Kyle Nicolas had a strong start for Altoona and Jared Jones had a good news/bad news one for Greensboro. And there were strikeouts galore, especially for the Grasshoppers.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Game Time: 8:08pm
Starting Pitcher: Cody Bolton
- Final Line: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
- Ji-Hwan Bae 5-6, 2 2B, HR (2), 3 R, 3 RBI
- Oneil Cruz 0-3, 3 BB, SB
- Hoy Park 1-3, 2 BB
- Mason Martin 1-3, BB, HBP
- Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-3, 2 BB
- Cam Alldred 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Ji-Hwan Bae had five hits to lead Indianapolis (11-10) to an 8-1 win over Iowa. Bae hit his second home run and a pair of doubles, scoring three runs and driving in three. The rest of the Indy offense produced just five singles, but they also drew ten walks. Oneil Cruz went hitless, but walked three times. Hoy Park and Canaan Smith-Njigba each had a hit and two walks. Cody Bolton threw shutout innings and Cam Alldred threw two and a third. Alldred lowered his ERA to 1.84, but unfortunately he’s blocked by Aaron Fletcher and his 9.35 ERA.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
Game Time: 7:05pm
Starting Pitcher: Kyle Nicolas
- Final Line: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
- Nick Gonzales 1-4, HR (2)
- Andres Alvarez 2-3, 2B, BB, 2 SB
- Blake Sabol 1-3, 2B, BB
- Connor Scott 1-4, SB
Kyle Nicolas threw five two-hit, shutout innings and fanned six, but Altoona (9-10) couldn’t get the offense going and lost to Akron, 3-1. The only run for the Curve came with Nick Gonzales led off the game with his second home run of the year. Altoona had only four other hits, including a single and a double by Andres Alvarez, who’s now batting .300. Blake Sabol also had a double. Travis MacGregor followed Nicolas and allowed two runs, one earned, to take the loss. Colin Selby gave up the last run. Nicolas has now made four starts, throwing shutout ball in three of them and allowing eight runs in the other. Curve hitters fanned 15 times.
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
Game Time: 7:00pm
Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones
- Final Line: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 9 K
- Endy Rodriguez 1-5
- Henry Davis 1-4 HR (3), BB
- Matt Gorski 3-5, HR (5), 2 SB
- Abrahan Gutierrez 1-4, SB
Greensboro (7-12) had another frustrating loss, taking a 6-3 lead but quickly blowing it and losing to Rome, 10-6. Jared Jones had mixed success in his four and two-thirds innings. He fanned nine, but two of the three hits he allowed left the park, and he walked four. Two of his runs scored after he left in the fifth, as Garrett Leonard had trouble getting the last out of the inning. He went on to allow four runs of his own. The game was another serious strikeout festival for the Grasshoppers, as they fanned 20 times. Six different hitters whiffed three times each. Henry Davis hit his third home run, a three-run shot. Matt Gorski had three hits, including his fifth home run, and also stole two bases.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
Game Time: 6:30pm
Starting Pitcher: Justin Meis
- Final Line: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
- Jacob Gonzalez 2-4
- Duane Underwood, Jr. 1 IP
Bradenton (11-8) didn’t get a hit until Jacob Gonzalez and Jase Bowen led off the seventh with singles, as the Marauders lost to Dunedin, 7-0. Gonzalez singled in the ninth for the only other hit. Duane Underwood, Jr., made a rehab start, retiring three straight in his only inning. Justin Meis, the regular starter followed, but failed to survive an inning. He gave up five runs, all unearned due to one error as well as some other defensive tomfoolery. Brayan Roman and Darvin Garcia each allowed a run, in four and a third and three innings, respectively. Bradenton hitters fanned 13 times.+ posts
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.