Prospect Watch: Strong Start by Max Kranick, Hudson Head Homers

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Season preview


Starting Pitcher: James Marvel 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Anthony Alford 0-for-6

Kevin Kramer 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB

Nick Mears 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

Game Recap: Indianapolis won 6-4 in ten innings over St Paul on Friday night, as James Marvel had a solid start and Kevin Kramer had a big night at the plate. Marvel went 5.1 innings and allowed one run, which was unearned. Tyler Bashlor helped him out in the sixth by stranding two inherited runners. Nick Mears tossed a scoreless seventh, but Joe Jacques gave up three runs in the eighth to tie the score. Kevin Kramer his a two-run homer in the top of the tenth, his second homer of the season, and then Jandel Gustave closed things out for the save.

Kramer got the scoring started with a first inning double that brought home Chris Sharpe. Christian Bethancourt drove in Kramer with a single to make it 2-0. The Indians added a run in the sixth on a double by Joe Hudson. In the eighth, Kramer drew a bases loaded walk, which made it 4-1 at the time. Kramer reached base five times in the game. Sharpe, Bethancourt, Hudson and Bligh Madris each had two hits. Madris also added two walks.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Max Kranick 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 0-for-3, BB, SB

Rodolfo Castro 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI

Cal Mitchell 1-for-4, RBI, SB

Game Recap: Max Kranick had his best start of the season and Rodolfo Castro had a big game at the plate, as Altoona pulled off a 4-2 victory over Harrisburg. Kranick allowed a first inning run, then kept the opposition off of the board for the next four innings. He struck out eight batters, matching his combined total from his first two games. He now has a 4.02 ERA in 15.2 innings. Cam Vieaux followed with one run over two innings to pick up the win. Hunter Stratton and Oddy Nunez each tossed scoreless frames to finish off the game.

Rodolfo Castro had a single, his fourth double and his first triple. He scored two runs and drove in a run on his single in the fourth inning. Cal Mitchell started the scoring for Altoona with an RBI single in the second inning, which scored Castro. Brendt Citta had the big hit of the game, a two-run single in the eighth that broke a 2-2 tie. Daniel Amaral had two hits and a run scored.


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Starting Pitcher: Michael Burrows 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 1-for-4

Matt Gorski 0-for-4

Jack Herman 0-for-4

Game Recap: Greensboro had a rough night at the plate in their 3-0 loss to Hickory. Michael Burrows started and allowed his first run of the season, but he finished with one earned run over 4.1 innings, giving up just two hits. He now has an 0.73 ERA in three starts. Alex Manasa pitched the rest of the game and he did a great job. He allowed just one base runner in 3.2 innings, with one hit, no walks and six strikeouts. The only downside to his night was that he allowed two inherited runners to score, but both were unearned runs.

The offense was awful. The team had four singles, four walks and 17 strikeouts. Aaron Shackelford was the only batter to reach twice, as he singled and walked. Fabricio Macias was the only batter not to strike out. He drew a walk.


 Nick Gonzales to the injured list.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Domingo Gonzalez 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Jasiah Dixon 1-for-4

Sergio Campana 0-for-4

Dariel Lopez 0-for-4

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-4, 3B

Sammy Siani 0-for-4

Jase Bowen 1-for-4

Hudson Head 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Game Recap:  Bradenton lost 9-2 to Lakeland on Friday night, as starter Domingo Gonzalez got hit hard early and the bats couldn’t respond. Gonzalez lasted just two innings, allowing five runs total, four of them earned. Parker Brahms followed with one run over three innings. Luis Ortiz threw a scoreless sixth, then Brennan Malone had a rough 1.2 innings, giving up two unearned runs while walking four batters. Enmanuel Mejia made his debut in the U.S., throwing 1.1 innings with one unearned run. The offense was Hudson Head, who hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot that just cleared the right field wall in the second inning. Endy Rodriguez had a single and a triple. The Marauders had six hits total, while drawing no walks and striking out 14 times. They lead the league with 196 strikeouts in 16 games.