Two early games today, two night games. Actually you could say that there are 2.3 early games today, as Bradenton has to finish the last three innings of last night’s suspended game, before playing the regularly scheduled game. The FCL Pirates are done for the season. The DSL Pirates Black are done for the season as well, though their players are eligible for the playoffs with the DSL Pirates Gold. Those playoffs begin tomorrow morning.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Game Time: 1:35 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Jerad Eickhoff (5-5, 4.45)
- Final Line: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO
Travis Swaggerty 0-for-3, BB
Diego Castillo 1-for-4, 2B
Cal Mitchell 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Jack Suwinski 0-for-3
Mason Martin 2-for-3
Carter Bins 0-for-3
Indianapolis lost their afternoon game by a 3-1 score. Starter Jerad Eickhoff allowed one run in five innings, with a 4:0 BB/SO ratio to his credit. John O’Reilly followed with two shutout innings, retiring all six batters he faced. Nick Mears gave up two runs in the eighth and Yohan Ramirez tossed a scoreless ninth. Cal Mitchell had a solid game on offense, going 2-for-4 with his 17th double and the lone RBI. Diego Castillo also added a double. Indianapolis had one walk and 12 strikeouts. Jack Suwinski had no hits, leaving him 6-for-58 with six singles and 25 strikeouts in 64 plate appearances over his last 16 games.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
Game Time: 6:35 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski (3-7, 4.94)
- Final Line: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
Jared Triolo 3-for-4, 3B, HR, RBI
Nick Gonzales 0-for-3, BB
Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4, RBI
Blake Sabol 1-for-3, BB
Malcom Nunez 0-for-4
Liover Peguero 1-for-4
Carmen Mlodzinski got roughed up early and Altoona lost 7-5 on Wednesday night. He went 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks. Brad Case followed with one earned run in 2.2 innings. Austin Roberts had four strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Jared Triolo finished a double short of the cycle. He was on deck when the game ended. The triple was his fifth and the homer his ninth. He’s now up to a .798 OPS. Fabricio Macias had the big hit for Altoona, a three-run homer in seventh inning. Endy Rodriguez had an RBI single. He has hits in all 11 games since joining Altoona.
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
Game Time: 7:05 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Justin Meis (2-4, 5.47)
- Final Line: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO
Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
Hudson Head 1-for-3, 3B, BB
Sammy Siani 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI
Jase Bowen 1-for-4, SB
Greensboro won 5-3, as Justin Meis allowed two runs over five innings, while striking out nine batters. He didn’t exactly fill the strike zone, which led to four walks, but he limited the damage by giving up just two hits. Domingo Gonzalez followed with a run and four strikeouts in two innings. Eddy Yean and Cameron Junker finished off the game with scoreless innings. Sammy Siani returned to action for the first time in a a month and he hit two doubles and drove in a run. Abrahan Gutierrez had the biggest hit, a three-run homer in the first inning, his 12th of the season. Hudson Head hit his third triple and drew a walk. Greensboro had seven hits and five went for extra-bases. The two teams combined to whiff 29 times.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
Game Time: 12:00 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Anthony Solometo (4-0, 3.15)
- Final Line: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Termarr Johnson 1-for-4
Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-3, 2 BB
Jack Brannigan 1-for-5
Sergio Campana 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Juan Jerez 1-for-4, RBI, SB
Anthony Solometo dominated through three innings on Wednesday afternoon, before running into some trouble in the fourth. He retired the side in the first three innings before giving up a run on a hit, two walks and a hit batter in the fourth. He threw 68 pitches total, with 31 coming in that final frame. This game got ugly after Solometo left, mostly because of heavy rain at two points that they played through. The Marauders committed multiple errors, but the official scorer was very generous, possibly due to the conditions, so only one was credited. Dunedin also committed multiple errors and got credited with them, but their bats broke out in a big way for an 11-6 win. Sergio Umana allowed five runs, with two being earned. Cy Nielson tossed a scoreless seventh. Mike Walsh had a lot of trouble with his grip on the ball, though the opposition only scored once. Jack Hartman gave up four runs without recording an out.
Termarr Johnson made his Bradenton debut and he went 1-for-4 with an infield single. He started at second base and batted sixth. Sergio Campana had the big hit with his sixth homer, a two-run shot in the eighth. Tres Gonzalez followed with a two-run single. Juan Jerez singled in the fifth run, then a pair of errors on the same play led to the sixth run. Jerez stole his 17th base. Tsung-Che Cheng had two walks and two runs scored. He has a .512 OBP in 19 games this month.
Here’s the boxscore for the earlier completed game. It was a quick finish to the game and uneventful, with everything of note happening before suspended play. If you missed it, Bubba Chandler tossed five no-hit innings, two walks and five strikeouts. Henry Davis was the DH yesterday (not today) and he had a single and a HBP in three trips to the plate. Sergio Campana and Norkis Marcos homered yesterday, leading to the 3-1 win.
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