Prospect Watch: Soriano, Yajure and Ashcraft All Impressive

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INDIANAPOLIS

(8:05pm) — Indianapolis and St. Paul will first complete their suspended game from last night.  The score was tied, 2-2, in the bottom of the eighth.  It’s not clear whether they’ll start that one at 8:05 or earlier.

Season preview

Boxscore — suspended game

Boxscore — regularly scheduled game

Starting Pitcher:  Miguel Yajure 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

Chris Sharpe 2-7, 2B, 2 BB

Cole Tucker 4-9, 2B, 3B

Chad Kuhl 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Cody Ponce 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Austin Davis 1 IP, 3 K

Geoff Hartlieb 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Game Recap:  Indianapolis lost the completion of yesterday’s suspended game with St. Paul, 3-2.  They resumed play in the bottom of the eighth with the score 2-2.  Austin Davis took his rehab to AAA and struck out the side, but Indy went down on three strikeouts in the top of the ninth.  Shea Spitzbarth loaded the bases with two out in the bottom of the ninth and gave up a walkoff single.  Prior to the game being suspended, Chad Kuhl started his rehab with three scoreless innings.

Indy (9-5) won the regularly scheduled game, 7-3.  Miguel Yajure turned in a strong start, allowing one run, on a solo home run, over six innings and 84 pitches.  He gave up only three hits.  Cole Tucker had a big game, getting a single, double and triple, and driving in three runs.  Bligh Madris went 2-for-4 in his AAA debut.  Christian Bethancourt continued to hit well, going 2-for-4 with a double.  Jason Delay also had two hits.  Geoff Hartlieb had a tough time in relief, walking three and allowing a hit in his one inning.  A double play kept him from allowing more than one run.

ALTOONA

(6:30pm)

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Noe Toribio 4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 1-3, 2B, 2 BB

Ji-Hwan Bae 1-5, SB

Rodolfo Castro 1-4, BB

Mason Martin 1-2, 2B, BB

Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-3, BB

Yerry De Los Santos 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Game Recap:  Altoona (9-5) beat Harrisburg, 5-2.  Noe Toribio gave up seven hits and two runs, and couldn’t quite finish the fifth.  Cam Alldred threw two and a third scoreless innings and Yerry De Los Santos finished with two hitless innings.  Every player in the Curve lineup had one hit except Jonah Davis, who was 0-for-4, and Cal Mitchell, who was 2-4 with his second home run of the season.  Mason Martin had a two-run double, and Oneil Cruz and Brendt Citta each had doubles.  Citta is batting .333.

GREENSBORO

(7:00pm)

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Braxton Ashcraft 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Notable Performances:

Lolo Sanchez 1-3, 2B, BB

Jack Herman 1-4, 2B

Game Recap:  Greensboro (9-6) edged Hickory, 3-2.  Braxton Ashcraft had another outstanding start, with the only blemish being a solo home run.  He fanned seven over five innings.  Oliver Garcia threw a scoreless inning and Austin Roberts gave up a run over three innings.  Jared Triolo and Jesus Valdez each had solo shots, the first of the year for each.  Matt Fraizer drove in the other run.  He had a single and a double, and is now batting .313.  Nick Gonzales got a day off.

BRADENTON

(6:05pm)

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Jose Soriano 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

Jasiah Dixon 0-4

Sergio Campana 3-3, 2B, 2 BB

Maikol Escotto 0-1, HBP, SB

Dariel Lopez 2-2

Jase Bowen 1-5

Hudson Head 0-3, 2 BB

Sammy Siani 2-3, 2 BB, SB

Eli Wilson 3-4, 2B, BB

Eddy Yean 2.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Game Recap:  Bradenton (8-7) came into tonight’s game having been shut out twice in a row on five total hits.  This time they got 14 hits and stomped Lakeland, 12-6.  Rule 5 pick Jose Soriano made his Pirate debut and pitched his first game since Tommy John surgery.  He dominated, fanning five over three innings, throwing 24 of 31 pitches for strikes and consistently hitting 97-98 with his fastball.  Eddy Yean followed and gave up all six runs.  He pitched well for two innings, then came apart in his third.  Wandi Montout, Denny Roman and Oliver Mateo got through three and two-thirds combined despite allowing four hits and four walks.  Mateo hit 100 mph five times in the ninth.

Sergio Campana and Will Matthiessen had big days.  Campana reached base five times and scored four runs.  Matthiessen drove in six runs with two doubles and his second home run of the year, although one of the doubles was a pop fly that nobody wanted.  Eli Wilson and Sammy Siani each reached base four times and each scored three runs.  Maikol Escotto appeared to hurt his shoulder on a stolen base and left about half an inning later.  He also got hit with a pitch, which might have factored into it.  Dariel Lopez replaced him and drove in three runs.

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