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Starting Pitcher: Dillon Peters 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Tucupita Marcano 2-for-4, 3B, BB
Erik Gonzalez 2-for-3, 2B, RBI
Colin Moran 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI
Cole Tucker 2-for-5, 2B
Anthony Alford 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
Fabricio Macias 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI
Game Recap: Dillon Peters made his first start since joining the Pirates and held the opposition to one run, but he ran up his pitch count in the process and left after just three innings with 60 pitches. He walked three batters and struck out five, which contributed to the high pitch count. He was replaced in the fourth inning by Matt Eckelman, who gave up two runs over 2.2 innings.
John O’Reilly was promoted to Indianapolis from Altoona. He had a 5.09 ERA, a 1.56 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 35.1 innings, but he had a couple blowups over 22 appearances that really skewed his stats. He ended up going a career high 3.1 innings today and picked up the save in the 12-5 win. That leaves the Indians with a 37-39 record through 13 weeks.
Indianapolis had the offense going with 18 hits, 11 of them going for extra-bases. They had seven straight hits in the first inning, with Colin Moran and Anthony Alford each hitting three-run homers. Fabricio Macias hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and Christian Bethancourt added his eighth homer in the ninth inning. He also collected two doubles, giving him 15 on the season. Tucupita Marcano had a single, triple and a walk, while scoring three runs. Alford also added a single and a double, driving in four runs. Erik Gonzalez went 2-for-3 in his second rehab game. Cole Tucker, Bligh Madris and Hunter Owen each had two hits.
Starting Pitcher: Trey McGough 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
Ji-Hwan Bae 0-for-3, BB, HBP
Jack Suwinski 1-for-3, 2 BB
Diego Castillo 0-for-4, BB
Mason Martin 0-for-4, BB
Cal Mitchell 2-for-5, RBI
Carter Bins 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB
Game Recap: Starter Trey McGough went five innings on Sunday, allowing three runs on seven hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Since joining Altoona on June 1st, he has a 3.88 ERA in 53.1 innings, with 43 strikeouts. Steven Jennings took over in the sixth and allowed two runs in his only inning of work. Shea Murray was out next in the seventh and he allowed one run over two innings. With the score tied, Cristofer Melendez was handed the ball in the ninth and he gave up two runs, with one being earned. Altoona came back with one in the bottom of the ninth, but they lost 8-7, dropping them to a 41-34 record.
With all of the big prospect names in the Altoona lineup, the big night tonight came from Brendt Citta, who hit his ninth double and his second homer. He also added a single and a walk, driving in two runs. Carter Bins also drove in a pair of runs. He added his first double with Altoona. Jack Suwinski had a single, two walks and two runs scored. Cal Mitchell had two singles, a run scored and an RBI. Ji-Hwan Bae played center field in this game, his first start in the outfield during his career.
Starting Pitcher: Tahnaj Thomas 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
Matt Fraizer 0-for-4, BB
Liover Peguero 2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB
Nick Gonzales 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Lolo Sanchez 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 SB
Eli Wilson 0-for-4
Game Recap: Tahnaj Thomas was having a great start through four innings on Sunday, then gave up a three-spot in the fifth, which ended up being his last inning. He allowed those three runs on six hits, one walk and five strikeouts. He now has a 4.66 ERA in 38.2 innings, with 42 strikeouts. Bear Bellomy took over in the sixth and tossed a scoreless frame. Newly-acquired Michell Miliano made his second appearance with Greensboro and gave up one run on two hits and four walks in 1.1 innings. He managed to pull off that feat with help from Will Kobos, who recorded the final two outs of the eighth while stranding three inherited runners. He retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out four of the five batters he faced. Greensboro won 7-4 and ended week 13 with a 49-29 record.
Liover Peguero had quite the start to this game, hitting two-run homers in the first and second innings. He now has 11 homers on the season. Andres Alvarez had a nice game as well, going 3-for-3 with a walk. He hit his second homer of the season and scored two runs. Nick Gonzales had a single, double and an RBI. Lolo Sanchez walked twice and stole two bases, giving him 24 steals on the season. Eli Wilson played his first game since getting promoted to Greensboro and he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO
Hudson Head 1-for-4, HR, RBI
Jack Herman 0-for-3, BB
Dariel Lopez 0-for-3, HBP
Abrahan Gutierrez 2-for-4, 2B
Jase Bowen 1-for-3
Game Recap: Jared Jones had a very impressive outing on Sunday, allowing one run over six innings, with six hits, one walk and eight strikeouts. It’s the first time that he has pitched six innings. He now has a 3.73 ERA in 41 innings, with 63 strikeouts. Sergio Umana followed with one of the strangest pitching lines you will see, two earned runs over 1.2 innings on no hits and no walks. He hit two batters in the eighth and then reliever Wandi Montout allowed both runs to score. Montout record one out in the ninth, but left with a 4-3 lead and two men on. Oliver Mateo came on and got a double play ball the seal the victory. Bradenton finished week 13 of the season with a 46-31 record.
Abrahan Gutierrez played his first game with the Pirates since arriving via trade from the Philadelphia Phillies for Braeden Ogle. He had a single, double and two runs scored. Hudson Head hit his 11th homer, a solo shot in the fifth inning. Ernny Ordonez had an RBI double and an RBI ground out. Kyle Wilkie drove in the other run with a second inning single.
***The short-season teams are off on Sunday***