Prospect Watch: Greensboro Bats Go Homer Crazy; Nicolas and Jones with Starts Tonight

Indianapolis has a late morning start time, while top pitching prospects Kyle Nicolas and Jared Jones get the starts for Altoona and Greensboro respectively. Jones has 26 strikeouts in 16 innings.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Indianapolis Indians

Game Time: 11:05 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Trey McGough (1-0, 0.00)

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

Notable Performances:

Cody Bolton 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

(batting stats will change tomorrow with continuation)

Ji-hwan Bae 1-for-3, 2 BB

Oneil Cruz 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, SB

Rodolfo Castro 1-for-1, 3 BB

Mason Martin 0-for-4, BB, SB

Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-for-4, RBI, BB

Cal Mitchell 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Hoy Park 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Recap:

Trey McGough got the start today, coming into the game without an earned run allowed this season, though a Spring Training injury set him back a few weeks with his start to the year. He gave up a lead-off homer on Thursday morning, then settled down to allow two more hits over three innings with another run. Cody Bolton replaced him and went 1.2 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Cam Vieaux came out next and tossed a scoreless frame, followed by 1.1 shutout innings from Hunter Stratton. Yerry De Los Santos was given the two-inning save opportunity, but a bunt single, stolen base and a two-out single tied the game 5-5 in the top of the ninth. The game was suspended in the middle of the ninth inning due to rain and it will be completed tomorrow ahead of the regularly scheduled game.

Indianapolis scored their runs on a Taylor Davis single, a two-run Oneil Cruz triple, an error and a Canaan Smith-Njigba bases loaded walk. Cal Mitchell will be up with no outs and no one on when the game resumes.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Altoona Curve

Game Time: 6:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Nicolas (0-1, 4.91)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 0-for-4

Nick Gonzales 1-for-4

Lolo Sanchez 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Liover Peguero 1-for-4, SB

Matt Fraizer 0-for-3

Connor Scott 0-for-3

JC Flowers 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO

Game Recap:

Altoona wasted good pitching from Kyle Nicolas and J.C. Flowers, as errors and strikeouts did them in on Thursday night in a 2-1 loss. Nicolas went five innings, allowing one run on three hits, one walk and six strikeouts. He threw 53 of 76 pitches for strikes. He now has a 4.12 ERA in five starts, but eight of the nine runs he has allowed came in his third start. The others show one run over 17.2 innings. J.C. Flowers took the loss, but the only run he allowed in his three innings was unearned. Liover Peguero committed two errors. Lolo Sanchez was the offense and some defense on this night where his teammates struck out 14 times in 27 at-bats. He went 2-for-3 with the lone RBI, his fourth double, and he picked up an outfield assist. He also reached on a hit-by-pitch, while everyone else had two singles and no walks.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones (1-0, 5.63)

  • Final Line:  5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 1-for-5

Maikol Escotto 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Matt Gorski 1-for-2, RBI, BB, SB

Henry Davis 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-5

Jack Herman 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Hudson Head 1-for-2, HR, RBI, 2 BB

Dariel Lopez 3-for-4, HR, RBI

Game Recap:

Jared Jones had a solid night, but his line looked a lot better before the sixth inning. Through five innings, he had allowed one run on two hits, one walk and six strikeouts, while posting a nice pitch count. He allowed three of the four runners he faced in the sixth to reach base, though only one scored, as Michell Miliano was able to strand two inherited runners. Jones now has a 5.06 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. Miliano allowed four runs over 2.1 innings, but only one was earned. Ricky DeVito tossed 1.1 scoreless and struck out three batters, as Greensboro won 13-6.

The bats were on tonight, with six home runs. Here’s the list, with their home run total in parenthesis: Henry Davis (5), Maikol Escotto (5), Endy Rodriguez (4), Dariel Lopez (3), Hudson Head (2), Jack Herman (2). Greensboro didn’t have any other extra-base hits. Davis had three hits and drove in four runs. Head had two walks and scored three times. Escotto drove in three runs. Lopez had three hits and two runs. Matt Gorski had a walk, single, RBI, two runs and his ninth steal in nine attempts.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Bradenton Marauders

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez (0-2, 8.68)

  • Final Line:  1.2 IP,  2 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-4, RBI

Jase Bowen 0-for-3, BB

Alexander Mojica 0-for-4

Sergio Campana 0-for-3

Game Recap:

Valentin Linarez has had a rough season and it got worse on Thursday night, as he allowed six runs on two homers and four walks in 1.2 innings. The only silver lining to this game was that all of his outs were strikeouts. He now has a 12.27 ERA in 11 innings over three starts and two relief appearances. The night got progressively better for pitchers. Jake Sweeney allowed three runs in three innings. Johan Montero allowed one run in 2.1 innings. Sergio Umana tossed two perfect frames. The Marauders had just four hits, but three of them went for extra bases. Tsung-Che Cheng hit his sixth double, and also added a walk and a run scored. Mike Jarvis drove in two runs with his third triples. Jacob Gonzalez hit his ninth double. Rodolfo Nolasco had an RBI single and scored on the Jarvis triple.

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