Prospect Watch: Greensboro, Bradenton Each Get Only Four Hits But Win

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Starting Pitcher:  James Marvel 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Chris Sharpe 1-3, 2B, BB, SF

Troy Stokes, Jr. 1-4, BB

Anthony Alford 0-3, BB

Braeden Ogle, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Game Recap:  Indianapolis (9-7) came back from a 5-1 deficit, but lost to Omaha, 6-5, in walkoff fashion.  James Marvel had a rough start, giving up a pair of dingers and four earned runs.  He got knocked out in the fourth and Joe Jacques came on to strand two runners.  Jacques threw two scoreless inning, fanning four.  Shea Spitzbarth went another one and a third without allowing a run.  The Indians’ only run through the first six innings came on Bligh Madris’ first AAA home run.  In the seventh, they scored four to tie the game, two on a single by Kevin Kramer and the last one on an error.  Braeden Ogle threw a scoreless eighth, but gave up a one-out, RBI single in the ninth.  Chris Sharpe hit his league-leading eighth double.  Ke’Bryan Hayes didn’t play.



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Starting Pitcher:  Noe Toribio 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 2-5, HR (3)

Rodolfo Castro 0-5

Mason Martin 0-2, BB, HBP

Brendt Citta 1-3, HR (1), BB

Cal Mitchell 2-4, 2B

Game Recap:  Altoona (13-7) rode the longball to a 7-5 win over Erie.  Noe Toribio, who’s still only 21, had his best start of the season.  He held Erie scoreless for four innings before giving up two in the top of the fifth.  Those runs gave Erie a brief 2-1 lead, with Altoona’s first run coming on the first home run of the year by the very hot Brendt Citta.  Oneil Cruz put the Curve back in front in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run, opposite-field blast, his third home run of the season.  In the sixth, Cal Mitchell made it 6-2 with a two-run double.  Will Gardner followed Toribio and fanned five in an inning and two-thirds, but also gave up a three-run homer, making it 6-5.  Veteran organizational catcher Raul Hernandez gave the Curve an insurance run in the eighth with his first longball since 2018.  Cam Alldred closed it out with two and a third scoreless innings.  He fanned four, giving the Curve 15 on the game.  Jonah Davis went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and three walks.



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Starting Pitcher:  Braxton Ashcraft 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Matt Gorski 1-2, 2 BB

Lolo Sanchez 1-2, HR (3), BB

Game Recap:  Greensboro (11-10) didn’t get its first hit until there were two out in the sixth, but the Grasshoppers beat Wilmington, 2-1.  Matt Gorski had that first hit, an infield single that scored Jesus Valdez from third to tie the game, 1-1.  In the seventh, Lolo Sanchez put Greensboro ahead with his third home run of the season.  The ‘Hoppers had only two other hits, a double by Jared Triolo and a single by Valdez.  They did draw seven walks.  Braxton Ashcraft had another good start, although it was cut a bit short as his pitch count got up to 84.  Garrett Ford got the win with three and two-thirds scoreless innings, fanning five.  Oliver Garcia pitched the ninth for the save, stranding the tying run on third.



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Starting Pitcher:  Eddy Yean 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Game Recap:  Bradenton (12-9) came back from a 5-1 deficit with the help of a slew of walks, beating Palm Beach, 6-5.  The Marauders had only four hits, but drew ten walks and also had two hit batsmen (Jase Bowen both times).  The only hit they had in the first six innings was Endy Rodriguez’ fourth home run of the season.  Eddy Yean, who’s had ups and downs so far, was in an up phase, giving up just a run in four innings.  Logan Hofmann, who hadn’t allowed an earned run all year, gave up a run in his second inning of relief and three — two earned — in his third.

The Marauders started going to the bench in the bottom of the seventh.  Blake Sabol, batting for a struggling Jasiah Dixon, singled in a run.  Bradenton got four runs in the eighth on just one hit, a two-run single by Sabol.  Everything happened with two out.  Four walks, one to another pinch-hitter, Hudson Head, brought in a run.  Sabol singled for two more, and Maikol Escotto and Dariel Lopez both walked to force in the go-ahead run.  Wandi Montout went an inning and a third to get the win.  Enmanuel Mejia gave up a double and a walk with two out in the ninth, but finished it out for the save.