Indianapolis’ season-opening struggles continued as almost everybody looked bad and the Indians got clobbered by Louisville, 7-2.
Prospect Watch: Mike Burrows is Strong in Season Debut; Nick Gonzales Homers
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Quinn Priester
- Final Line: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- Travis Swaggerty 0-4
- Nick Gonzales 0-4, 3 K
- Endy Rodriguez 0-3, BB
- Cal Mitchell 0-3
- Malcom Nunez 0-3
- Tucupita Marcano 2-3, HR (1)
- Chris Owings 1-3, HR (1)
- Angel Perdomo 1 IP, 1 K
- Colin Selby 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB
- Carmen Mlodzinski 1 IP, 2 K
Quinn Priester’s first start of the season was . . . well, awful and Indy dropped its fourth straight, 7-2, to Louisville. Priester was fine for two innings, but started in the third he just got bombed. He left with two out in the fourth, with six runs in and two on base, both of whom John O’Reilly stranded.
The bullpen got perfect innings from Angel Perdomo and Carmen Mlodzinski. Colin Selby struggled again, hitting one, walking one and throwing only seven of 15 pitches for strikes, but he allowed only one run.
The offense showed up for only two at-bats. Tucupita Marcano and Chris Owings hit back-to-back home runs in the third, and that was it except for a single by Marcano and a walk. Nick Gonzales fanned three times.
Having followed the Pirates fanatically since 1965, Wilbur Miller is one of the fast-dwindling number of fans who’ve actually seen good Pirate teams. He’s even seen Hall-of-Fame Pirates who didn’t get traded mid-career, if you can imagine such a thing. His first in-person game was a 5-4, 11-inning win at Forbes Field over Milwaukee (no, not that one). He’s been writing about the Pirates at various locations online for over 20 years. It has its frustrations, but it’s certainly more cathartic than writing legal stuff. Wilbur is retired and now lives in Bradenton with his wife and three temperamental cats.
You Quinn some, you lose some.
Priester seems like a #3 at best. Which is why Skenes is looking like a draft possibilty. But our outfielders blow too.
I think #3 starter is the absolute best outcome. I watched him pitch right behind the dish at Altoona a few times and was never impressed.
Skenes is the answer. You don’t pass on an arm like that.
I think they should let us draft both and in four years make a decision who to keep.
It’s early in the year so things can settle out, but Quinn has seemed to have issues now going back a year.
I’m hoping he’ll figure it out with some better coaching because I haven’t been impressed with his “stuff”. Just looks average to me as compared to other pitchers.
I think scouts like the looks of him physically and his stuff…but analytics and models don’t (flat fastball, easy to spot curve). He’s seemed more middle of the road and a #3 .
Someone put Nicky in a month long batting practice. One Week nothing but sliders, next week only curves…etc…LOL, I know it isn’t that easy, but sure hope he learns to pick up on off speed stuff (fingers crossed).
I’d say something but someone would say that I’m not rooting for the kid.
I’ll say it any ways. If the only thing you can hit are fastballs, you won’t be in the game very long.
Jesus wept, Wilbur, from the headline I thought Quinn was drunk!!
Got bombed would have worked, lol.
Wish he was.
Priester with a horrible start and Nick G with 3 Ks. Ugh
Pedro, good to see you!
Good to see you as well!