Prospect Watch: Tahnaj Thomas and Jared Jones with the Sunday Starts

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Starting Pitcher:  James Marvel  4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Anthony Alford 0-for-4, HBP

Fabricio Macias  2-for-3, BB, SB

Game Recap:  James Marvel had a rough outing on Sunday, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter in 4.2 innings. He gave up multiple runs in the first, second and fifth innings. This is his second straight game with seven runs allowed after not giving up more than four earned runs in any other appearance this year. Matt Eckelman followed with 1.1 perfect innings, before giving way to Dillon Peters in the seventh inning for his debut in the Pirates system. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out two in a scoreless frame. Blake Weiman and Braeden Ogle each threw a shutout inning to finish off the game. None of the four relievers allowed a hit, but Indianapolis lost 7-3 to Toledo.

The Indians scored back-to-back runs in the second inning on sacrifice flies by Chris Sharpe and Joe Hudson. They scored their third run on an RBI single by Ethan Paul in the fourth inning. Fabricio Macias reached base on two singles and a walk. He scored a run and stole his second base since joining Indianapolis. TJ Rivera reached on two doubles and two walks.


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Starting Pitcher: Travis MacGregor 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 0-for-3, BB, SB

Mason Martin 1-for-4

Game Recap: Altoona lost 7-0 to Somerset, leaving the Curve with a 38-31 record. They had just five hits in the game and all of them were singles. They also drew four walks, but they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The only noteworthy items on offense were the 12th steal of the year by Ji-Hwan Bae and Chase Murray collecting two hits. Travis MacGregor left after allowing one run in two innings, which took him 48 pitches. Oddy Nunez needed 29 pitches to get through the third. Jeffrey Passantino gave up one run in four innings, then Nathan Kirby allowed four runs in the eighth.


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Starting Pitcher: Tahnaj Thomas 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 1-for-4, HR, RBI, BB, HBP

Nick Gonzales 0-for-2

Liover Peguero 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Jared Triolo 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Matt Gorski 0-for-5

Game Recap: Tahnaj Thomas got the start on Sunday and he went 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with no walks and three strikeouts. He was pulled with an apparent hand injury, though he wanted to remain in the game. He started flexing his hand after throwing a pitch, which brought out the trainer and manager, who removed him instead of letting him attempt to throw a practice pitch. Thomas has a 4.54 ERA in 33.2 innings, with 37 strikeouts. Garrett Leonard replaced him and finished out the fifth, then tossed a scoreless sixth. Will Kobos had two shutout frames for the win, while Austin Roberts finished out the game with nothing in the ninth.

Jared Triolo had the big game in the 8-2 win over Greenville. He had two singles and his eighth homer, as well as two walks, reaching base five times. He drove in a pair and scored three runs. Matt Fraizer had the loudest hit with his 18th homer. He reached base three times and scored three runs. The rest of the lineup scored two runs. Blake Sabol had two singles, a walk and an RBI. Will Matthiessen had a single and two walks. Liover Peguero hit his tenth double. Nick Gonzales left the game early, though there were no signs of why it happened. He played defense in the third and got pinch-hit for in the fourth.


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Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Maikol Escotto 1-for-3, BB

Hudson Head 1-for-4

Jack Herman 0-for-4

Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4, SB

Eli Wilson 1-for-4

Alexander Mojica 1-for-3, BB

Jase Bowen 0-for-2, BB

Daniel Rivero 0-for-3

Game Recap: Jared Jones had a rough first inning, then quickly settled down and finished with a nice performance. He gave up one earned run over five innings, on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts. He also hit two batters. The first inning saw him allow three runs on a hit, walk, two hit batters and two errors, which caused two of the runs to be unearned. In 35 innings this season, he has a 4.11 ERA and 55 strikeouts. Sergio Umana replaced him in the sixth and allowed six runs in 1.2 innings. Parker Brahms was no better to finish out the contest, allowing six runs in 1.1 innings. Bradenton lost 15-0 and finished week 12 of the minor league season with a 43-28 record. The Marauders had five hits, three walks and one hit batter, giving them nine base runners, though all of the hits were singles. They went 0-for-3 in at-bats with runners in scoring position. Alexander Mojica and Maikol Escotto each had a single and a walk. The Marauders committed a total of four errors.

**The four short-season clubs are off on Sundays