Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Hits Three Homers in Win; Mlodzinski with Another Strong Outing

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Starting Pitcher: James Marvel  5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Anthony Alford 2-for-4, HR, RBI, BB, SB

Cole Tucker 0-for-2, 3 BB, SB

Will Craig 1-for-4, RBI

Kevin Kramer 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, BB

Game Recap:  James Marvel cruised through four innings today before running into trouble in the fifth when Nashville put up a three spot, ending his day. He now has a 3.86 ERA in 35 innings this year. He did enough on this night to pick up the win, as Indianapolis took a 7-4 victory. Matt Eckelman allowed a run in the sixth, then Tyler Bashlor, Austin Davis and Jandel Gustave kept Nashville off the board for the final three innings. Davis had a strong outing, getting the final two outs of the seventh, while stranding three inherited runners.

Indianapolis flexed some muscle in this game. Anthony Alford hit his fifth homer. Troy Stokes Jr hit his second, and Hunter Owen hit his third. Alford also had a single, walk and his fifth stolen base. Cole Tucker walked three times and stole his second base. Kevin Kramer had his third double, a walk and a sacrifice fly.

Wilmer Difo was sent outright to Indianapolis, but he didn’t get into this game.


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Starting Pitcher: Jeffrey Passantino  6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 1-for-4

Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-for-4, RBI

Rodolfo Castro 0-for-3, RBI

Mason Martin 0-for-3

Cal Mitchell 0-for-3, RBI

Game Recap: Jeffrey Passatino had a strong start for Altoona on Sunday against Akron, going six shutout innings on four hits and a walk, with six strikeouts. It’s the first time that he has gone longer than five innings this season. He now has a 2.15 ERA in 29.1 innings, with 33 strikeouts. Oddy Nunez tossed a scoreless seventh. Shea Murray took over in the eighth and kept the shutout going, handing it off to Hunter Stratton in the ninth for the save, in a 3-0 victory.

The Curve scored in the first on an Oneil Cruz single, a throwing error by the pitcher, and a sacrifice fly by Rodolfo Castro. They added two more in the eighth on a walk to Jonah Davis, an RBI double by Arden Pabst and a single by Canaan Smith-Njigba, which scored Pabst. The Curve had just four hits and three walks in the game. Davis had two of the walks and Brendt Citta had a single and a walk. Altoona has a 21-13 record.


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Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski  5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Gorski 0-for-5

Liover Peguero 1-for-4, BB

Matt Fraizer 1-for-5

Jared Triolo 1-for-5, RBI

Game Recap: Carmen Mlodzinski has been dominant this year, to the point that today’s game, which included one run allowed over five innings, was one of his “worst” starts of the season. His ERA after today is 0.84 in 21.1 innings and he has 31 strikeouts. Steven Jennings allowed a run and three hits in his only inning of work. Bear Bellomy came on and pitched strong, with four scoreless innings on one hit and no walks. He faced the minimum amount of batters to pick up his fifth win. Austin Roberts got the save with a scoreless 11th inning, as Greensboro won 5-2. They now have a 20-16 record after six weeks of action.

Down 2-0 going into the ninth, Liover Peguero, Matt Fraizer and Fabricio Macias hit back-to-back-to-back singles to make it 2-1. Jared Triolo hit into a double play, but Chase Murray tied it up with an RBI single to send it to extras. In the 11th, a double by Macias drove in two runs. He would come around to score on a single by Triolo. Fraizer extended his hit streak to 12 games. He has a .458 average and a 1.327 OPS in June. Macias had two doubles in the game to give him five on the season. He has driven in 25 runs.


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Starting Pitcher: Adrian Florencio 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 2-for-3, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 BB

Jase Bowen 1-for-3, RBI, BB, HBP

Sammy Siani 0-for-4, RBI, BB

Alexander Mojica 0-for-3, 2 BB

Dariel Lopez 0-for-3, BB

Eli Wilson 1-for-3, BB

Game Recap: Adrian Florencio had his first rough start of the season, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk in six innings. Prior to this outing, he had allowed two earned runs in 21 innings. Florencio now has a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings, with 31 strikeouts. Oliver Mateo followed with one run over two innings. Denny Roman tossed a scoreless seventh. Sergio Umana allowed three in the eighth to take the loss, then Enmanuel Mejia struck out two in a scoreless ninth. Bradenton lost 6-4 to Daytona to close their sixth week out with a 23-13 record.

Bradenton had plenty of chances to score in this game with seven hits, ten walks and a hit batter, plus two Daytona errors. Hudson Head led off the game with a solo homer, his fourth of the season. He also hit his fourth double and drew two walks. Norkis Marcos doubled in Eli Wilson with the second run. With the bases loaded in the fifth, Jase Bowen made it 3-0 with a single. Sammy Siani then walked to make it 4-0, before Alexander Mojica grounded out, which resulted in two runs (no RBIs) when Daytona committed two throwing errors on the play.