 years, it would not surprise me if Bubba shows up as 1-1

TNBucs

The PG had a story about Chandler this week and Persak wrote that when Chandler hurt his right arm as a freshman in HS, he taught himself to throw left handed just to have something to do. Chandler said he can reach 80 as a lefty and once had a 3 K inning pitching left handed in HS.

NMR

lordy.

roberto

Think he might be an elite athlete?

agent00

he can do it all lol

Wilbur Miller

Watching him again now. Of course he’s just lobbing it, but you really wouldn’t know.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Custodio season, and stateside, debut for FCL

agent00

jeez. i thought he’d debut years ago. wasn’t he supposed to?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Only 2 ABs before being pulled. So, maybe a “rehab” stint before going to Bradenton? Didn’t realize he was going to be 21 in September.

agent00

oh nice. maybe! would be an interesting move, sending him there. he’s barely played this year

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Likely should have. Went back to DSL last year, even with the covid year in between. Though, that probably can’t be held against him TOO much

AdministrativeSky236

Kyle Nicolas fan club! Glad to have him back starting again

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