Indianapolis picked up a win, but may have suffered a loss. Altoona lost again but got a mostly dominant start from Jared Jones.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Mike Burrows
- Final Line: 1.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K
- Nick Gonzales 1-4, HR (2), BB
- Endy Rodriguez 1-4, BB
- Mark Mathias 1-4, HR (1)
- Cal Mitchell 1-2, 2B, SB
- Travis Swaggerty 0-1, BB
- Colin Selby 2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, K
- Yerry De Los Santos IP, H, K
Indianapolis (4-4) won its fourth straight, 5-4 over Louisville to even its record, but may have lost Mike Burrows in the process. Burrows gave up a solo home run with two out in the second, then left one pitch later with an apparent arm injury.
Cam Alldred picked it up after Burrows left, with two and a third scoreless innings. Hunter Stratton had a rough time, giving up two runs in his one inning on three straight walks and a Joey Votto double. Colin Selby gave up a run over two innings, but Yohan Ramirez and Yerry De Los Santos each threw a scoreless inning to hold the one-run lead.
Indy got one hit each from seven players, with the big blows being a solo home run by Nick Gonzales and a two-run short by Mark Mathias. Cal Mitchell had a double before leaving with a hand injury. He also had a steal of home.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones
- Final Line: 4.2 IP, H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- Henry Davis 1-3, 3B, BB
- Liover Peguero 0-4
- Matt Gorski 0-4, 3 K
- Nick Dombkowski 1.1 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, K
- Tahnaj Thomas IP, BB, K
- Tyler Samaniego IP, H, ER, K
Altoona (0-3) repeater-laden offense continued to sputter in a 5-2 loss to New Hampshire. The Curve managed only five hits, with the two runs scoring on a triple by Henry Davis in the eighth. The 3-4-5 hitters — Liover Peguero, Matt Gorski and Jacob Gonzalez — each went 0-for-4, with Gorski and Gonzalez fanning three times each. Gorski has struck out seven times in the last two games.
Jared Jones started and allowed just one hit, but it was a home run following a hit batsman. He walked two and fanned six, and left after 75 pitches with two outs in the fifth. Nick Dombkowski gave up an unearned run in an inning and a third. Tahnaj threw a scoreless inning and Tyler Samaniego gave up a run in his inning.
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Bubba Chandler
- Final Line: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- Tsung-Che Cheng 1-4, 3B, BB, SB
- Abrahan Gutierrez 2-4, HR (1)
- Maikol Escotto 2-4, 2 SB
- Cy Nielson 1.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K
- Jack Carey 2 IP, 4 K
Greensboro (1-1) picked up its first win, 5-3, over Hudson Valley. Bubba Chandler made his first start at the level and had an uneven game. He got through three scoreless innings without much trouble, but ran into trouble in the fourth due to a hit batsman, a walk and an error. He was charged with three runs, two earned, and left with one out. He threw 38 of 66 pitches for strikes.
The bullpen shut things down. Cy Nielson went an inning and two thirds, and Eddy Yean and Jack Carey each threw two innings, all scoreless. Yean got away with three walks, but Carey retired six straight, four on strikes. Hopper pitchers fanned 14 in all.
Tsung-Che Cheng, Maikol Escotto and Abrahan Gutierrez led the offense. Cheng had a triple, walk and steal, while Escotto had two hits, two RBIs and two steals, including a straight steal of home. Gutierrez also had two hits and two RBIs, and connected for his first home run of the year. Sammy Siani also had two steals.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Derek Diamond
- Final Line: 4 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 K
- There were no top performers.
Bradenton (1-1) got no-hit in a 3-0 loss to Clearwater. The Threshers used five different pitchers and the Marauders flailed blindly against all of them. Bradenton fanned 16 times and, other than one long drive by Tres Gonzalez, came nowhere remotely near getting a hit. The top three hitters in the order — Enmanuel Terrero, Jack Brannigan and Javier Rivas — went a combined 0-for-11 with one walk and ten strikeouts.
Derek Diamond, last year’s sixth-round pick, made his first pro start and pitched well. He went four and gave up three hits, all of them third-inning singles. The one run he allowed was set up when he slipped and turned a sacrifice attempt into a single. (Judging by today, Bradenton needs to conduct a whole lot of PFP.) Diamond fanned four and walked nobody.
