Prospect Watch: Huge Day for Andres Alvarez in Altoona Loss

Lots of rain-shortened action around the system, although everybody got a game in.  Jack Brannigan made his debut in the FCL.

Two-homer games seem to be a thing lately.  Who’s your pick to do it tomorrow?

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Prospect Watch: The DSL Pirates Win Two Over DSL Yankees; FCL Pirates Shutout Braves

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jerad Eickhoff

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

Notable Performances:

  • Rodolfo Castro 2-5, 2B, 3B
  • Diego Castillo 1-5
  • Travis Swaggerty 2-4, 2B
  • Jack Suwinski 1-4
  • Nick Mears 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Cody Bolton 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (47-50) came from behind in the bottom of the tenth to beat Louisville, 5-4.  Indy tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, 3-3, when Travis Swaggerty doubled and Carter Bins singled to score him.  In the top of the tenth, Bins threw the free runner out stealing, but Cam Vieaux gave up a two-out home run.  Indy’s first two batters in the bottom half fanned, but Rodolfo Castro doubled and Diego Castillo singled to win the game.  Starter Jerad Eickhoff fanned four over two scoreless innings.  Nick Mears, newly assigned to AAA, gave up a run and struck out two in one inning.  Cody Bolton and Travis MacGregor each threw two hitless and scoreless innings.  Indy hitters fanned 15 times and didn’t draw a walk.  Castro had a triple as well as the double, and Swaggerty also had two hits.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Game Time: 6:00pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Shortridge

  • Final Line: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jared Triolo 1-4, 2B, BB, SB
  • Andres Alvarez 3-4, 2B, 2 HR (17), SB
  • Blake Sabol 2-4, 2B, BB
  • Connor Scott 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Carmen Mlodzinski 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • J.C. Flowers 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Game Recap:

Altoona (47-50) lost to Akron, 5-2.  Aaron Shortridge had a rough start.  He gave up four hits and five walks in two and two-thirds innings; he was probably lucky to allow only four runs.  Carmen Mlodzinski worked two innings in relief, giving up a solo home run and striking out four.  J.C. Flowers allowed just a hit over three scoreless innings, striking out five.  The offense came from Andres Alvarez, who hit a pair of solo home runs, giving him 17 longballs on the year.  Alvarez also had a double, a walk and a steal, his 18th.  Blake Sabol had a single, a double and a walk.  Jared Triolo and Connor Scott each had a double and a walk, and Triolo stole his 20th base.  The Curve had a lot of chances, but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.  Liover Peguero committed his 24th error.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Game Time: 7:35pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jack Carey

  • Final Line: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Dariel Lopez 2-4, 2B, HBP, 4 errors
  • Endy Rodriguez 1-4, 2B
  • Yoyner Fajardo 2-4
  • Hudson Head 2-3, HR (9), BB

Game Recap:

Greensboro (42-53) lost to Bowling Green, 11-6.  The Hoppers partly did themselves in, committing five errors.  Jack Carey had what was undoubtedly a frustrating start.  He fanned five in two and two-thirds innings and allowed no earned runs, but he was charged with four unearned runs.  Dariel Lopez had his own problems.  He had a single and a double, but he also committed four of the errors, including two that let in Carey’s runs.  Lopez now has 24 errors total on the year at all positions, along with an .874 fielding percentage at third base.  Domingo Gonzalez, Logan Hofmann and Matt Eckelman followed Carey and gave up seven runs, all earned, and seven walks over six combined innings.  Hudson Head had a big day, with a three-run home run, a single and a walk.  He scored three times.  The longball was Head’s ninth on the season, with six coming in his last 18 games.  Yoyner Fajardo had two hits, and Endy Rodriguez and Francisco Acuna each had a double.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game Time: 7:00pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Bubba Chandler

  • Final Line: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 1-1, BB, SB
  • Jase Bowen 1-2, BB
  • Maikol Escotto 2-3, 2B
  • Anthony Solometo 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

Bradenton (49-47) beat Fort Myers, 2-1, in a game limited to seven innings after a two-hour rain delay at the start.  Bubba Chandler started and had some control problems, walking four in three and a third innings.  He only gave up one hit and one run, though.  Anthony Solometo finished with three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and a walk.  The Marauders got both runs in the sixth, on a Juan Jerez sacrifice fly and a Wyatt Hendrie single.  They had six hits in the game, with Maikol Escotto getting a single and double, and Deivis Nadal a double.  Tsung-Che Cheng and Jase Bowen each had a single and a walk, and Cheng stole his 20th base.

