Prospect Watch: Contreras Returns; Rain Wins Two Games

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Starting Pitcher: Tanner Anderson 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 1-for-3, BB, SB

Diego Castillo 0-for-2, RBI, BB

Jared Oliva 1-for-4

John Nogowski 0-for-3, BB

Fabricio Macias 1-for-4

Game Recap: Tanner Anderson got the spot start in place of Max Kranick, who was promoted to the majors. Anderson went 3.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks. Blake Weiman followed with 1.1 scoreless, stranding an inherited runner, while striking out three batters. John O’Reilly followed with three innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. Hunter Stratton tossed a scoreless ninth in the 4-3 loss. Indianapolis tied this game 1-1 in the second inning on Hunter Owen’s 15th home run of the season. They made it 4-2 in the eighth when Fabricio Macias scored on a wild pitch. Diego Castillo brought them within one run on a sacrifice fly. This was the Indianapolis debut for Castillo, who also went 0-for-2 with a walk. Bligh Madris hit his 17th double and scored a run. Tucupita Marcano had a bunt single, walk and a stolen base.


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Starting Pitcher: Roansy Contreras 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 1-for-4, RBI, SB

Ji-hwan Bae 1-for-5, RBI

Rodolfo Castro 0-for-5

Mason Martin 2-for-4, RBI

Matt Fraizer 0-for-2, 2 BB

Cal Mitchell 0-for-4

Jack Suwinski 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Game Recap: Roansy Contreras pitched for the first time since leaving his start early on June 30th. On a limited pitch count, he went two innings, allowing one run on two hits, no walks and three strikeouts. He threw 37 pitches, 24 going for strikes. Osvaldo Bido followed in an unfamiliar relief role and things didn’t go well, as he allowed seven runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk, with six strikeouts in four innings. Will Gardner allowed a run in the seventh and Shea Murray tossed shutout ball in the eighth, as the Curve lost 9-5.

Altoona took an early lead in this game on an RBI single by Jack Suwinski. He went 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. In the fifth inning down 7-1, Grant Koch brought in a run with a double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Curve. In the seventh, Oneil Cruz made it 8-3 on a sacrifice fly. Ji-hwan Bae and Mason Martin followed with RBI singles. Martin and Koch each had two hits. Matt Fraizer had two walks and an outfield assist. Cruz stole his 14th base.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Domingo Gonzalez (7.20 ERA in 25 IP/25 strikeouts)

Notable Performances:

Game Recap: POSTPONED. Doubleheader tomorrow


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Adrian Florencio (2.39 ERA in 75 IP/105 strikeouts)

Notable Performances:

Game Recap: POSTPONED. Doubleheader on Friday

*** The four short-season teams are off on Wednesdays

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

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.

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