Down to the final three days of the minor league season. I mentioned in our weekly recap of the system yesterday that I was surprised that the makeup game was still on the schedule for Tuesday as a doubleheader. Well, it took them a bit of time to realize the game was meaningless for the standings, but they canceled the game last night. So now it’s just single games today, tomorrow and Wednesday to close out the Triple-A season.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Game Time: 6:15 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido (3-7, 4.17)
- Final Line: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
Travis Swaggerty 0-for-4
Tucupita Marcano 0-for-4
Malcom Nunez 0-for-4
Blake Sabol 2-for-3, BB
Carter Bins 0-for-4
Indianapolis lost an ugly one by a 17-1 score, allowing six runs in two separate innings for the massive blowout. Osvaldo Bido couldn’t finish out the year on a high note after putting up strong stats over the last two months. He gave up five runs in 1.1 innings before being ejected after hitting a batter. Two other Indians got ejected as well on the play. Cam Alldred didn’t fare any better, with five runs in 1.2 innings. Zach Matson allowed one run over three innings and Dillon Peters tossed a scoreless frame, before Travis MacGregor allowed six runs in the eighth, though only two were earned due to a Blake Sabol error. Speaking of Sabol, he continued to do well on offense, collecting two hits and a walk. Brendt Citta continued his solid hitting as well, with a single, a double and the only RBI. The Indians had one walk, 12 strikeouts and they went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.