RK: FCL PIRATES

Game Time: Noon

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Grant Ford

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

Notable Performances:

  • Jack Brannigan 0-1, BB, HBP
  • Deion Walker 2-2
  • Esmerlyn Valdez 1-4, 2B, BB
  • Omar Alfonzo 2-4, HR (1), BB
  • Jesus Castillo 1-3, 2 BB
  • Antwone Kelly 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Jorge Ramos 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

The FCL Pirates (24-16) came back from a 6-1 deficit and beat the Braves, 7-6, in ten innings.  Jack Brannigan, the team’s third round draft pick, made the first debut for a 2022 draftee.  He played third and made three plate appearances before leaving for a pinch runner.  He lined out to deep left, walked and was hit by a pitch.  (He was not injured.)  Grant Ford and Lolo Sanchez made rehab appearances.  Ford started and threw two innings.  He had a rough beginning, giving up three straight singles, but settled down after that.  Ford was charged with two runs, one earned.  Hung-Leng Chang followed and got hit hard, allowing six hits and four runs over three innings.  Antwone Kelly and Jorge Ramos followed and worked three and two scoreless innings, respectively, each fanning four.  Ramos stranded the free runner in the top of the tenth.  A lot of the offense came from Omar Alfonzo and Esmerlyn Valdez.  Alfonzo drove in a pair with his first home run of the year and a single.  Valdez drove in three, with a two-run double and a groundout.  Deion Walker, who ran for Brannigan, had two hits and two runs scored.  Solomon Maguire had a pinch-hit, RBI single in the eighth to tie the game and also contributed a sacrifice bunt to move the free runner to third in the tenth.  The run then scored on a wild pitch.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Joseph

  • Final Line: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Ewry Espinal 0-1, 2 BB, SB
  • Miguel Sosa 1-1, HR (3), 2 BB, SB
  • Eddy Rodriguez 2-3

Game Recap:

The Black team (19-23) beat Tampa Bay, 4-1, in a game stopped in the top of the sixth by rain.  The good guys got a break, as Tampa Bay had runners at the corners and nobody out when the game ended.  Luis Joseph started and allowed an unearned run over two and two-thirds innings while fanning five.  Greiber Mendez went the last two and a third, allowing no hits and two walks, with both of the latter on base when the game stopped.  Most of the offense came from Ewry Espinal, Miguel Sosa and Eddy Rodriguez.  Sosa hit his third home run of the year, walked twice, scored twice and drove in two.  Espinal walked twice and scored twice, and Rodriguez had two hits.  Sosa and Espinal each stole a base.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Dermis Ordonez

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

Notable Performances:

  • Yordany De Los Santos 1-2, SF
  • Carlos Tirado 1-3
  • Isaias Dipre 1-3, 2B

Game Recap:

The Gold team (29-13) lost, 3-1, to LAD Bautista in a game shortened by rain to six innings.  Starter Dermis Ordonez allowed no hits and one unearned run in three innings, although he walked three.  Fares Sanchez gave up the other two runs.  The offense consisted of singles by Yordany De Los Santos and Carlos Tirado, and a double by Isaias Dipre.   De Los Santos drove in the only run with a sacrifice fly.

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NMR

Don’t call it a comeback, but Connor Scott is on his BS again…130 wRC+ so far coming out of the break, after turning it on over the last two months of last year as well. Keep plugging away.

k1rainey

What’s BS?

NMR

a phrase the kids are saying these days, did i use it right?

NMR

Andres Alvarez, probably aren’t three hitters in the system I like watching more. The man doesn’t get cheated!

TNBucs

In my sample size of one game in person ;), Alvarez didn’t do much at bat but he struck me as a ballplayer. Something about the way he approached each AB–hard to put my finger on it, but he just seemed very into making each opportunity count. I also came away more impressed than I expected to be about Triolo and Sabol.

ricramer

Diego with the walk off win. Nice.

AdministrativeSky236

Someone tell me bubba isnt the injury delay in bradenton!

AdministrativeSky236

Mlod out of the pen? Also sad bradenton is delayed on bubba day

chappy

Jesus Castillo on base three times today, batting .404 and OBP over .500.

mpg43952

Jesus wept, that’s great! And Bubba under the lights! What a day.

KirkV12

Dare I dream that Javier Rivas was held out of the FCL lineup because he has been promoted? Or is it more like the major league squad, where the hottest hand is given the bench so the Tsutsugos and VanMeters can get their hacks?

AdministrativeSky236

Sad 🙁 I want nothing more than for that guy to get some extended healthy time just to see what could be

Danatural08

Anyone know if Brannigan was still rocking the mustache he had going during the CWS?

PirateRican21

Greensboro is gonna be stream today, gonna try to watch the Endy/Daniel show!

roibert.kasperski

Hank Davis feels B’s pain…………….

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Brannigan drew a walk. Promote him.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

chappy

So where do guys like Axial Plaz and Tony Blanco disappear to when they don’t play for days?

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