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Prospect Watch: Rehab Week Continues and Aaron Shortridge Makes AA Debut

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The three rookie level teams all won.  Altoona had the only win at the full-season level, although Bradenton was rained out.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

P2Daily: Indianapolis Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Zach Matson

  • Final Line: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

  • Josh VanMeter 0-4, BB
  • Ji-Hwan Bae 3-5
  • Mason Martin 2-5
  • Travis Swaggerty 0-3, BB
  • Jamie Ritchie 1-2, 2 BB
  • Travis MacGregor 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (34-34) lost to Memphis, 11-8.  The pitching could have been better.  Zach Matson started and gave up two runs over an inning and a third.  Travis MacGregor and John O’Reilly each allowed four.  Aaron Fletcher gave up the last one.  The offense showed some life, as Ji-Hwan Bae had three hits and Mason Martin two.  Josh VanMeter was the only rehabber in the lineup; he went hitless and committed two errors.  Josh Bissonette drove in three runs and Jamie Ritchie reached base three times, on a hit and two walks.  Rodolfo Castro got himself ejected after striking out his first two times up.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

P2Daily: It’s Altoona Curve Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Shortridge

  • Final Line: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

  • Matt Fraizer 2-6
  • Liover Peguero 2-5, SB
  • Sabol 0-5, 3 K, SB
  • Matt Gorski 1-3, 2 BB, SB
  • Henry Davis 2-4, 2B, BB
  • Jared Triolo 0-2, 3 BB
  • Brendt Citta 3-5
  • Tahnaj Thomas 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Tyler Samaniego 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Game Recap:

Altoona (32-35) beat New Hampshire in a seesaw game, 8-7.  Aaron Shortridge had a rough AA debut, as he allowed four runs over two innings, all coming on a pair of longballs.  Tahnaj Thomas got the win with two scoreless innings.  Tyler Samaniego worked the ninth for his fourth AA save.  The Curve had a dozen hits and eight walks, and had 19 at-bats with runners in scoring position.  Brendt Citta had three hits, and Matt Fraizer and Liover Peguero two each.  Henry Davis broke an 0-for-15 slide with a single and a double.  Matt Gorski had a single and two walks, and Jared Triolo drew three walks.  Blake Sabol went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts; in June, he has a .663 OPS and is whiffing in a third of his ABs.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

P2Daily: It’s Greensboro Grasshoppers and Matt Gorski Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Sean Sullivan

  • Final Line: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Endy Rodriguez 0-4
  • Abrahan Gutierrez 1-2, 2B, 2 BB
  • Fabricio Macias 1-4, HR (3)
  • Hudson Head 0-1, 3 BB

Game Recap:

Greensboro (27-39) got shelled by Asheville, 14-4.  Sean Sullivan had a bad start, allowing six runs over two and two-thirds innings.  Logan Hofmann allowed another five, four earned.  The offense managed only three hits, but walked ten times.  They went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.  Fabricio Macias hit his third home run and Abrahan Gutierrez had a double and two walks.  Hudson Head walked three times.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

P2Daily: It’s Bradenton Marauders Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez (1-5, 3.22)

  • Final Line: Stat lines will be added after the game.

Notable Performances:

  • Stats for the top performers will be posted after the game.

Game Recap:

The Marauders were rained out.  They’ll try to play two tomorrow.

RK: FCL PIRATES

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 FCL Pirates

Game Time: Noon

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Bladimir Dotel

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Braylon Bishop 0-3, BB
  • Javier Rivas 1-3, BB
  • Rafael Escalante 2-3, 2B

Game Recap:

The Pirates (8-6) scored two in the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh for a (seven-inning) walkoff over the Orioles, 4-3.  Pirate pitchers allowed only two hits, both singles, but walks produced the runs.  Bladimir Dotel worked three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and fanning four.  After a scoreless inning by Enmanuel De Los Santos, Owen Sharts took the mound.  He struck out the first batter he faced, then walked the next four.  Miguel Diaz came on to allow two more runs on a fielder’s choice and another bases-loaded walk.  Luigi Hernandez threw an inning and two-thirds, and Carlos Campos got the last out in the seventh.  Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth, the Pirates got two runs on a single by Rafael Escalante and a ground ball.  In the ninth, the Pirates got two on with two out, and the Orioles went with a new pitcher.  He threw three wild pitches, allowing both runners to score.  (There’s a reason the Orioles are 2-12.)  For the day, Rafael Escalente had the only extra base hit, a double, along with a single.  Javier Rivas and Solomon Maguire each had a single, and Rivas made a spectacular diving catch of a liner with the bases loaded.  Jesus Castillo went 1-for-3 and left the game after hitting the first base bag awkwardly while trying to run out a swinging bunt.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 DSL Pirates

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Brandison Paulino

  • Final Line: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Ewry Espinal 1-3, 2B, 2 BB
  • Isaac Paulino 2-3, 2 BB, SB
  • Rodolfo De La Cruz 1-5, HR (1)
  • Eduardo Oviedo 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Hader Blanco 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

The Black team (8-7) beat the NYY Bombers, 7-2.  A lot of the offense came from walks, as the Pirates had ten with just six hits, while the Yankees had only two hits but drew six walks.  Rodolfo De La Cruz hit his first home run of the year, but also struck out three times.  Ewry Espinal had a double and two walks, and Isaac Paulino reached four times on two singles and two walks.  Eduardo Oviedo had a double, a walk and two RBIs.  Brandison Polanco allowed just two hits and no walks over four innings, but one of the hits was a home run following a hit batsman.  Hader Blanco threw four hitless innings, walking three and fanning four.  Reyson Santos worked a scoreless ninth despite walking three.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Yojeiry Osoria

  • Final Line: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Ruben Vizcaya 1-3, 2 BB, SB
  • Yordany De Los Santos 1-4, 2 BB
  • Gustavo Armas 3-5
  • Isaias Dipre 2-4
  • Luis Faringthon 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

The Gold team (10-5) stomped the NYY Yankees, 10-3.  Gustavo Armas broke out of a slump, going 3-for-5 with a double.  Isaias Dipre had a single and a double, and Yordany De Los Santos and Ruben Vizcaya each had a single and two walks.  Roinny Aguiar had a double and two RBIs.  Yojeiry Osoria started and went two innings without allowing a hit, but he walked four and gave up a run.  Luis Faringthon struck out four over three scoreless innings.  Alberto Saba allowed the other two runs in three innings, but got the win.

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Wilbur Miller
Wilbur Miller
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.

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