Prospect Watch: Ke’Bryan Hayes Homers; Bradenton Gets Strong Starting Pitching and Loses by 13 Runs

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Starting Pitcher:  Beau Sulser  4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Ke’Bryan Hayes 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Braeden Ogle 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO

Game Recap: Indianapolis mounted a late comeback, but they still dropped a 5-4 decision. They finished week three with an 11-6 record. Ke’Bryan Hayes served as the DH in his second rehab game and he went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the eighth inning. He also doubled and scored two runs. Christian Bethancourt had a big game, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI. TJ Rivera and Ethan Paul each had two hits. The Indians struck out 15 times.

Starter Beau Sulser had a rough time in his four innings, though his defense let him down, resulting in three unearned runs. He gave up all five runs by St Paul during his four innings of work. Braeden Ogle tossed 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out four batter. He now has a 1.04 ERA. Shea Sptizbarth threw a shutout frame and Geoff Hartlieb retired all four batters he faced.


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Starting Pitcher: Jeffrey Passantino 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 1-for-5

Oneil Cruz 1-for-5, RBI

Mason Martin 0-for-5

Rodolfo Castro 0-for-4

Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-for-4

Cal Mitchell 2-for-3, BB

Game Recap: Starter Jeffrey Passantino had a no-hitter through five innings, but it still took 11 innings before Altoona was able to pull off a 5-4 victory over Harrisburg. Altoona finished week three with an 11-6 record on the season. Will Gardner tossed a scoreless sixth, then Oddy Nunez allowed three runs in the seventh. Brad Case came on with two outs and stranded an inherited runner, then he tossed a scoreless eighth by picking up three strikeouts. Cam Alldred handled the ninth to send it to extra innings, then Yerry De Los Santos pitched the final two inning for the win. He allowed one unearned run, which was the runner that started the 11th inning at second base.

Altoona bats didn’t have the best day, especially with one walk and 14 strikeouts. However, they did enough to win, led by a two-run homer from Deon Stafford, his first of the season. Daniel Amaral picked up two RBIs in the game, one on a first inning ground out, and another on an 11th inning double. He came around to score on an RBI single by Oneil Cruz. Cal Mitchell reached base three times on two singles and a walk.


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Starting Pitcher: Trey McGough 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Lolo Sanchez 0-for-4

Matt Gorski 0-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Game Recap: Greensboro dropped a 2-1 decision on Sunday, ending their third week of action with a 9-9 record. Trey McGough made his first start and he was impressive, throwing shutout ball on three hits, no walks and one strikeout. Oliver Garcia did well in relief, tossing two shutout frames. Bear Bellomy tried to preserve a one-run lead, but he allowed two runs on four hits in one inning.

The Grasshoppers had six base runners in the game. Matt Gorski had two walks and stole his sixth base. Jesus Valdez and Matt Fraizer each had a single. Will Matthiessen and Aaron Shackelford each had a walk. The only Greensboro run scored on an error that let Matthiessen score all the way from first base.


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Starting Pitcher: Adrian Florencio 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Jasiah Dixon 0-for-4, HBP

Sergio Campana 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Dariel Lopez 0-for-4, BB

Jase Bowen 0-for-2, BB

Sammy Siani 1-for-2, RBI, 2 BB

Game Recap: Bradenton had a 7-1 lead going into the seventh inning behind great pitching by starter Adrian Florencio. They ended up losing by 13 runs, as Lakeland exploded for 19 runs in the final three innings. Florencio now has an 0.82 ERA in three starts. The Marauders ended up using six pitchers over the final three innings, including infielder Norkis Marcos and catcher Endy Rodriguez. Wandi Montout had the roughest time despite stranding three inherited runners in the eighth inning. He gave up seven runs in the ninth, including three runs that scored after he was removed. Marcos was unable to retire any of the six batters he faced. Rodriguez retired two of the three batters he faced, but he also allowed a two-run double.

Blake Sabol joined the Marauders on Sunday and he went 2-for-4 with a home run in his season debut. Endy Rodriguez hit his third home run. Sammy Siani reached base three times. He has a .189 average, but 13 walks gives him a .348 OBP. Sergio Campana had an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.