Interesting pitching in Bradenton, very little offense in Greensboro doubleheader, and Altoona wins with another big inning.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Game Time: 8:07pm
Starting Pitcher: Cody Bolton
- Final Line: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
- Oneil Cruz 2-5, HR (6), BB
- Travis Swaggerty 2-5
- Ji-Hwan Bae 1-4, 2B, BB
- Mason Martin 0-4, SF
- Bligh Madris 1-5, HR (3)
- Hoy Park 1-2, 3 BB
- Jared Oliva 2-5, 3B, HR (3)
Indianapolis (23-22) blew a six-run lead and lost to St. Paul in ten innings, 9-8. The Indians had an 8-2 lead in the middle of the sixth inning thanks to some power hitting. Jared Oliva had a triple, his third home run of the year and three RBIs. Bligh Madris had a two-run bomb, also his third homer, and Oneil Cruz hit his sixth. Cody Bolton started and battled control problems, walking three in three innings, but the two runs off him were unearned. Austin Brice worked two scoreless innings, but Blake Weiman gave up two runs in the sixth. Indy still led, 8-4, in the bottom of the eighth, but Hunter Stratton gave up three, with Cam Vieaux having to notch a pair of strikeouts to end the inning with Indy ahead, 8-7. In the bottom of the ninth, Cristofer Melendez got within one out of the save, but gave up a game-tying home run. Indy got the free runner to third with nobody out in the tenth, but failed to score. Melendez gave up a walkoff single to the first batter in the bottom of the tenth. Oliva, Cruz and Travis Swaggerty each had two hits. Swaggerty and Ji-Hwan Bae each had doubles, and Hoy Park reached base four times. Cole Tucker went 0-for-5 and stranded seven runners.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
Game Time: 7:00pm
Starting Pitcher: Austin Roberts
- Final Line: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- Nick Gonzales 3-5
- Liover Peguero 1-5, SB
- Blake Sabol 2-5
- Matt Gorski 2-5
- Aaron Shackelford 2-4, HR (7)
- Matt Fraizer 1-3, 2B, BB, SB
- Connor Scott 1-4, 2B
- Travis MacGregor 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Altoona (22-21) beat Harrisburg, 5-1, for their fifth straight win. The Curve these days seem to score runs in bunches and, in this game, they got four in the second. Aaron Shackelford hit his seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot. Two more scored on doubles by Matt Fraizer and Brendt Citta, and a single by Nick Gonzales. The Curve had 14 hits in the game, three by Gonzales. Blake Sabol, Matt Gorski and Shackelford each had two. Jared Triolo and Connor Scott added doubles. Austin Roberts did the opener thing, allowing a run over two innings. Travis MacGregor followed with four scoreless frames, fanning six. After getting lit up for a 9.28 ERA in April, MacGregor has an ERA of 1.42 in May, with 23 Ks in 19 IP. Brad Case added three more scoreless innings and fanned five.
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
Game Time: 5:05pm
Starting Pitchers: Adrian Florencio and Domingo Gonzalez
- Final Line Florencio: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- Final Line Gonzalez: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- Hudson Head 0-6, 4 K
- Dariel Lopez 1-6, 2B
- Endy Rodriguez 1-3
- Maikol Escotto 1-3, 2B
Greensboro (20-22) got one-hit in the first game of a doubleheader with Asheville, losing 3-0. Adrian Florencio gave up three runs over five innings. Yoyner Fajardo had the only hit, a single. The Hoppers had three walks and got only one runner into scoring position.
The Hoppers won game two, 3-1. Domingo Gonzalez had easily his best start of the season, giving up just one run and three hits over six innings. Cam Junker pitched the seventh for the save, striking out two. The Hoppers had just four hits, including doubles by Dariel Lopez and Maikol Escotto. They whiffed 12 times in just 25 ABs.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
BRADENTON MARAUDERS WEEK: 5/31
Game Time: 6:30pm
Starting Pitcher: Anthony Solometo
- Final Line: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
- Rodolfo Nolasco 1-4
- Mike Jarvis 2-4, 2B, HR (1)
- Carlos Jimenez 4 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Bradenton (19-24) lost to Fort Myers, 6-2. Since starting the season 7-2, they’re 12-22. Anthony Solometo mostly pitched well in his pro debut, against the best-hitting team in the Florida State League. He was shaky at the start, mainly due to control issues. Even then he’d have escaped the inning on 13 pitches but for a two-out error that led to two unearned runs and 19 extra pitches. Solometo pitched much better in his next two innings. Carlos Jimenez ran into similar problems, as he was very wild when he first came in the game and gave up three quick runs. He mostly dominated after that, allowing one more run in four total innings, while fanning nine. The Marauders’ sputtering offense managed just four hits, two of them by Mike Jarvis. He had a double and his first home run of the year. Bradenton drew two walks while fanning 13 times. They also committed four errors.