Prospect Watch: DSL Pirates Gold Stay Alive

Morning playoff in the DSL.  Everybody else is in the evening.  Valentin Linarez, who was just promoted from Bradenton, will pitch for Greensboro.

One roster note:  To nobody’s surprise, I’m sure, Brennan Malone’s roster status has been changed to “injured — full season.”


Prospect Watch: Playoffs Start in the Dominican; Doubleheader Sweep for Greensboro


Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Zach Matson

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

Notable Performances:

  • Hoy Park 2-5, HR (8)
  • Cal Mitchell 1-4, BB, SB
  • Kevin Padlo 2-5, 2B
  • Jack Suwinski 2-3, HR (6)
  • Mason Martin 1-2, 2B, 2 BB
  • Jared Oliva 2-2, BB, SF, 2 SB
  • Miguel Yajure 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (61-58) pummeled Rochester, 9-1.  Indy got production from almost everybody.  Hoy Park had a single and his eighth AAA home run.  Jack Suwinski had a single, a walk and his sixth AAA homer.  It was his 23rd overall for the year.  Jared Oliva had two hits, a walk and two steals.  Kevin Padlo had a single and a double, and Mason Martin contributed a double and two walks.  Cal Mitchell had a hit, a walk and a steal.  Zach Matson started the game and somehow got through two innings without a run.  He gave up four walks and a hit.  Miguel Yajure followed and was more effective, giving up a run over five innings, while fanning seven.


Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

Notable Performances:

  • Malcom Nunez 2-4, HR (4)
  • Andres Alvarez 1-3, BB
  • J.C. Flowers 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Game Recap:

Luis Ortiz fanned ten over five innings, but Altoona (58-59) lost to Bowie, 4-1.  It was another game for Ortiz in which he dominated much of the time, but just enough went wrong.  He allowed seven hits and three runs, one of them unearned.  He didn’t walk anybody.  Colin Selby gave up a run over two innings and J.C. Flowers worked one scoreless inning.  The hitters didn’t show up, except for Malcom Nunez.  He had two of the three Altoona hits, including his fourth home run since the Pirates acquired him.  Andres Alvarez had the other hit and also a walk.  Jared Triolo stole his 24th base.  The Curve whiffed a dozen times.


Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez

  • Final Line: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Mike Jarvis 2-4
  • Abrahan Gutierrez 2-5
  • Jacob Gonzalez 2-5
  • Santiago Florez 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

Greensboro (52-63) beat Greenville, 5-4, in ten innings.  Valentin Linarez made his first start after being promoted from Bradenton.  (It wasn’t his first start at Greensboro, as he made a couple there late last year when the Hoppers had a COVID outbreak and brought reinforcements up from the FCL.)  Linarez did pretty well, allowing two runs over four and two-thirds innings.  He didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings, but evidently tired in the fifth.  The Hoppers took a 3-2 lead into the eighth on the strength of an RBI single by Jacob Gonzalez and a two-run single by Abrahan Gutierrez.  Santiago Florez threw two and a third scoreless innings in relief, but Cam Junker allowed the tying run in the bottom of the eighth.  Greensboro got two in the top of the tenth, in an odd inning.  The first two batters got hit by pitches, followed by the ejection of the Greenville manager.  (Greensboro manager Callix Crabbe had been ejected back in the fifth.)  The Hoppers eked out two runs in what could have been a big inning, but Eddy Yean allowed only the free runner to score in the bottom half.  The Hoppers had nine hits on the day, all singles.  Gutierrez and Gonzalez each had two.  Mike Jarvis got two hits after replacing Dariel Lopez early in the game.  Lopez has missed a few games in the last week, so he apparently is dinged up somehow or other.


Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Peralta

  • Final Line: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 2-3, 2 BB, SB
  • Henry Davis 1-2
  • Wyatt Hendrie 1-2
  • Tres Gonzalez 2-4

Game Recap:

Bradenton (60-57) lost to Dunedin, 7-5.  Luis Peralta started and couldn’t throw strikes, managing just 28 in 54 pitches.  He lasted only an inning and two-thirds, walking three and allowing four runs.  Carlos Campos also struggled, giving up three runs in two and a third innings.  Eighth-round draft pick Cy Nielson worked an inning and two-thirds without allowing a run.  Tsung-Che Cheng reached base four times, upping his OPS to .810.  He also stole his 27th base.  Cheng and Tres Gonzalez were the only two players with two hits.  Henry Davis played half the game behind the plate and had an RBI single.  Wyatt Hendrie replaced him and also had an RBI single.  Jack Brannigan stole his sixth base for the Marauders in just 14 games.


Game Time: 10:30am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Isaias Uribe

  • Final Line: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Ruben Vizcaya 2-2, BB
  • Yordany De Los Santos 2-4, 2B, BB, SB
  • Carlos Tirado 0-2, 3 BB
  • Axiel Plaz 1-1, 2B, BB, HBP
  • Roinny Aguiar 2-3, 2 BB
  • Tony Blanco, Jr. 1-3, HR
  • Darlin Diaz 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Game Recap:

The Pirates Gold apparently weren’t content to go slinking meekly into the off-season the way their parent club is doing.  After dropping the opener of their playoff series with Houston Orange, they scored six runs in the first inning, then another five in the fourth, and coasted to a 12-4 win, evening the series.  The big blows early were a two-run double by Yordany De Los Santos and a three-run bomb by Tony Blanco, Jr.  Axiel Plaz had a two-run double later.  De Los Santos and Plaz each reached base three times, the former on two hits and a walk, the latter on one hit, one walk and a hit batsman.  Carlos Tirado didn’t get a hit, but drew three of the Pirates’ dozen walks.  Roinny Aguiar reached four times on two hits and two walks, and Ruben Vizcaya had two hits and a walk before leaving early as the Pirates substituted freely.  Isaias Uribe started and went three and two-thirds, giving up one earned and one unearned run.  Darlin Diaz retired the last six batters, five on strikes.

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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And why is our 23 year old outfielder who is batting .332 not starting for the Pirates?


Because Pirates genius management team would much rather have Allen, VanMeter, Chavis and the like get the precious remaining at bats this season


Why was Plaz pulled?


Hope is a dangerous thing.


De los santos with a 2 run 2B and blanco jr with a 3 run bomb, gold puts up 6 in the first!


blanco hasn’t played much but when he has, he’s hit bombs. the power is as advertised!


Great start! Let’s pile on, hold on, and get to Game 3.

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