Prospect Watch: Longballs Spur Comeback, But Greensboro Falls Short in the Tenth

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INDIANAPOLIS

(7:00pm)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Kyle Keller 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Anthony Alford 1-4, SB

Will Craig 1-3, BB

Jared Oliva 0-1

Cole Tucker 0-1

Nick Mears 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (24-20) scored five in the first and coasted to a 6-2 win over Louisville.  Kevin Kramer and Wilmer Difo each drove in a run in the big inning before Bligh Madris and T.J. Rivera went back-to-back.  Madris’ homer, his second in AAA this year, was a two-run blast.  Rivera’s was his third.  The last run came on consecutive doubles by Chris Sharpe and Kramer.  Indy went with a bullpen game.  Kyle Keller started and went two innings, then Matt Eckelman came on for three.  Each allowed a run.  Nick Mears threw two scoreless innings, then Braeden Ogle and Christian Bethancourt (?!) each threw one.  Anthony Alford was removed to the game after a collision at first.  Taylor Davis made his Pirates’ organization debut, catching the game and going 0-for-4.

ALTOONA

(6:30pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Trey McGough (0-2, 5.65, 14.1 IP, 15 K)

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 0-4, BB

Rodolfo Castro 1-3, 2B, BB

Mason Martin 2-4, 2B

Brendt Citta 2-4

Cal Mitchell 1-4, HR (5)

Hunter Stratton 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

Altoona (26-18) fell behind 2-0 early but came back to beat Harrisburg, 4-2.  Trey McGough allowed single runs in the second and third, then stayed in to throw six innings.  Brad Case and Hunter Stratton combined for three shutout innings, although they allowed six baserunners in the process.  The Curve got on the board in the third when Rodolfo Castro and Mason Martin each doubled with two out.  They tied the game in the fifth when Daniel Amaral walked, and Martin and Brendt Citta each singled.  The winning margin came in the eighth on Cal Mitchell’s fifth home run of the year following a hit by Citta.  The Curve survived 13 strikeouts.  Martin, Citta and Jonah Davis each had two hits.

GREENSBORO

(6:30pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Tahnaj Thomas 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 1-5, 2B, BB

Matt Gorski 1-5, HR (6)

Liover Peguero 1-4, BB, SB

Lolo Sanchez 0-3, BB

Fabricio Macias 2-4, 2B, HR (5), BB

Game Recap:

Greensboro bashed four home runs to overcome a 7-1 deficit, but lost to Greenville, 8-7, in ten innings.  Starter Tahnaj Thomas was seriously wild, throwing only 32 of 76 pitches for strikes.  He left with two outs in the third and was charged with three runs while walking seven.  Colin Selby, still struggling in his return from Tommy John surgery, allowed the other four runs.  Alex Manasa followed with four and two-thirds scoreless innings, not allowing a hit or a walk.  After falling behind 5-0, the Grasshoppers got on the board with Fabricio Macias’ fifth home run of the year in the fourth.  Macias doubled in a second run in the sixth.  Greensboro tied the game with five runs in the seventh.  The rally started with back-to-back shots from an unlikely pair:  Grant Koch, his third, and Francisco Acuna, his second.  After a walk to Matt Fraizer, Matt Gorski belted his sixth.  A single by Liover Peguero and two more walks set up a game-tying sacrifice fly by Jared Triolo.  A grounder and a fly ball got Greenville’s free runner home off Bear Bellomy in the top of the tenth.  The Grasshoppers then buffooned the game away in the bottom half.  Triolo led off with an infield hit, sending the free runner, Macias, to third.  Chase Murray beat out a bunt, but Macias held third.  Macias then managed to get himself picked off third.  Koch walked to load the bases back up, but Acuna and Fraizer both whiffed.

BRADENTON

(6:05pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Nick Garcia (3-1, 3.18, 22.2 IP, 28 K)

Notable Performances:

Game Recap:  Bradenton’s game with Jupiter was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

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