Prospect Watch: Cal Mitchell Goes Deep Twice, Altoona Pitchers Fan 19 in Ten-Inning Win

Bradenton was rained out at Jupiter.  The teams will try to play two starting at 3:30pm tomorrow.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Indianapolis Indians

Game Time: 7.04pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Roansy Contreras

  • Final Line: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Ji-Hwan Bae 1-4, BB
  • Oneil Cruz 0-5
  • Cal Mitchell 2-5, 2 HR (5), 4 RBI
  • Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-2, 3 BB
  • Yerry De Los Santos 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Game Recap:

Roansy Contreras didn’t have an especially good game and Indianapolis (16-16) blew a one-run lead in the ninth, but the Indians still got back to .500 with a 7-5, ten-inning win over Charlotte.  Contreras lasted four and a third and gave up only two hits, but he walked three and allowed three runs.  Cam Vieaux gave up no hits over an inning and two-thirds, but allowed an unearned run on an error by Oneil Cruz, who had two in the game.  Much of the offense came from Cal Mitchell, who hit a pair of home runs, giving him five on the season.  Indy had a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the ninth, but Yerry De Los Santos, in his second inning, gave up a solo home run.  Mitchell hit the first pitch of the tenth, though, for a towering, two-run bomb that proved to be the last of the scoring.  Indy had only six hits, with Mitchell and Mason Martin each getting two.  Canaan Smith-Njigba drew three walks and Jason Delay had an RBI double.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Altoona Curve

Game Time: 6:00pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Zach Matson

  • Final Line: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Matt Fraizer 0-3, BB
  • Jared Triolo 1-4
  • Blake Sabol 2-4, 2B
  • Liover Peguero 0-4
  • Travis MacGregor 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
  • Colin Selby 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Game Recap:

Altoona (14-17) was getting no-hit going into the seventh inning, but it was their own pitchers who stole the show in a ten-inning, 2-1 win over Somerset.  For whatever reason, the Pirates seem to be going with an opener frequently in the minors, then bringing in an ostensible starter.  In this game, Zach Matson started off with two scoreless innings, then Travis MacGregor threw four.  He gave up just two hits and a walk, and fanned eight for his best outing of the season.  Colin Selby followed that by fanning five in two innings, while allowing just a walk.  Meanwhile, Altoona didn’t get its first hit until Blake Sabol led off the bottom of the seventh with a double.  He came around for the game’s first run on a wild pitch and a ground out.  The score stayed 1-0 until the top of the ninth, when Enmanuel Mejia allowed a double and an RBI single after getting the first two batters.  In the tenth, Will Kobos struck out two while stranding the free runner, bringing the total Ks for the Altoona staff to 19.  In the bottom half, Andres Alvarez and Aaron Shackelford each singled to bring in the freebie and end it.  The Curve had only six hits, two of them by Sabol.  Lolo Sanchez drew three walks.  Henry Davis didn’t play, as he’s still getting stretched out or something.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game Time: 7.00pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Cam Junker

  • Final Line: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

  • Maikol 0-3, HBP
  • Endy Rodriguez 0-4

Game Recap:

Greensboro’s (13-17) offense went missing in a 3-0 loss to Hickory.  Another reliever, Cam Junker, started the game and threw two perfect innings.  Sean Sullivan, normally a starter, threw the next four innings and allowed three runs.  Ricky DeVito and Tyler Samaniego each put up a scoreless inning.  There’s nothing to say about the Hoppers’ offense; they had two hits, singles by Matt Gorski and Ernny Ordonez.  They never got a runner past first and two of their six runners were wiped out by double plays.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Bradenton Marauders

Game Time: Rained out.

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen (0-1, 4.43)

  • Final Line: Stat lines will be added after the game.

Notable Performances:

  • Stats for the top performers will be posted after the game.

Game Recap:

See above.

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1979andCounting

An 0-5 from Cruz…..Operation Shutdown continues. Colin Selby (who?) got 5 of 6 outs by strikeout. WTH does he throw?

Mblee24

I’m losing a lot of hope in this teams future. Keller sucks, Reynolds does not look right, Cruz does not belong, Gonzales looks lost, and the pitching is atrocious. Also they can’t beat the reds. Someone talk me down. I’m losing all the faith I had in this team coming into the season. I’m just not seeing progress towards a contender.

Arky Wags

It’s always good to jump ship at (checks watch) the six week mark of a season. Eat a Snickers.

docdon385

Other than Keller, for which I have no answer, I’d suggest the other players you mention have to get better simply due to the “regression to the mean” principle. They’re better than they’ve been so far and will eventually show it.

Oh, and keep in mind Mitchell, Davis and Peguero have been tearing it up down on the farm.

Last edited 1 day ago by docdon385
mikeschalke

I’m sure your sentiments are shared by the dwindling fan base. Not a lot of positives at this point in time however it is only mid May.

skliesen

No Davis again. Why?

Let me guess, slightly injured after yet another HBP.

Scrappy2499

That was my thought as well.

agent00

it sure would be nice to see mitchell in pittsburgh soon

PirateRican21

Do you send Suwinski down? Gamel might currently be the best player and Reynolds is not going anywhere and he and Suwinski needs to play!

agent00

it is a good question. i’m not sure tbh. but the pirates clearly need offense and mitchell should help that….somewhere

emjayinTN

Suwinski might have been the quickest, cleanest option at the time of his promotion, because he was tearing it up at AA and was already on the 40, but he has been impressive at the MLB level since his promotion. Going into last night:

April was a break-in period going 3 for 20, with 0 EBH. In May though he is 7 for 24
with 2 doubles and 2 HR, bringing him to a +0.7 WAR, 107 OPS+ (BR). He has earned a longer look.

PirateRican21

Interesting, but how is he supposed to dive for ball playing 1b??????

Scrappy2499

We could promote Cruz, apparently he has a hard time throwing straight. Gamel could dive after them.

Bucs'N'Pucks

I picked a bad day to not be able to watch. My boy Cal going off

PirateRican21

He only had two hits, bum!

hoffmark83

Another “Blah!” night for the overrated farm system!

jon6er

This organizations attempts at handling pitchers reminds me of an equine riding instructor who can’t tell their pupil which way to face when they mount the horse.

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