Indianapolis has a doubleheader, starting this morning at 11:05 AM. Roansy Contreras was supposed to pitch yesterday and Nathan Kirby was the scheduled starter for today, so I have them listed as the two pitchers for today. Carlos Jimenez, who has a 2.51 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 14.1 innings, gets the start for Bradenton. The other two teams were all TBD for the starting pitchers when I set up this article, so I will fill them in today as they show up. They are all night games.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Game Time: 11:05 PM DH
Starting Pitcher: Roansy Contreras (0-0, 2.45) and Nathan Kirby (0-1, 1.69)
- Final Line: Contreras: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
- Kirby 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
Oneil Cruz 1-for-1, 3 BB
Kevin Newman 1-for-3, HBP
Ji-hwan Bae 0-for-3, RBI, BB
Mason Martin 1-for-4, 3B
Cal Mitchell 1-for-3, RBI
Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-for-2, BB
Hoy Park 0-for-2, BB
Cole Tucker 0-for-2, BB
Oneil Cruz 1-for-3, 2B, BB
Cole Tucker 0-for-3, BB
Cal Mitchell 1-for-4
Jared Oliva 1-for-2, BB, 2 SB
Travis Swaggerty 1-for-2, BB
Ji-hwan Bae 1-for-1, 3B, 3 RBI
Roansy Contreras got through five innings for the first time this season on Thursday morning and had a decent performance against Toledo. He was shaky with his command at times, which led to high pitch counts in the first three innings, then he looked great in the fourth and fifth innings, which allowed him to come out for the sixth. He gave up an inside-the-park home run on a high fly ball that hit the top of the fence in straight away center and bounced straight up in the air, allowing the runner to circle the bases. Contreras retired the next two batters, then left with 83 pitches, 53 for strikes. He gave up some hard contact in this game and was missing his spots a lot with his fastball, but the fourth and fifth innings showed some impressive work after throwing so many pitches in the first three frames. Eric Hanhold finished out the sixth, then gave up an unearned run in the seventh. Indianapolis got both of their runs on ground outs, one by Cal Mitchell and one by Ji-hwan Bae. They had a lot of opportunities in their seven innings, getting five hits, seven walks and a hit-by-pitch. Mason Martin hit his fifth triple. Oneil Cruz got three of those walks, and he had a single. Everyone reached base at least once.
GAME TWO RECAP
Nathan Kirby got the start in game two and it was a rough outing before he was pulled. He was on a limited pitch count to start, so he wasn’t expected to go long. However, he recorded just one out before being removed. He gave up two hits, a walk and two runs, throwing 24 pitches. He was replaced by Jerad Eickhoff, who had a strong performance, needing 31 pitches to get through 2.2 scoreless innings on one hit and five strikeouts. John O’Reilly tossed a scoreless inning in his first appearance since April 24th. Austin Brice allowed two runs in the fifth, before Cristofer Melendez dominated for the final two frames, striking out five batters to secure the 8-4 win. Ji-hwan Bae had the big hit late in this game as a pinch-hitter, coming up with the bases loaded and a tie score, then clearing them with a triple. Mason Martin’s sixth homer provided the early offense. He drove in three runs. Oneil Cruz hit his fifth double and Jared Oliva stole two bases, giving him four on the season.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
Game Time: 6:00 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski (0-2, 4.63)
- Final Line: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO
Nick Gonzales 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Liover Peguero 1-for-4, 2B
Lolo Sanchez 0-for-3, BB
Jared Triolo 1-for-4
Connor Scott 1-for-4, RBI
Carmen Mlodzinski missed a start last week while on the injured list. He had a bit of control trouble and there was a costly error, which limited him to 2.1 innings, despite one earned run. he threw 52 pitches with 26 going for strikes. He has a 4.56 ERA in 25.2 innings, with 27 strikeouts. Noe Toribio followed with a dominating outing, going 3.2 scoreless on 36 pitches, with one hit, no walks and four strikeouts. Austin Roberts allowed a run in the seventh. Zach Matson tossed a scoreless eighth, but Colin Selby allowed a run in the ninth, his second earned run of the season, which led to a 5-4 loss. Altoona scored first on a Brendt Citta homer. They added two more runs in the third on the fourth home run of the season for Nick Gonzales. Connor Scott bunted in a run in the fourth. Andres Alvarez had a single and three walks. He has a 1.061 OPS in limited time. Liover Peguero hit his 12th double. Altoona struck out 13 times in the game.
Minor Moves article from today notes three transactions, including Carmen Mlodzinski returning after a 7-day IL trip.
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
Game Time: 6:30 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Sean Sullivan (0-1, 3.63)
- Final Line: 3.2 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
Yoyner Fajardo 3-for-4
Hudson Head 0-for-3, BB, SB
Matt Gorski 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Endy Rodriguez 0-for-3
Jack Herman 0-for-4
Sammy Siani 1-for-4, 2B
Greensboro lost 12-3 on Thursday, as Sean Sullivan got roughed up, allowing seven runs on ten hits in 3.2 innings. He now has a 5.54 ERA, almost two full runs higher than when he started the day. Logan Hofmann tossed 2.1 scoreless. Michell Miliano allowed one run in two innings. The game got lopsided in the eighth when Jack Carey allowed four runs while recording two outs. Yoyner Fajardo went 3-for-4 to raise him to a .356 average. Matt Gorski homered twice, giving him back-to-back games with two homers. He has 14 homers on the year and a 1.077 OPS. Sammy Siani hit his first double. Hudson Head stole his third base.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
Game Time: 6:30 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez (0-2, 2.51)
- Final Line: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO
Tsung-Che Cheng 1-for-5, 3B
Sergio Campana 2-for-5, 3 SB
Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-5, RBI
Jase Bowen 1-for-3, BB, HBP
Alexander Mojica 1-for-4, BB
Carlos Jimenez went five innings for the first time this year and he did it without allowing a run. His previous high was 3.2 innings this season. Jimenez allowed two hits, three walks and he struck out four batters. He threw 75 pitches, with 44 going for strikes. He now has a 1.86 ERA in 19.1 innings, with 29 strikeouts. Denny Roman, Dante Mendoza, Cristian Charle and Jack Hartman each tossed a scoreless frame to finish off the 4-0 win. Bradenton scored a run in the first on a Rodolfo Nolasco ground out. They wouldn’t need anymore runs and they almost didn’t get them either. In the ninth inning, two errors led to three runs. The Marauders scored four runs without a single hit with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-11. Tsung-Che Cheng had the only extra-base hit, his second triple. Jase Bowen reached base three times. Sergio Campana came into the game with three steals and stole three bases tonight.