Prospect Watch: Homers from Endy Rodriguez and Connor Scott Highlight Sunday’s Action

Teams will be celebrating the 4th of July weekend with fireworks tonight, because fireworks don’t work well during the day. That leaves us with an extremely rare schedule of only night games on Sunday. I’ll fill in the scheduled starters as they are announced. All of the short-season teams are off on Sundays.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

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Game Time: 7:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Hunter Stratton (1-4, 6.03)

  • Final Line:  2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Ben Gamel 2-for-5

Ji-hwan Bae 3-for-4, BB

Yoshi Tsutsugo 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Cal Mitchell 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Travis Swaggerty 0-for-5

Carter Bins 1-for-4

Mason Martin 1-for-4, 2B

Game Recap:

Hunter Stratton has struggled in a relief role this season, posting a 6.03 ERA coming into Sunday’s action. He had trouble in the starter role as well, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk in two innings of work. He was followed by Noe Toribio, who had his worst outing of the season, giving up four runs in one inning. Cam Alldred settled things down with three shutout innings on one hit, one walk and three strikeouts. Travis MacGregor followed with two shutout frames. Indianapolis had 14 hits in the game, but it led to just four runs in the 7-4 loss. Yoshi Tsutsugo drove in a pair with a first inning double. He then hit a sacrifice fly that made it 7-3. Cal Mitchell singled in the final run. Both Mitchell and Ji-hwan Bae collected three hits. Bae also drew a walk, while Mitchell hit his 11th double. Mason Martin his hit 14th double. Tsutsugo has 12 RBIs in nine games.

Cody Bolton was placed on the COVID-19 7-day IL.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

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Game Time: 6:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz (3-4, 5.06)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Liover Peguero 1-for-4, RBI

Connor Scott 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Matt Fraizer 1-for-3, SB

Game Recap:

Luis Ortiz allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in four innings, as Altoona pulled off a 7-3 victory on Sunday. He now has a 5.03 ERA in 68 innings, with a 1.19 WHIP and 73 strikeouts. Jeffrey Passantino got the win by allowing one run over 3.1 innings. Tahnaj Thomas picked up the save by retiring the final five batters in a row, two on strikeouts. The Curve scored runs in the first on back-to-back singles by Brendt Citta and Liover Peguero. Connor Scott brought both of them home on a three-run homer, just his second home run of the season. Altoona picked up their sixth run on a double steal, with Matt Fraizer stealing his ninth base in nine tries, and Fabricio Macias stealing home. The scoring was capped by Jared Triolo’s tenth double of the season, which scored a run. Aaron Shackelford had a single and his tenth double.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Game Time: 6:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Justin Meis (1-1, 6.94)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Yoyner Fajardo 1-for-3, 2 BB

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Abrahan Gutierrez 2-for-5, RBI

Dariel Lopez 2-for-5

Sammy Siani 0-for-5

Game Recap:

Justin Meis has rebounded well from two horrendous starts to begin his time in High-A. He couldn’t even get through a full inning in those two games combined, putting up a 108.00 ERA. He knocked that number down to 5.74 through five starts after giving up one run over four innings on Sunday. Ricky DeVito followed with two runs over 1.2 innings, then Jack Carey served up three runs in 1.1 innings. Garrett Leonard followed with three runs of his own while recording just one out. Eddy Yean got the final two outs, but not before giving up a run. Greensboro lost 10-7.

The Grasshoppers had a 6-1 lead at one point in this game. They were outscored 9-1 in the final four innings. Endy Rodriguez got the scoring started with a two-run homer in the first, his eighth homer. Ernny Ordonez drove in a run with a single. He then hit a three-run homer in the fifth, his 11th home run. Abrahan Gutierrez singled in their final run in the eighth. Rodriguez, Gutierrez, Ordonez, Jacob Gonzalez and Dariel Lopez each had two hits. Yoyner Fajardo reached base three times on a single and two walks.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

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Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Peralta (0-4, 6.93)

  • Final Line:  2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 1-for-3, BB, HBP, SB

Jase Bowen 1-for-5

Deivis Nadal 2-for-2, BB, HBP, 2 SB

Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Sergio Campana 0-for-4, RBI

Maikol Escotto 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Luis Peralta has been nearly impossible to hit this year, yet he digs himself a hole nearly every game as well with control issues. This game was no different, as he allowed two runs in 2.2 innings on two hits, three walks, a hit batter and five strikeouts. He threw 63 pitches in his abbreviated outing. Peralta has a 6.91 ERA and an outstanding total of 51 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. Cristian Charle followed with 2.1 shutout innings, lowering him to a 1.84 ERA. Wilkin Ramos retired all six batters he faced, three on strikeouts. Dante Mendoza finished off the game with two scoreless frames, lowering him to a 1.32 ERA. Bradenton won 6-2.

Bradenton scored a run in the first on a Deivis Nadal single, then another run scored when Sergio Campana grounded into a double play. Wyatt Hendrie capped the first inning scoring with an RBI single. Campana brought in another run with a ground out, then Rodolfo Nolasco capped the scoring with a two-run double, his tenth two-bagger. Nadal reached base in all four plate appearances, collecting two single, a walk and a HBP. He stole two bases, giving him nine steals. Tsung-Che Cheng reached base three times, scored two runs and stole his 15th base.

Maikol Escotto and Kevin Disla joined Bradenton for this game. Rafael Escalante has been assigned to the FCL Pirates.

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jon6er

One of the most interesting things I saw in the minor league game stats was the 1 hour 43 minute game time in the Curves 7-3 win over the Senators tonight. Since all these changes in baseball are coming to the majors anyway and after watching them in play in the minors I think many of them can’t come soon enough and especially with the crap the Brewers were doing this series by constantly stepping out of the box in obvious attempts to disrupt the Pirate pitchers. While I still don’t like the extra innings starting with the runner on second I still don’t like 3 and 4 hour games after all these years.

Iowasteel

Classic Peralta outing. Can’t throw the ball over the plate, but when he does, they can’t hit it.

AdministrativeSky236

Fingers crossed for a solid night in the minors tonight

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Idk where MiLB scoreboard page pulled Meis’ ERA from, but it’s actually 6.94 in Greensboro

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I had to double take, and check, cause I knew he had 2 decent starts in a row. I thought maybe I missed him blow up at end of his last game or something

Wilbur Miller

Could be worse. As I’m typing, Peralta’s ERA is 6.66.

AdministrativeSky236

Welp they tried lol

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