Luigi Hernandez, Yoldin De La Paz and Elijah Birdsong finished. Hernandez got through three scoreless innings despite four walks, but he didn’t allow any hits. De La Paz gave up two runs, one earned, in his inning and Birdsong threw a scoreless inning.
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.
No idea who this pitcher is, but the Bradenton hitters are hopelessly overmatched.
Guess it wasn’t the starter. The two relievers are blowing them away, too.
Feel bad for Burrows. Hoping for the best, expecting the worst.
Ah, nuts! I guess this is why you build depth. Any chance of Carmen moving up to start?
Nicolas makes sense, or Bido!
So who now is going to take Hill’s job???
Ortiz, member him?
Derek Diamond for BRD today.
Saved by the bell, he screeched!
An injury to Borrows is terrible . I hope it was precautionary that he was removed from the game. Will wait to see what his injury is.
This is the reason why taking Skenes 1-1 is too risky. TINSTAAPP
Can’t live your life in fear. If he’s the player best suited for 1-1 due to his abilities, than take him at 1-1.
I’m not too worried about Skenes. Although he throws freakin’ laser-beams, he’s built like a horse with very short arm action.
While I understand the hesitancy to take an arm 1-1, I don’t think using potential arm injury by Burrows should be used as a reason to not draft Skenes. Pitchers get hurt, it’s part of the deal.
Personally, I’d like them to draft a position player in the top 10, and then going hard on arms. But if a guy is really special, like Cole (and Skenes may be that), it’s ok to rethink that philosophy.
Is Skenes was head and shoulders above the best position player yes- he’s not and he will not be by draft time. Skenes best case scenario is that he’s ranked EVENLY with our favorite outfielder from LSU, so there’s no decision to be made
I think a lot of Crews’ value will be determined on where teams view him defensively. SSs and CFs are always premium defensive positions in the draft. If there is any question on him moving to the corners, which I believe is TBD, you have to draft the guy that projects as a TOR pitcher.
How do you know he won’t look like a better pick than Crews by draft time? Isn’t it possible Crews tails off and Skenes keeps dealing? The draft is 3 months away, so it’s absurd to act like it’s set in stone and can’t change.
Also, and this is most important…just because many outlets rank Crews first doesn’t mean the Pirates do.
Position players get hurt also, maybe even more often. Top rate pitching beats top rate hitting 85% of the time. In a short playoff series, give me Skenes.
considering our goal is more to “get to” playoff games versus to “win a series” I’ll take the outfielder.
The very few times we actually made the playoffs in the last 20 years, we were beat by the better pitcher. Short- or long-series as constructed for the benefit of TV ratings and travel favor the team with the best top 2 or 3.
The reigning Cy Young award winner had tommy john at 37 and won at 39.
The actual number of pitchers that are substantially altered by injury is exceptionally low, right?
I don’t get this reflexive dogma at all.
its that we lose about 1.5 of the years of control due to it assuming it happens at the ML level which we can’t afford. Has nothing to do with his ability afterwards three years later when he’s likely pitching for someone else
Nobody is forcing you to make such stupid assumptions, bro.
We would have a top rotation guy for 5.5 yrs major league service time, if they get hurt with Tommy John while on the 26 man than it’s less than that. It’s really comes down to productivity.
And less than 1% of pitchers undergo Tommy John every year.
This dogma that reflexively says you shouldn’t draft a pitcher because of risk is so stupid.
have less than 1% of OUR pitchers undergone Tommy John in the last 20 years? I’d venture its at least 5X that figure.
The Pirates average around 30 pitchers used per year.
Are you seriously claiming they lose more than 2 big league pitchers *every year* to Tommy John?
The narrative around this is ridiculous. The reality is nowhere close, you just let yourself believe the bullshit.
Nope, just not that high when their is a premium hitter who will play 700 games in 5.5 yrs compare 30 starts tops for 5 5 yrs. It’s just math , Fan graphs has math so you should understand.
Have you paid attention these past years?
Do you ever think for yourself?
he’s not? comeon man, thats kinda along the lines of a personal insult. cool it.
Chandler struggling a bit with command, sitting 93, throwing sliders and change up.
gutierrez just crushed a homer to left following Chen triple!
Escotto with a straight steal of home!