Prospect Watch: Bradenton and Greensboro Pile On

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INDIANAPOLIS

(7:00pm)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Beau Sulser 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Anthony Alford 1-3, 2B, 2 BB

Will Craig 2-4, BB

Jared Oliva 2-5

Joe Jacques 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K

Braeden Ogle 1.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (boxscore says 4 ER, but one was the free runner and one reached on an error)

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (23-19) struggled early as Beau Sulser gave up three runs in the first and four overall.  They trailed 5-0 going into the seventh, but rallied in the seventh and eighth to tie the game.  Hunter Owen hit a two-run home run, his fifth homer of the year, in the seventh.  In the eighth, the Indians scored their three after Anthony Alford doubled, Kevin Kramer tripled, Will Craig drove in Kramer and a passed ball later scored the tying run.  The game went to the tenth and, after an error and an intentional walk loaded the bases in the bottom half, Braeden Ogle gave up a game-ending grand slam, for a final of 10-6.  Joe Jacques threw two scoreless innings in relief, fanning four.  Kramer and Jared Oliva each had two hits.

ALTOONA

(6:30pm)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Roansy Contreras 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 2-4, BB, SB

Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-4, BB

Rodolfo Castro 2-5, 2 2B, SB

Mason Martin 0-3, BB

Brendt Citta 2-4

Cal Mitchell 1-4

Jesus Valdez 3-4

Game Recap:

Altoona (25-17) took a 3-0, first-inning lead with Roansy Contreras on the mound against hapless Harrisburg, but the Curve lost, 7-4.  Errors accounted for most of it, as five of the seven runs were unearned.  Contreras gave up three unearned runs in the third when an error by Oneil Cruz extended the inning.  He did, though, get hit more than you’d expect when he was facing one of the weakest-hitting teams anywhere in the minors.  The other run off Contreras came on a home run.  The Curve had taken the lead in the first when Rodolfo Castro doubled in Cruz, then flares by Brendt Citta and Cal Mitchell drove in two more.  The Curve had a chance to take over after Harrisburg went ahead, 4-3, when they loaded the bases with nobody out to Castro in the seventh.  Castro lined the ball up the middle, but that’s where the shortstop was playing, so it went for a double play that merely tied the game.  Harrisburg got three in the top of the ninth off John O’Reilly, two of them unearned.  Jesus Valdez was 3-for-4, leaving him 6-for-14 (.429) in AA, so maybe he’ll get to stay in the lineup.  Castro finished with two doubles, Cruz and Citta each with two singles.  Cam Alldred threw two scoreless innings in relief.

GREENSBORO

(6:30pm)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Quinn Priester 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 1-5

Matt Gorski 2-5

Liover Peguero 1-3, 2B

Aaron Shackelford 1-4, BB

Fabricio Macias 3-5, 2 2B (OPS now .881)

Jared Triolo 3-4, 2B, HR (4), SB (batting 319/405/478 in June)

Lolo Sanchez 1-4, SB

Game Recap:

Quinn Priester had a shaky start for Greensboro (24-19), but Fabricio Macias and Jared Triolo keyed two late, four-run innings and the Grasshoppers beat Greenville, 9-1.  Priester lasted only three and a third, as he walked four and threw only 35 of 63 pitches for strikes.  He managed to hold the damage to one run, though, and Steven Jennings got the last two outs of the fourth.  Greensboro had gotten a 1-0 lead in the first when Liover Peguero doubled and scored on a two-out single by Fabricio Macias, who’s been deadly in clutch situations lately.  The score stayed 1-1 until the seventh, when Macias came up with two on and two out.  He hit a book rule double to drive in one run, then Triolo singled in two more.  Triolo stole second and scored on a hit by Lolo Sanchez.  Greensboro got four more in the eighth, one on a sacrifice by Peguero, one on a single by Aaron Shackelford and two on Triolo’s fourth home run of the year.  Grant Ford got the win with three scoreless innings and Bear Bellomy finished the last two.  Macias had a single and two doubles, and Triolo had three hits, including the homer and a double, and four RBIs.  Grant Koch drew three walks.

BRADENTON

(11:00am)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Luis Ortiz, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 1-4, 2B, 2 BB, 3 runs

Sammy Siani 3-4, 2B, HR (5), 2 BB

Miakol Escotto 0-4, BB

Blake Sabol 2-4, HR (2), 2 BB

Eli Wilson 2-5, BB

Jase Bowen 2-3, HR (7), BB, HBP

Dariel Lopez 2-4, BB

Alexander Mojica 0-3, 2 BB

Sergio Campana 0-2, BB, HBP, SF, SB

Game Recap:

Bradenton (28-15) walloped Jupiter, 15-2.  The Marauders jumped on Eury Perez, who came in with DeGrom-like numbers, for five early runs, and scored in each of the first six innings.  Sammy Siani and Blake Sabol had big days.  Siani reached base five times on a single, double, his fifth home run and two walks.  He drove in four.  Sabol reached four times on two walks and two hits, including his second longball.  He drove in three.  Jase Bowen had two hits, including his seventh homer, and also drew a walk and got hit by a pitch for the 11th time on the year.  Eli Wilson and Dariel Lopez had two hits apiece.  Luis Ortiz went five innings, giving up one earned run.  The Marauders had a dozen hits and 13 walks in all, and also had two batters hit with pitches.  Ryan Troutman followed with three hitless innings and Oliver Mateo struck out the side in the ninth.

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