Prospect Watch: Strong Pitching from Max Kranick and Michael Burrows; Rodolfo Castro Stars for Altoona

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Season preview


Starting Pitcher: James Marvel 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Cole Tucker 2-for-5

Kevin Kramer 1-for-4, 3B

Will Craig 1-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Braeden Ogle 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

Game Recap:  Indianapolis lost 4-3 in ten innings on Friday night. James Marvel allowed two runs in the first inning, then threw four shutout innings to close out his night. Kyle Keller made his first appearance with the Pirates and he tossed a scoreless sixth. Braeden Ogle handled the next four outs without issue, then Shea Spitzbarth allowed a run to tie the score. Tyler Bashlor threw 1.2 innings, allowing the winning run, which was the runner who started extra innings on second base. Cole Tucker had his second straight two-hit game, but he got thrown out of the game in the tenth after a call at first base. Will Craig collected his first hit of the season, a two-run double in the sixth. He also picked up an RBI on a ground out in the fourth inning. Kevin Kramer had a triple and run scored. Travis Swaggerty grounded into a double play as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Max Kranick 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Mason Martin 0-for-4, BB

Rodolfo Castro 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Cal Mitchell 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Yerry De Los Santos 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

Game Recap: Altoona won 5-4 on a walk-off single by Rodolfo Castro to lead-off the bottom of the tenth inning. Max Kranick got the start and was outstanding through five shutout inning, before giving up two runs in the sixth. According to the Altoona announcers, Kranick hit 99 MPH with his fastball. Brad Case came on to finish the sixth, then allowed two runs in the seventh, before tossing a scoreless eighth. He walked three batters, a mark he has reached just four times as a starter in two seasons since being drafted. Yerry De Los Santos pitched two shutout innings for the win, allowing one runner on a hit batter.

The Curve had a rough game at the plate, striking out 17 times, including three strikeouts each by Oneil Cruz, Mason Martin and Arden Pabst. Rodolfo Castro had three hits, including his first home run. Cal Mitchell reached base three times on two hits and a walk. Jonah Davis had a homer, a double and he reached via hit-by-pitch. Altoona stole five bases.


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Starting Pitcher: Michael Burrows 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 1-for-4

Nick Gonzales 1-for-4

Lolo Sanchez 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Matt Gorski 0-for-4

Jack Herman 0-for-3

Game Recap: Michael Burrows had an outstanding performance against Hickory on Friday night, but the back-end of the bullpen fell apart in an 8-4 loss. Just one runner reached against Burrows on an error by Liover Peguero to start the fourth inning. He retired each of the other 12 batters, eight on strikeouts, including six strikeouts in the final two innings. He threw 46 pitches, with 38 going for strikes. Trey McGough followed with two no-hit innings, sending the game to the seventh with no hits for Hickory. Austin Roberts came on and allowed three runs in his first inning and two more runners in the eighth before Garrett Leonard replaced him with no outs. Both runs scored, leaving Roberts with five runs over one inning of work. He gave up just one hit, but he walked four batters. Leonard gave up three runs of his own over the final two innings, serving up two homers.

Aaron Shackelford’s two-run homer in the fourth inning was the big hit for Greensboro. He also drove in a run in the sixth on an RBI single. The other Grasshoppers run scored on a Lolo Sanchez ground out.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Domingo Gonzalez 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Jasiah Dixon 0-for-4, BB, SB

Hudson Head 1-for-4

Endy Rodriguez 0-for-4

Sergio Campana 0-for-4

Sammy Siani 0-for-3, BB

Alexander Mojica 2-for-4

Jase Bowen 0-for-3

Maikol Escotto 2-for-4, 3B

JC Flowers 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO

Game Recap: Bradenton had a great chance to tie/win in the ninth inning, but instead they dropped to 1-3 with a 2-1 loss. They loaded the bases with one out in the ninth on a Sammy Siani walk, an Alexander Mojica single and a Will Matthiessen walk. Another walk to Claudio Finol made it a 2-1 game, but Maikol Escotto and Jasiah Dixon each struck out to end the game. Escotto and Mojica each had two hits, while the rest of the lineup went 1-for-25 with 12 strikeouts. Domingo Gonzalez got the start and lasted 3.2 innings. He gave up two runs, though one was unearned due to an error on Mojica. Alex Aquino and JC Flowers followed with 5.1 scoreless innings, combining for one hit and one walk. Flowers threw three shutout innings in his season debut, also allowing one hit.