Nobody played terribly well today, although Altoona at least was lucky enough to be snowed out. The three starters lasted a combined seven innings, although to be fair one was a reliever on rehab and another one got hurt.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Game Time: 6:35pm
Starting Pitcher: Sam Howard
- Final Line: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
- Travis Swaggerty 1-4, BB, SB
- Yerry De Los Santos 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Indianapolis (6-6) managed only four hits in a 4-2 loss to Columbus. Sam Howard, in a rehab outing, got five outs while allowing one run. The Indians ran through the bullpen after that. Blake Weiman, Austin Brice and Matt Eckelman combined for four scoreless innings, but Chase De Jong gave up two runs in two innings. Yerry De Los Santos gave up a run in the ninth. What little offense Indy produced came courtesy of an error. Jason Delay had two of Indy’s four singles. The Indians had chances anyway, helped by five walks, but they went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The first four hitters in the order — Travis Swaggerty, Oneil Cruz, Rodolfo Castro and Mason Martin — fanned nine times while going 1-for-15. Anthony Alford moved his rehab to Indy, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a steal.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
Game Time: 6:00pm POSTPONED
Starting Pitcher: Travis MacGregor (0-0, 12.00)
- Final Line: Stat lines will be added after the game.
- Stats for the top performers will be posted after the game.
Altoona has been snowed out. Game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
Game Time: 6:30pm
Starting Pitcher: Sean Sullivan
- Final Line: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
- Sammy Siani 2-5
- Endy Rodriguez 2-5
- Henry Davis 2-3, HBP
- Matt Gorski 3-4, HR (3), SB
- Hudson Head 1-2, 2B, HBP, SF, SB
Greensboro (4-6) has been having bullpen problems and they surfaced again in an 8-6 loss to Aberdeen. The Grasshoppers got off to a good start, thanks to a Matt Gorski, three-run bomb in the first. It was his third home run this year and the first of three hits, bringing his OPS up to 1.005. Starter Sean Sullivan ran into trouble in the third and fourth. He left with two outs in the fourth, a 4-2 lead, and two runners on base, one of which scored. Logan Hofmann gave up a run in the sixth to tie the game, then a leadoff double by Hudson Head produced a run in the bottom half to put the Hoppers up, 5-4. After retiring the first batter in the top of the seventh, though, Wandi Montout let five straight runners reach. He left with Greensboro down, 6-5, and Cameron Junker came on to let two more of Montout’s runners score. The Hoppers could get only one more. Sammy Siani, Endy Rodriguez and Henry Davis each had two hits. Maikol Escotto fanned four times while going 0-for-5.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
Game Time: 7:05pm
Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez
- Final Line: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- Jake Sweeney 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Coming into the game, Bradenton (7-3) was easily the highest-scoring team in the Florida State League, but Daytona shut out the Marauders, 3-0, on four hits. Carlos Jimenez started but, in the second inning, three singles, an error and a passed ball cost him two unearned runs. The last of those singles was a comebacker off Jimenez’ foot and he left with the injury. Jake Sweeney threw three and a third innings in relief. The third run, also unearned, came off Carlos Lomeli. The Marauders fanned 13 times and walked just once. Jacob Gonzalez had a double and Alexander Mojica, Sergio Campana and Juan Jerez each had a single.
Having followed the Pirates fanatically since 1965, Wilbur Miller is one of the fast-dwindling number of fans who’ve actually seen good Pirate teams. He’s even seen Hall-of-Fame Pirates who didn’t get traded mid-career, if you can imagine such a thing. His first in-person game was a 5-4, 11-inning win at Forbes Field over Milwaukee (no, not that one). He’s been writing about the Pirates at various locations online for over 20 years. It has its frustrations, but it’s certainly more cathartic than writing legal stuff. Wilbur is retired and now lives in Bradenton with his wife and three temperamental cats.