Prospect Watch: Aaron Shackelford Drives in Five

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INDIANAPOLIS

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Starting Pitcher:  Beau Sulser 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Cole Tucker 1-3, BB

Austin Davis 1+ IP, 0 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K

Game Recap:  Indianapolis (16-16) lost to Nashville, 6-3.  Beau Sulser had a strong start, giving up just one run in five innings.  The Indians took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on an RBI single by Will Craig and a two-run single by Anthony Alford.  The bullpen, though, gave up five runs in the seventh.  Austin Davis, trying to go two innings, walked the first three batters in the inning.  Tyler Bashlor followed and gave up a three-run double to light-hitting former Pirate farmhand Christian Kelley.  Bashlor then gave up two more run-scoring doubles.  Alford went 2-3 with a double before coming out in a double switch.  In his last six games, he’s 9-for-17 with a double and two home runs.  Craig also had a single and a double.  The rest of the Indy lineup had just two hits.

ALTOONA

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Starting Pitcher:  Noe Toribio (1-1, 4.03, 22.1 IP, 16 K)

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Game Recap:  Altoona’s game with Akron was rained out.  The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

GREENSBORO

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Starting Pitcher:  Michael Burrows 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 2-4, BB

Liover Peguero 2-4, 2B, BB

Aaron Shackelford 2-5, 2 2B, 5 RBI

Lolo Sanchez 1-4, HR (6), SB

Matt Gorski 0-4

Game Recap:  Greensboro and Hickory were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but one game was put off until tomorrow.  Greensboro (17-15) won the game they played, 8-2.  Michael Burrows went five innings for the first time this season.  He allowed just two hits and a run, and fanned seven.  The Grasshoppers trailed, 1-0, until the fifth, when Aaron Shackelford hit a bases-clearing double and Lolo Sanchez followed with a home run.  That was Sanchez’ sixth on the year, a career high barely a quarter of the way into the season.  Shackelford added a two-run double in the seventh, giving him five RBIs on the day, and then scored on a double by Fabricio Macias.  Liover Peguero had a single, a double and a walk, and Matt Fraizer had two singles and a walk.  Steven Jennings followed Burrows and gave up singles to the first two batters he faced, costing him a run that arguably should have been scored unearned.  Jennings then retired the next six batters.  Austin Roberts finished with two scoreless innings.

BRADENTON

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Starting Pitcher:  Eddy Yean 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Notable Performances:

Sergio Campana 1-4, BB

Endy Rodriguez 0-2, 3 BB

Sammy Siani 1-3, 3B, BB, SF

Hudson Head 0-4, BB, 4 K

Jase Bowen 0-2, BB, SF

Dariel Lopez 2-4, BB

Game Recap:  Bradenton (21-12) beat Daytona, 10-5, in a game that featured juuust a bit of wildness.  The Marauders had only seven hits, but Daytona pitchers contributed 12 walks, a hit batsman, five wild pitches and a balk.  Every Bradenton player had at least one walk except Norkis Marcos.  Ernny Ordonez had a single, a double, two walks and three RBIs.  Endy Rodriguez drew three walks.  Sammy Siani had a triple, a walk and three runs scored.  Dariel Lopez had two hits and a walk.  Jake Snider made his season debut, going 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs.  Hudson Head picked up his second golden sombrero in the last week.

The Marauders’ pitchers were nearly as generous as Daytona’s.  They walked seven, hit one, committed a balk and threw three wild pitches.  They also fanned 15.  Eddy Yean started and pitched pretty well.  He gave up a run in the first, while also striking out three.  In the fourth, he gave up a walk and an RBI double to start the inning, then struck out the next two.  At that point, Sergio Umana came on and gave up an RBI hit, so Yean was charged with three runs over three and two-thirds innings.  He fanned seven.  Umana pitched well over two and a third.  He gave up four hits, but three were infield hits as his defense could have been better.  He fanned four.  Xavier Concepcion followed, but got only two outs and left with the bases loaded.  Enmanuel Mejia came on and wild pitched two runs in.  He eventually settled down and threw two and a third hitless innings for the win.  He fanned three, but also walked four and threw three wild pitches.

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