Four afternoon games on the schedule to wrap up the week in the minors. Monday will be an off-day. Indianapolis had the big day on offense, scoring in bunches during two innings.
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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
INDIANAPOLIS @ ST. PAUL
Final Score: Indianapolis 15, St Paul 3
Indianapolis Starter: Caleb Smith (1-3, 8.78)
Pitching Line: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO
- Nick Gonzales 2-for-5, 2B, 3B
- Canaan Smith-Njigba 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI
- Endy Rodriguez 0-for-2, 3 BB
- Jared Triolo 3-for-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI
- Cal Mitchell 1-for-5, RBI
- Malcom Nunez 2-for-4, RBI, BB
Caleb Smith came into the day with an 8.78 ERA. He didn’t have a great game, but he did trim over a half run off of that high mark by allowing three runs over five innings. He gave up four hits, with three walks and nine strikeouts. He threw 91 pitches, with 62 going for strikes.
JC Flowers took over in the sixth and retired all six batters he faced, three on strikeouts. Daniel Zamora allowed three hits, but no runs in the eighth. Carmen Mlodzinski handled the ninth in the one-sided win.
The Indians got off to a slow start on offense for a game that saw them score 15 runs. Canaan Smith-Njigba started it with a fourth inning single that made it a 2-1 deficit. A fielder’s choice scored a second run, then Jared Triolo doubled in a pair. Grant Koch grounded into a double play in a big spot, but it brought in a run.
Malcom Nunez singled in a run in the sixth. Smith-Njigba doubled in two runs in the seventh.
A bases loaded walk to Endy Rodriguez scored a run in the ninth when a wild pitch allowed the lead runner to score. Triolo then doubled in two more runs. Josh Bissonette singled in a run, then Chavez Young capped the scoring with a three-run homer
Nick Gonzales hit his sixth double and third triple. He scored three runs.
Rodriguez had three walks and two runs. Triolo had a single, in addition to his two doubles. He drove in four runs. Young stole his tenth base.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
ALTOONA VS AKRON
Final Score: Akron 4, Altoona 2
Altoona Starter: Travis MacGregor (3-0, 1.93)
Pitching Line: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 SO
- Liover Peguero 1-for-4, 2B
- Henry Davis 1-for-4
- Matt Gorski 0-for-4
Reliever Travis MacGregor started this game, before giving way to starter Justin Meis in the third inning. MacGregor worked around five base runners for two shutout innings to lower him to a 1.74 ERA through 20.2 innings. Meis ran into trouble in the sixth with no outs, which knocked him out of the game. He went three innings on four hits, three runs, a walk and three strikeouts.
Braeden Ogle tossed a scoreless sixth. Nick Dombkowski allowed a run in the seventh. Cam Junker threw a scoreless eighth and Juan Minaya threw shutout ball in the ninth, as Altoona lost 4-2
Altoona scored their first run on Mason Martin’s fifth homer of the year, a solo shot in the second. They scored again on a bases loaded walk to Dylan Shockley in the seventh. They had two chances to add runs in that inning, but Liover Peguero and pinch-hitter Matt Fraizer each struck out. Peguero hit his seventh double of the season earlier in the game.
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
GREENSBORO VS JERSEY SHORE
Final Score: Jersey Shore 6, Greensboro 1
Greensboro Starter: Valentin Linarez (0-1, 6.62)
Pitching Line: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO
- Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-4
- Jase Bowen 0-for-4
- Sammy Siani 0-for-3, BB
- Maikol Escotto 0-for-4
Starter Valentin Linarez needed 67 pitches (37 strikes) to get through three innings. He allowed three runs, which was impressive considering that he gave up six hits and three walks in his limited time. Santiago Florez allowed a run in the fourth, while Eddy Yean gave up one unearned run in his two innings. Grant Ford allowed a run in the seventh, then Dante Mendoza threw shutout ball over two frames.
Greensboro scored in the fourth inning on a Will Matthiessen double, which brought in Tres Gonzalez. That ended up being all of their scoring. Gonzalez had a single, double and a stolen base. Eli Wilson added a single. The Grasshoppers had four hits total, along with two walks. They struck out 13 times.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
BRADENTON VS LAKELAND
Final Score: Bradenton 8, Lakeland 3
Bradenton Starter: Derek Diamond (2-2, 6.00)
Pitching Line: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
- Jesus Castillo 1-for-4, RBI, SB
- Rodolfo Nolasco 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB
- Shalin Polanco 1-for-4
- Termarr Johnson 2-for-4, RBI
- Javier Rivas 2-for-3, 2B
- Enmanuel Terrero 1-for-3, RBI, BB
Starter Derek Diamond came into the day with a 6.00 ERA. He cut nearly a run off of that number on Sunday by allowing one run over five innings, with five hits, one walk and five strikeouts. He threw 84 pitches, with 57 going for strikes.
Yoldin De La Paz followed with one run over two innings. Darvin Garcia gave up an unearned run in his lone inning. Carlos Lomeli closed things out in the ninth.
Bradenton started their scoring on a double steal, with Rayber Romero stealing home. A ground out by Termarr Johnson scored the second run.
The Marauders scored six runs in the sixth, bringing home solo runs on an Enmanuel Terrero walk, Deivis Nadal hit-by-pitch, an Omar Alfonzo single, a balk, a Jesus Castillo ground out and a Rodolfo Nolasco single.
Nolasco hit his ninth double. Johnson had two singles. It was his third two-hit game of the week, though a slow start has him at a .234 average.
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What’s up with Juan Minaya? I missed his signing. Weird he’s in AA
He signed a minor League deal right before Spring Training. He pitched pretty well in ST as well. Was surprised when he went to AA also, but he has pitched well this year. Granted in AA, but he has been good.
And get rid of O’Reilly
Howabout that Triolo (he says, ducking)!
Is this the beginning of a turnaround for Termarr?
Mitchell and Triolo might just be better than a few guys on the big club right now.
Personally, I like Mitchell better than Suwinski. For sure better than this Palacious guy. I’m in the minority, but he just has a cleaner swing.
Mitchell may be the streakiest hitter in the org. Logically, you’d think they’d call him up when he’s hot, but the Pirates don’t do things like that.
Can Triolo be a legit SS? By legit I mean better than Castro/Marcano/Bae. If so no reason not to give him a look.
Also I agree, no reason to have Palacios over Mitchell or even CSN.
Triolo wouldn’t have the range of a pro typical SS, but like Newman, he’ll catch everything he gets to?
The offense has stalled, so yeah.
Replace Palacios and Owings now.
But Palacios was batting 2,000 at Indy!!!