Prospect Watch: Bradenton’s Bats Highlight a Night with Some Rough Starting Pitching Performances

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Starting Pitcher:  Miguel Yajure  5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Ke’Bryan Hayes 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Kevin Kramer 1-for-4, BB

Anthony Alford 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Game Recap: Indianapolis lost 10-7 to Omaha. Miguel Yajure got off to a nice start in tonight’s game with three scoreless innings, but he got hit around in the fourth and fifth innings and ended up with a rough start, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks in five innings. He had a 1.50 ERA coming into the day. Three relievers didn’t have success either, as Jandel Gustave and Blake Weiman each allowed two runs in one inning of work and Geoff Hartlieb gave up a run in his inning.

The Indians took an early 4-0 lead in this game. Kevin Kramer drove in the first run in the first inning, then a bases loaded walk to Anthony Alford made it 2-0. Bligh Madris made it 4-0 in the second with a two-run single. Alford homered in the fifth to make it a 5-5 game. Madris and Alford each drove in runs in the seventh, tying to score 7-7 at the time. Ke’Bryan Hayes went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring three runs. Chris Sharpe had a walk, single and two runs scored.

The Travis Swaggerty update today wasn’t much other than to say he won’t be back soon. He might need surgery on his injured shoulder, they don’t know yet.


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Starting Pitcher: Travis MacGregor  3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 1-for-4

Oneil Cruz 1-for-4, SB

Rodolfo Castro 0-for-4

Mason Martin 2-for-4, 2B

Cal Mitchell 1-for-4

Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-for-3

Yerry De Los Santos 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO

Game Recap: Altoona won 3-2 over Erie to move to 12-7 on the season. Travis MacGregor got the start tonight and was limited to three innings due to a rain delay in the middle of the third. Before he left, he allowed just two walks and no hits, while picking up four strikeouts. MacGregor has a 2.63 ERA in 13.2 innings, with 23 strikeouts. Brad Case took the next three innings and allowed two runs on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. Hunter Stratton lowered his ERA to 0.90 with two scoreless frames. He now has 21 strikeouts in ten innings. Yerry De Los Santos tossed a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Altoona scored their first run on an RBI single by Ji-Hwan Bae in the third inning.  In the sixth, Mason Martin tied the score with an RBI double, his fifth double of the season. He scored on an RBI single from Brendt Citta, who had a 4-for-4 night. Citta now has a .389 average. Oneil Cruz picked up his third stolen base, though he also committed his eighth error.


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Starting Pitcher: Tahnaj Thomas 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 0-for-4, HBP

Matt Gorski 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Lolo Sanchez 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Game Recap: Greensboro lost 12-7 to drop to 10-10 on the season. Tahnaj Thomas pitched well in each of his first three starts this year but he didn’t have it on Wednesday night. He lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, a hit batter and four walks, with no strikeouts. All three of the runs scored on solo homers. He threw 63 pitches, with just 31 going for strikes. Alex Manasa got hit even harder in relief of Thomas. He allowed eight runs in 2.1 innings of work, also serving up three homers. Garrett Leonard and Cristofer Melendez calmed things down over the rest of the game, combining to allowing one run in five frames.

The offense was provided in part by three homers. Aaron Shackelford hit his fifth homer. Lolo Sanchez hit his second homer. Matt Gorski hit his fourth homer. Gorski, Sanchez and Fabricio Macias each had two hits. Gorski also added his fifth double. Will Matthiessen had three walks, a run scored and an RBI. Francisco Acuna, who is seeing regular playing time with Liover Peguero and Nick Gonzales out, drove in two runs. Matt Fraizer had a single, walk and two runs scored.


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Starting Pitcher: Jose Soriano 0.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Santiago Florez 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO

Jasiah Dixon 1-for-4, 2 BB

Sergio Campana, 0-for-2, 4 BB, 4 Runs, RBI

Maikol Escotto 2-for-3, HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB

Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Dariel Lopez, 1-for-4, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB

Jase Bowen 1-for-5, RBI

Hudson Head  2-for-4, 2B, 2 BB

Game Recap: Jose Soriano threw three shutout innings in his first rehab start last week off of Tommy John surgery. Tonight’s game went much different. He was knocked out in the first after seven runs (six earned) on five hits and three walks. He threw 36 pitches, 19 for strikes, and he retired just two batters. Bradenton came back from being down seven runs and ended up winning by seven runs, picking up an 18-11 decision over Palm Beach. Cameron Junker didn’t have much success after Soriano, allowing three runs in 2.2 innings, though all three runs were scored after Oliver Mateo took over with the bases loaded and walked three batters in the fourth inning. Santiago Florez came in for relief work, though this was basically his start. He pitched outstanding, allowing just one runner to reach on a hit-by-pitch in five innings of work. He picked up seven strikeouts. He has a 2.04 ERA in 17.2 innings with 27 strikeouts.

Dariel Lopez and Maikol Escotto each drove in five runs for the Mauraders. Escotto hit a grand slam, his first homer. Lopez hit a three-run shot, his second homer. Escotto reached base safely five times and he now has a .346 average. Sergio Campana had the strange line of going 0-for-2 with four runs and an RBI. He had four walks and stole his seventh base. Jasiah Dixon scored three runs on two walks and a single. Hudson Head had a single, double, two walks and three runs scored. Norkis Marcos had three hits and Eli Wilson had two hits and a walk. The Marauders had a total of 14 walks in the game, to go along with 14 hits.