Prospect Watch: Bradenton Sweeps Doubleheader to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Bradenton will attempt to play a doubleheader today after rain outs on Thursday and Friday. They began a game yesterday and scored five runs while still batting in the first, before it was suspended. They will complete that game first, then play a second game…if the weather cooperates. These games are important for the playoff race, but the regular season ends tomorrow, so they need to get them in. Note the start time for Altoona. I’ll fill in the TBD’s when they become available.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Prospect Watch: Priester Throws Shutout Ball; Doubleheader Postponed for Bradenton

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Game Time: 7:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jerad Eickhoff (6-5, 4.57)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-hwan Bae 0-for-5

Diego Castillo 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Blake Sabol 2-for-4, BB, SB

Bligh Madris 1-for-5

Game Recap:

Indianapolis lost 9-6, with starter Jerad Eickhoff allowing seven of those runs, though only four were earned. Nick Mears allowed two runs and one was earned. Cam Vieaux gave up three hits in his only inning, but no runs. Blake Sabol had two hits and a walk. Drew Maggi had three hits, two RBIs and his 20th stolen base. Brendt Citta, Kevin Padlo and Jared Oliva each had two hits. Oliva drove in two runs.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Game Time: 4:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski (4-8, 5.12)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 2-for-6

Nick Gonzales 2-for-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Henry Davis 1-for-5

Malcom Nunez 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Connor Scott 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Matt Fraizer 2-for-5

Game Recap:

Altoona had a real group effort on offense in a 13-6 win. Starter Carmen Mlodzinski allowed four runs in five innings, then gave way to Nick Dombkowski, who tossed two innings with an unearned run. Austin Roberts took the last two and allowed a run. The Curve scored four in the first on a two-run double by Malcom Nunez, an RBI double by Connor Scott and an RBI single by Aaron Shackelford. They added four more in the second, with a two-run double by Endy Rodriguez, a bases loaded walk to Nunez, and a sacrifice fly by Scott. In the fifth, Shackelford hit a three-run homer, his 26th of the season. The final two runs scored on the 18th and 19th doubles by Nick Gonzales. Nunez had three hits and a walk. Liover Peguero and Matt Fraizer each had two hits and two runs. Scott hit his 24th double. Rodriguez already has 11 doubles for Altoona. Henry Davis played outfield for the first time in his career.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Game Time: 7:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Justin Meis (7-8, 3.95)

  • Final Line:  4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 3-for-5, 2B

Dariel Lopez 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Jase Bowen 1-for-5

Game Recap:

Greensboro came into this week with an outside chance at a playoff spot and they really had a rough week, including tonight’s 8-5 loss. Justin Meis put on a show last week with 14 shutout innings, including his seven perfect frames, but he didn’t have it on this night, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. Santiago Florez took the loss with three runs in two frames. Sammy Siani had a big night, with three hits and three runs, including his ninth double. Dariel Lopez had two singles, two RBIs and a run scored. Yoyner Fajardo stole his 17th base.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game Time: 4:00 PM GAME ONE

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher:  Luis Peralta (0-7, 6.55)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 1-for-4, BB, SB

Termarr Johnson 1-for-2, 3 BB

Jack Brannigan 1-for-3, RBI, 2 BB

Rodolfo Nolasco 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Sergio Campana 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, BB

Game Recap:

The first game was the completion of yesterday’s game that was suspended in the top of the first inning with a 5-0 score, bases loaded for Bradenton, and two outs. The bats went quiet once play resumed, but it didn’t matter, as the Marauders won 6-2.  Luis Peralta was on the mound once play resumed. He went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. He now has 97 strikeouts in 60.1 innings. Carlos Jimenez gets credit for the start here because he was in the lineup as the starter, but he never threw a pitch. Ryan Harbin tossed two scoreless and Jack Hartman pitched a shutout seventh to end the game. Termarr Johnson got on base four times with a hit and three walks. Tsung-Che Cheng had a hit, walk and his 32nd steal. Rodolfo Nolasco had two hits, an RBI, a run and his 15th double. Sergio Campana hit his 14th double. Jack Brannigan had a single and two walks. Tres Gonzalez drove in two runs and stole two bases.

Game Two

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Joelvis Del Rosario (6-4, 3.68)

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

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

Termarr Johnson 0-for-2, RBI, BB, 2 SB

Jack Brannigan 1-for-3, BB

Rodolfo Nolasco 0-for-4, RBI

Game Recap:

Bradenton swept the doubleheader with a 4-2 victory. Joelvis Del Rosario got the start and allowed two runs over five innings for his seventh win. Wilkin Ramos almost allowed the lead to get away in the seventh, giving up a double and a walk to start the inning, but Carlos Lomeli came on and limited the damage to one run for the win. Tsung-Che Cheng had a single, run, RBI, walk and his 33rd steal. Termarr Johnson had a walk, RBI and two steals. Their first run scored on an error, the second on a Rodolfo Nolasco ground out. Bradenton goes into the final day of the season trailing Dunedin by a half game, with both teams having one game left, so the Marauders need a win and a Dunedin loss to make the playoffs.

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AdministrativeSky236

Bradenton wins two today, any idea what they need tomorrow to move on?

PirateRican21

Still waiting for Davis to have a game worth talking about in AA.

AdministrativeSky236

Uh he started in RF? Thats something

thepeter

Curve are having a big day against Flores.

Iowasteel

Not looking good for the Marauder games. Clearwater is north of here, and it might be a little different there, but it has been raining hard here for over 3 hours. Grounds cannot be in good shape.

PirateRican21

Hope to see Sabol behind the plate today, his bat is not spectacular, but plenty for a catcher, seems steady enough to get a look next year.

AdministrativeSky236

We are so left handed heavy with bats moving through the system!

PirateRican21

Next year is the key my comment, would like to see Perez (if brought back) and Sabol as his back up. With switch hitting Endy taking over late next year.

AdministrativeSky236

Good point! I also forgot that endy is a switch hitter, that is really nice for balance

Wilbur Miller

Better to have hitters who struggle against LHPs than ones who struggle against pitchers.

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