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Pirates Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Nearly Pulls Off Crazy Comeback



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Things looked like they were over in the very early stages for Triple-A Indianapolis. Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Quinn Priester struggled and the Indians found themselves down 8-0 after two innings.

After getting blanked through the first six innings, Indianapolis scored twice in the seventh and tying the game with six runs in the eighth. After they again lost the lead in the bottom of the eighth, the Indians plated a run in the ninth and threatened to add on more but came up just short in their 10-9 loss.

Indianapolis showed great fight as a handful of players nearly pulled off a wild come-from-behind victory.

Here are the Pirates’ prospects who stood out for Indianapolis and throughout the system on Saturday.

Indianapolis (23-26)

2B Aaron Shackelford

  • Game stats: 1 for 4, one home run, two RBIs, one run, one walk
  • Season stats: .269/.409/.546, seven doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 20 RBIs, four steals, 38 games

RHP Eli Villalobos

  • Game stats: 3.0 innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, one strikeout
  • Season stats: 1-0, 4.76 ERA, 6er/11.1ip, nine hits, nine walks, 10 strikeouts, 10 appearances

Villalobos kept Indianapolis in the game and Shackelford’s homer led the rally attempt but the Indians came up short in their 10-9 loss to the Columbus Clippers.

Pirates prospect Chavez Young drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

Altoona (21-21)

RHP Jared Jones

  • Game stats: 4.1 innings, four hits, no runs, three walks, five strikeouts
  • Season stats: 0-2, 2.54 ERA, 8er/28.1ip, 24 hits, 1o walks, 33 strikeouts, seven appearances/seven starts

RF Matt Fraizer

  • Game stats: 2 for 4, one double
  • Season stats: .265/.326/.402, nine doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs, four steals, 37 games

Jones had another impressive outing while Fraizer collected a pair of hits but Altoona was blanked 6-0 by the Hartford Yard Goats.

Tyler Samaniego tossed two innings of spotless relief while Pirates prospect Matt Gorski singled and was on base twice.

Greensboro (23-20)


Bradenton (24-20)

RHP Derek Diamond

  • Game stats: 6.0 innings, three hits, no runs, no walks, six strikeouts
  • Season stats: 3-3, 4.93 ERA, 19er/34.2ip, 42 hits, four walks, 34 strikeouts, eight appearances/five starts

2B Deivis Nadal

  • Game stats: 2 for 4, one home run, one RBI, two runs
  • Season stats: .174/.313/.391, six doubles, one triple, four home runs, 13 RBIs, 12 steals, 34 games

Diamond’s six dominant innings and Nadal’s home run paved the way to a 9-0 Marauders’ win over the Jupiter Hammerheads.

Pirates prospects Shalin Polanco and Geovanny Planchart each had two hits and two RBIs. Continuing his rehab assignment, Travis Swaggerty walked twice, stole a base and scored a run.

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