Prospect Watch: Early Afternoon Win for Indianapolis; Other Three Teams Create a Lot of Wind in Losses

An early game for Indianapolis today and three night games for the teams at the lower levels. Luis Peralta gets the start for Bradenton. He was featured here yesterday after starting the season with ten strikeouts in five shutout innings.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Indianapolis Indians

Game Time:  1:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido (0-1, 4.91)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 0-for-4, BB

Ji-hwan Bae 0-for-5

Anthony Alford 1-for-4, RBI

Mason Martin 1-for-2, 2B, BB, SB, HBP

Rodolfo Castro 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI, SB

Cal Mitchell 3-for-4, SB

Jared Oliva 0-for-2, BB, HBP, SB

Game Recap:

Indianapolis won 5-3 on Wednesday afternoon. Osvaldo Bido started and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in four innings. Eric Hanhold and Trey McGough (season debut) each tossed a scoreless frame, followed by two shutout innings from Cam Alldred. Hunter Stratton allowed a solo homer, but got the save. Canaan Smith-Njigba led the offense with two RBIs and two runs scored. He had a single, walk and stolen base. Cal Mitchell is up to a .372 average after collecting three hits. Anthony Alford smacked a solo homer. Mason Martin reached base three times in a hit-by-pitch, walk and his sixth double. Rodolfo Castro added his second double. Indians went 4-for-4 in steals. Oneil Cruz had an all-around rough game, with numerous poor throws, including one that led to the unearned run for Bido. He also went 0-for-4 to drop down to a .175 average.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Altoona Curve

Game Time: 6:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Travis MacGregor (0-0, 12.00)

  • Final Line:  3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Connor Scott 1-for-5

Nick Gonzales 1-for-4, BB

Jack Suwinski 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Liover Peguero 2-for-5, 2 2B, SB

Matt Fraizer 0-for-5

Jared Triolo 2-for-5, SB

Tucupita Marcano 1-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Carter Bins 1-for-4

Omar Cruz 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO

Game Recap:

Strikeouts were a theme on Wednesday night for Pirates minor league hitters (see Greensboro and Bradenton as well). Altoona had 14 strikeouts in their 4-3 loss, with every batter contributing. Jack Suwinski hit his second homer, a solo shot. Will Matthiessen contributed the other two runs with a two-run homer, his first. Liover Peguero hit two doubles and stole a base. Jared Triolo had two hits and a stolen base. Tucupita Marcano reached three times on a single and two walks, plus he added a stolen base. Travis MacGregor got the started and lasted just three innings, giving up two runs. He walked three batters and had six strikeouts. Omar Cruz followed with three shutout innings on three hits, no walks and three strikeouts. Luis Oviedo allowed a run in his one inning. Austin Roberts tossed two no-hit/scoreless innings, while striking out five batters. Colin Selby kept his 0.00 ERA, but lost the game when the runners on second in extra innings scored a run. This game had 30 strikeouts total between the two teams.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Florencio (0-1, 5.79)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 0-for-3, BB

Endy Rodriguez 0-for-4

Matt Gorski 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Henry Davis 1-for-3, RBI, HBP

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-4

Hudson Head 0-for-4

Jack Herman 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Maikol Escotto 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Dariel Lopez 0-for-4

Ricky DeVito  3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Game Recap:

Defense and strikeouts cost Greensboro their game on Wednesday, as they dropped a 5-4 decision to Aberdeen. Maikol Escotto hit a two-run homer, but he also had three strikeouts and two errors. He had one error coming into the game. The strikeouts are nothing new for him, he has 17 strikeouts and no walks in 41 plate appearances this year. However, he was far from alone in this game. In fact, Jack Herman, who had a homer and single, was the only player not to contribute to 19 strikeouts in the game for Greensboro hitters. Adrian Florencio got the start and allowed four runs over five innings, though only two of the runs were earned. Ricky DeVito followed him with three strong innings, giving up one run on one hit and one walk, with the run being unearned. Henry Davis had an RBI single and he also reached on a hit-by-pitch. He has an .894 OPS this season.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Bradenton Marauders

Game Time: 7:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Peralta (0-0, 0.00)

  • Final Line:  2.1 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-4

Jase Bowen 1-for-2, HR, RBI, BB

Alexander Mojica 0-for-4

Sergio Campana 0-for-3, BB

Juan Jerez 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Game Recap:

Luis Peralta had two strong outings to open his season, picking up ten strikeouts in five shutout innings. Things took a turn to bad in a hurry on Wednesday, as he allowed seven earned runs on five hits and four walks in 2.1 innings. He has 14 strikeouts now in 7.1 innings, but it now comes with an 8.59 ERA. Denny Roman followed with one run over 2.2 innings. Dante Mendoza pitched two innings with any hits/runs, finishing with one walk and six strikeouts. Yunior Thibo tossed a scoreless eighth. The Bradenton offense started with a lead-off homer from Randy Romero to start the game. They were already down 7-1 when Jase Bowen homered for the second run. In the ninth, Juan Jerez added an RBI triple for an 8-3 loss.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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