Prospect Watch: Indy and Altoona Bring the Lumber

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INDIANAPOLIS

(7:05pm)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  James Marvel 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Jared Oliva 1-4, BB

Will Craig 2-4, 2B, HR (4), BB (now batting 311/368/607)

Braeden Ogle 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (22-18) broke out for 14 hits, including a grand slam by Hunter Owen, and went on to hammer Memphis, 11-5.  Indy took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on a solo shot by Will Craig, his fourth of the year, and a two-run blast by Christian Bethancourt, his third.  Memphis took the lead back in the fifth when James Marvel gave up a three-run home run.  The Indians broke the game open, though, with a six-run sixth inning.  The runs came on Owen’s slam, his fourth homer of the year, and a two-run double by Craig.  Joe Jacques got the win in relief of Marvel.  He gave up two hits in his one inning, but fanned three.  Braeden Ogle gave up a run in two innings while striking out four.  Jandel Gustave pitched the ninth.  Craig and Bethancourt each had three RBIs.  Bethancourt caught for just the third time with Indy.  Jason Delay had a pinch-hit double and suddenly has an .842 OPS.

ALTOONA

(7:05pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Osvaldo Bido 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 3-5, 2 2B (now batting 308/361/575)

Rodolfo Castro 4-5 (now batting 318/359/543)

Mason Martin 3-4, 2B, HR (8) (now batting 259/331/533)

Brendt Citta 1-5

Cal Mitchell 3-5, 2B, SB

Cristofer Melendez 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Hunter Stratton 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

The key prospects had good days as Altoona (25-15) edged Erie, 8-7.  The Curve fell behind early, 4-0, as Osvaldo Bido had his worst start of the year.  Most of his trouble came from Riley Greene, who reached him for a double, triple and homer.  Bido left with one out in the fourth, and Cam Vieaux followed with two and two-third hitless innings.  Altoona got on the board in the fourth with a two-run home run by Mason Martin, his eighth of the year, then scored three in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead.  Jesus Valdez started that rally with his first AA home run.  Cristofer Melendez threw a scoreless eighth, hitting triple digits and benefiting from a great diving stop by Oneil Cruz on a grounder in the hole.  The Curve added two more in the ninth on a double by Martin to go up, 8-5.  The last two runs were critical, as Hunter Stratton gave up two runs for the first time this year in the bottom half before holding on for the save.  Rodolfo Castro had four hits, and Cruz, Martin and Cal Mitchell each had three.  Canaan Smith-Njigba reached base three times.  Cruz had two doubles and Mitchell one.  Martin had four RBIs.  Cruz now has a ten-game hitting streak.

GREENSBORO

(6:00pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Carmen Mlodzinski 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 0-4

Liover Peguero 2-4, 2B, 3B

Aaron Shackelford 0-3, SF

Lolo Sanchez 0-4

Fabricio Macias 1-4, HR (4)

Matt Gorski 0-2, BB

Game Recap:

Carmen Mlodzinski had his first mediocre start as a pro as Greensboro (22-19) lost to Winston-Salem, 4-2.  He gave up a two-run home run in the first, then singles in the third and fourth, although one of those was unearned.  The Grasshoppers had only four hits.  Liover Peguero had two of them, a double and a triple.  The Greensboro runs came in the seventh, when Aaron Shackelford drove Peguero in with a sacrifice fly and Fabricio Macias belted his fourth home run of the year.  Alex Manasa threw four hitless innings in relief.

BRADENTON

(6:05pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Adrian Florencio 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 1-3, 2 BB

Maikol Escotto 0-4, BB

Blake Sabol 1-3, 2B, BB

Endy Rodriguez 3-5, 2 2B

Alexander Mojica 1-5

Dariel Lopez 0-5

Sergio Campana 1-4

Luis Ortiz 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Game Recap:

Bradenton (26-15) lost a seesaw game to Tampa, 7-6.  The Marauders got another strong start from Adrian Florencio.  The only flaw was a two-run home run to Austin Wells in the first.  Bradenton came back to take a 5-2 lead, but Oliver Mateo, who relieved Florencio, gave up a three-run homer to Anthony Volpe in the seventh.  Denny Roman gave up another run in the inning to put Tampa ahead, 6-5.  The Marauders tied the game in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk to Blake Sabol, but Volpe led off the bottom of the ninth with his second home run of the game, this one off Parker Brahms, to end it.  Endy Rodriguez had a single and two doubles.  Jake Snider and Sammy Siani each reached base three times.

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