Tonight’s group of starting pitchers consists of four interesting non-top 30 prospects. Osvaldo Bido for Indianapolis has been hard to hit this year, but his control has been poor. Omar Cruz has put together strong stats for Altoona. Nick Garcia has struggled in the high-offense environment of Greensboro, while Carlos Jimenez for Bradenton looks like a real sleeper prospect, with a mid-90s fastball, the best changeup in the system, and a curve that looked great in his last start. All night games tonight.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Game Time: 7:05 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido (2-1, 3.05)
- Final Line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO
Ji-hwan Bae 0-for-3, BB
Oneil Cruz 1-for-3, BB
Cal Mitchell 2-for-4, RBI
Mason Martin 0-for-4
Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-for-4
Travis Swaggerty 0-for-4
Hoy Park 2-for-4
Osvaldo Bido had been very difficult to hit this year, but he was racking up both walks and strikeouts. Despite averaging more than a strikeout per inning coming into tonight, he had his second start with zero strikeouts. In 4.2 innings, he allowed four runs on five hits and two walks. Eric Hanhold finished off the fifth and remained on for the sixth with a 5-0 deficit. He ended up allowing three runs (two earned) in the sixth. Cristofer Melendez walked three and allowed a run, while recording two outs. Aaron Fletcher tossed 1.2 scoreless. Indianapolis lost 8-4.
Travis Swaggerty made his return to the lineup after missing more than a week due to a concussion. It was not a happy return, with four strikeouts in four trips to the plate. Cal Mitchell had an RBI single that scored a second run on an error. Bligh Madris added a late two-run homer. Mitchell and Hoy Park each had two hits. Mason Martin is 2-for-30 with a .294 OPS in May after winning our Player of the Month award for April.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
Game Time: 6:00 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Omar Cruz (2-2, 2.86)
- Final Line: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
Jared Triolo 1-for-4
Henry Davis 0-for-3, HBP
Nick Gonzales 1-for-4
Liover Peguero 1-for-4
Matt Fraizer 1-for-4, 3B, RBI, SB
Lolo Sanchez 0-for-4
Connor Scott 1-for-2, BB
Omar Cruz had some bouts of wildness in his loss to Somerset on Thursday night. He gave up four runs over five innings. He walked three batters, but also hit two others and threw two wild pitches. Austin Roberts allowed two runs in one inning, then Brad Case settled things down a bit, though he worked around six base runners in three innings to give up just one run that didn’t factor into the 7-2 loss. Matt Fraizer had the key hit of the game after collecting two doubles yesterday. He had an RBI triple in the fourth, then scored the second run on a sac fly from Brendt Citta. Fraizer also stole his second base. Henry Davis went 0-for-3, while also getting hit for the 11th time this season. Nick Gonzales had another rough night, striking out three times. He has 43 strikeouts in 116 plate appearances (37.1% rate).
Carmen Mlodzinski was placed on the 7-day injured list with a shoulder issue. No word on the severity. Bear Bellomy has been added back to the roster.
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
Game Time: 7:00 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia (2-1, 6.06)
- Final Line: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO
Maikol Escotto 1-for-4, BB
Matt Gorski 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI
Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-4, BB
Hudson Head 2-for-3, BB
Sammy Siani 0-for-3, HBP, SB
Nick Garcia wasn’t efficient with his pitch count on Thursday, but he had a game that could get him on the right track. After coming into the night with a 6.06 ERA this year, he tossed 4.2 shutout innings on three hits, two walks and four strikeouts. He needed 84 pitches to get through his night, with 51 going for strikes. Jack Carey finished out the fifth and ended up going 2.1 scoreless innings, lowering him to a 2.81 ERA. Michell Miliano tossed a scoreless eighth and Logan Hofmann gave up a run in the ninth and Eddy Yean recorded the final two outs.
The offense was led by a fourth inning grand slam from Ernny Ordonez, his third homer of the season. Matt Gorski drove in a pair with his second triple of the year. Eli Wilson had an RBI single. Hudson Head reached base three times on two singles and a walk. Sammy Siani stole his seventh base.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
Game Time: 6:30 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez (0-1, 2.31)
- Final Line: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 SO
Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-4
Jase Bowen 0-for-4
Juan Jerez 0-for-4
Alexander Mojica 0-for-3, BB
Sergio Campana 0-for-2, BB
Carlos Jimenez steamrolled through the first two innings tonight, then couldn’t find the plate in the third inning, ending his night early. He gave up just one infield hit, but four runs scored (one earned) in the third on a hit, four walks, a fielder’s choice and an error. He recorded strikeouts on six of his seven outs, giving the 19-year-old Jimenez 25 strikeouts in 14.1 innings this year. Cristian Carle went 3.1 innings without an earned run. Dante Mendoza and Wilkin Ramos each tossed scoreless innings.
Bradenton had just two hits, both singles by catcher Geovanny Planchart, who also committed two errors that led to a total of four unearned runs in the 5-0 loss