Prospect Watch: Solid Starting Pitching All Around on Wednesday

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Season preview


Starting Pitcher:  Chad Kuhl 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Game Recap: The Indianapolis game has been suspended with a 2-2 score in the bottom of the eighth inning. It will be completed on Thursday prior to the regularly scheduled game. We will have the full recap then. For now I’ll mention that Chad Kuhl threw three shutout innings on 42 pitches, with 27 going for strikes. He allowed two runners and struck out five batters.

Bligh Madris has been promoted from Altoona to help fill in with the shortened bench. No full update on Travis Swaggerty, but he will definitely be out more than seven days according to the Pirates. Don’t take that as saying he might be back by June 1st either.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Travis MacGregor  5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 1-for-4, SB

Oneil Cruz 0-for-4

Rodolfo Castro 1-for-4

Mason Martin 0-for-4

Cal Mitchell 0-for-4

Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Recap: Altoona dropped a 2-0 decision to Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon. Travis MacGregor made his third start of the season and this was his best performance. He tossed five shutout innings on one hit and two walks, while picking up seven strikeouts. He now has a 3.38 ERA, with 19 strikeouts in 10.2 innings. Will Gardner followed with two runs over two innings, while Brad Case tossed shutout ball in the eighth. The Curve hitters were held to just four hits, all of them singles. They also had two walks and 12 strikeouts. Canaan Smith-Njigba had a nice game with a hit and two walks. The rest of the lineup went 3-for-30 at the plate. Ji-Hwan Bae stole his second base of the season. He’s batting .204 through 12 games.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Tahnaj Thomas 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Nick Gonzales 1-for-3, 2 BB

Matt Gorski, 1-for-4, 2B, SB, BB

Jared Triolo 2-for-5, 3 RBI, SB

Lolo Sanchez 1-for-5, SB

Game Recap: Greensboro tied the score late against Hickory, then won with four runs in the tenth inning, giving them an 8-5 victory. Tahnaj Thomas had another solid start, allowing two runs over five innings, on two hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Colin Selby allowed two runs over 2.1 frames, while Bear Bellomy got the win with one unearned run in 2.2 innings. He actually had the crazy stat line of facing one batter under the minimum (seven batters/eight outs) while still giving up a run.

Greensboro started their scoring in the third inning on a two-run single from Fabricio Macias. Jared Triolo had an infield single to bring home the third run of the inning. Grant Koch tied the game 4-4 in the eighth on a sacrifice fly. In the tenth, Macias started things with an RBI single. Triolo followed with a two-run single. Francisco Acuna brought in the final run with his second double, which scored Lolo Sanchez. Macias raised his average to .310 with three singles. He also stole his third base. Matt Fraizer had two hits to give him a .295 average. Gorski and Sanchez each picked up their fifth steal.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Santiago Florez  3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Jasiah Dixon 1-for-3, BB, SB

Dariel Lopez 1-for-3, HBP

Endy Rodriguez 0-for-4

Sammy Siani 0-for-4

Jase Bowen 0-for-3

Sergio Campana 0-for-2, BB

Alexander Mojica 0-for-3

Hudson Head 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap: Bradenton dropped a 7-0 decision to Lakeland on Wednesday. Starter Santiago Florez ran up his pitch count early with three walks and seven strikeouts contribution to that total. He went 3.2 innings and allowed just one run. He now has a 2.84 ERA in three starts, with 20 strikeouts in 12.2 innings. Logan Hofmann followed and allowed three runs in his three innings, but they were all unearned, as Dariel Lopez had a rough day at shortstop, committing three errors in the game. Hofmann has not allowed an earned run in 10.2 innings this season. Cameron Junker finished things off by allowing three runs in 2.1 innings. The offense was fairly quiet all night with just two singles, one each by Dariel Lopez and Jasiah Dixon, who each reached base twice. The rest of the lineup went 0-for-22 with two walks. Dixon stole his 11th base in 11 tries. The Marauders struck out 15 times.