Prospect Watch: If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Contreras and Priester

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INDIANAPOLIS

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Starting Pitcher:  James Marvel 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

Bligh Madris 1-5, 3B

Anthony Alford 2-4, HR (4)

Wil Crowe 1 IP, 1 K

Braeden Ogle 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:  Indianapolis (16-14) beat Nashville, which came in tied for the league’s best record, XXX.  James Marvel survived some shaky control to allow just one run over five and two-thirds innings.  That run scored with Geoff Hartlieb on the mound.  The Indians got the early lead on a blast by Anthony Alford.  They made it 3-0 in the sixth when Alford singled in one run and scored on a hit by T.J. Rivera.  They added insurance runs on a two-run triple by Bligh Madris in the seventh and a force out in the eighth.  Alford, Joe Hudson and Rivera each had two hits.  Wil Crowe threw an inning in his first AAA appearance.  Braeden Ogle had something of a control meltdown in the ninth, throwing just three of his first 14 pitches for strikes, but he recovered to strike out the last two hitters.

ALTOONA

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Starting Pitcher:  Roansy Contreras 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 0-2

Oneil Cruz 0-3, BB

Rodolfo Castro 2-4, HR (5), SB

Mason Martin 0-4

Brendt Citta 1-3

Cal Mitchell 2-4

Canaan Smith-Njigba 2-4

Game Recap:  Altoona (19-11) beat Akron, 7-6, with a pair of late bombs.  Roansy Contreras mostly pitched well, allowing just one run through five innings, but he ran into trouble in the sixth with the Curve ahead, 3-1.  He left for Oddy Nunez with two on and one out.  By the time the inning was over, five runs were in.  Altoona picked up a run in the bottom of the sixth, then in the seventh Rodolfo Castro followed a walk to Oneil Cruz with his fifth home run of the year.  In his last four games, Castro is 9-for-17 with two doubles, three homers and nine RBIs.  His shot tied the game 6-6.  In the eighth, Jonah Davis untied it with his third home run of the year.  John O’Reilly threw two scoreless innings to earn the win.  Cristofer Melendez pitched the ninth for the save.  Canaan Smith-Njigba, who’d been in a 2-for-31 slide, went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs.  Davis also had a double in the game.  Ji-Hwan Bae left the game, apparently after getting shaken up, so it could be another potential concussion situation.

GREENSBORO

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Game Recap:  Greensboro’s game at Hickory was rained out.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 10.

BRADENTON

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Starting Pitcher:  Luis Ortiz 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Endy Rodriguez 1-2, 2B

Jase Bowen 0-1, HBP

Sammy Siani 0-1, BB

Sergio Campana 0-2

Dariel Lopez 0-2

Alexander Mojica 0-1, BB

Jasiah Dixon 0-1, BB

Game Recap:  Bradenton’s game with Daytona was suspended due to lightning after four innings with the score tied, 2-2.  The game will be resumed before tomorrow’s regularly scheduled game.  Luis Ortiz was still on as the game was suspended.  He gave up one earned and one unearned run.  Ortiz had to pitch out of a bases-loaded, no out situation in the fourth inning, which he did by striking out the next three hitters.  His last pitch registered 99 mph.  The Marauders’ runs came on an RBI triple by Yoyner Fajardo and a two-out double by Endy Rodriguez.

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