FCL Pirates win high scoring game
Through the first month of their season the Florida Complex League Pirates have been playing some strong baseball. That continued on Monday with a 12-9 victory over the FCL Red Sox, improving the Pirates to 15-6 on the season.
Jose Garces started for the Pirates. Garces allowed 3 runs on three hits, three walks, a wild pitch, and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched. After Garces was pulled, things would go sideways for the rest of the 4th inning.
Righty Jackson Grounds followed Garces and was woeful. Grounds only recorded one out while allowing three hits, walking a batter, and hitting a batter. Ground finished his day by being charged with 4 runs. Antwone Kelly was then summoned to get the final out of the 4th inning. While Kelly did so via strikeout, it was after he allowed 2 runs on three hits and a walk.
Kevison Hernandez and Jorge Ramos helped settle things down for the Pirates. Hernandez allowed three hits, issued a walk, and struck out eight batters 3.2 scoreless innings pitched. Ramos retired all four batters he faced, striking out two, while pitching the final 1.1 innings of the game.
As for the Pirate offense, there were plenty of contributors.
2021 draft class members Braylon Bishop and Lonnie White Jr. both had strong games. Bishop went 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and a RBI. White Jr. was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored.
Superbly talented shortstop Yordany De Los Santos was 1-for-5 with a RBI, a run scored, and his 13th stolen base of the season. Third baseman Javier Rivas was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a home run, a double, and three RBI.
Serving as the team's DH, intriguing catching prospect Axiel Plaz was 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, and three RBI. Second baseman Jeral Toledo went 1-for-2 with a triple, two walks, two runs scored, and he drove in a run.