Prospect Watch: Kranick Has Strong AAA Debut, Priester Struggles

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Starting Pitcher: Max Kranick 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Chris Sharpe 1-4

Phillip Evans 1-2

Troy Stokes, Jr. 0-1, BB

Colin Moran 0-2

Blake Weiman 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Game Recap:  Max Kranick had an excellent AAA debut, going five innings in Indianapolis’ (12-12) 5-3 win over Columbus.  Kranick allowed just four hits, including a solo home run by ex-Buc Ryan Lavarnway that accounted for the only run against him.  He walked nobody and fanned six.  Kyle Keller got the win with two scoreless innings in relief.  He struck out five as the Indy pitchers fanned 15.  Blake Weiman and Tyler Bashlor each gave up a run.  The Indians didn’t produce much with the bat, getting just four singles, but seven walks and a pair of errors provided much of the offense.  The two runs that put them ahead came on a hit batsman and a walk with the bases loaded.  Colin Moran and Phillip Evans started their rehabs, playing first and right, respectively.  They each played five innings.  Moran was was 0-for-2 and Evans 1-for-2.  Bligh Madris kept hitting, going 1-for-3 with a walk.



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Starting Pitcher:  Roansy Contreras 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 1-3, BB, SB

Oneil Cruz 1-4, SB

Rodolfo Castro 1-4, 2B, SB

Mason Martin 0-3, SF

Cal Mitchell 0-4

Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-4

Game Recap:  Roansy Contreras got back on track with six shutout innings as Altoona (15-9) beat Richmond, 4-1.  Contreras gave up a couple hits in the first but only two more after that.  He walked none and fanned eight.  Cam Alldred gave up the only run in his one inning and John O’Reilly threw two scoreless innings for the save.  The Curve had only six hits and fanned twelve times.  Arden Pabst had a good day, going 2-for-4 with his second home run of the year.  That accounted for two of the runs.  The others scored on a sacrifice fly by Mason Martin and a double by Rodolfo Castro.



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Starting Pitcher:  Quinn Priester 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Aaron Shackelford 0-4

Liover Peguero 0-4

Lolo Sanchez 0-4

Matt Gorski 1-4

Game Recap:  Quinn Priester had a rough start, giving up three longballs in Greensboro’s (12-13) 6-3 loss to Winston-Salem.  Priester went four innings, giving up eight hits and five runs.  Grant Ford threw three innings in relief, giving up a run on another homer, and striking out four.  The Grasshoppers had a difficult time at the plate, fanning 15 times and getting only four hits.  Grant Koch drove in two of the runs with his first home run of the season.  All of Greensboro’s runs were unearned.



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Starting Pitcher:  Luis Ortiz 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 0-4, BB

Maikol Escotto 1-4, 2B

Jase Bowen 1-5, 3B

Endy Rodriguez 1-4, BB

Dariel Lopez 1-4, 2B

Sergio Campana 1-3, BB

Sammy Siani, 1-3, 2B, BB

Alexander Mojica 0-2, BB, SF

Jared Jones 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Game Recap:  Bradenton (16-9) erased a 5-3 deficit with four ninth-inning runs and beat Dunedin, 7-5.  Enny Ordonez, for some reason pinch-hitting for Maikol Escotto, had the big hit, a two-run triple.  The Marauders fanned 16 times in the game, with every starter striking out at least twice except Sammy Siani and Dariel Lopez.  Starter Luis Ortiz got knocked out with one out in the third inning.  Cam Junker followed with two and two-thirds scoreless innings in relief.  Jared Jones gave up an unearned run in one inning, and struck out three.  Wandi Montout threw two hitless innings to earn the win.  Flamethrowing Oliver Mateo got the save; he threw only 14 of 29 pitches for strikes, but managed to walk only two.  Escotto, Lopez and Siani each had doubles, and Jase Bowen had a triple.