SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/21: High-A
Eugene Emeralds 3 at Tri-City Dust Devils 2
Performance of the Game: Brandon Martorano (2-4, 3B, 2 R including go-ahead run)
It was a real nail-biter in Tri-City on Friday, as the Emeralds just eked out a win. The ninth inning was a real thriller. POG Brandon Martorano tripled to lead off the inning and the Ems loaded up the bases. But after a pair of strikeouts, the ballgame seemed to be over. However, from the jaws of defeat, a wild pitch for the second strikeout and Martorano rushed to home plate to score the go-ahead run.
In the bottom half, the Ems handed the ball to their closer, Jose Marte. The Dust Devils seemed to be in shape to at least tie the game after a HBP to Spencer Griffin followed by a single by Julio de la Cruz. Marte then proceeded to strike out the final two batters looking, both in full counts, to seal the thrilling win.
It was a pitching battle all throughout, as starter Connor Nurse pitched his finest outing of the season, a five-inning effort with 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, and 2 earned runs. The bullpen was stellar as well, with the aforementioned Marte closing it out and righty John Russell earning the W.
Aside from Martorano, most of the bats went relatively quiet but managed to get runs whenever they had the opportunity. Jacob Gonzalez punched in the first run of the game n a line-drive single to right in the second, and Simon Whiteman tied the game up in a 1-4-3 groundout that scored the Emetttrald’s catcher.