In The System: Grasshoppers Comeback Win, Marauders Edge in Pitchers Duel
It was another busy night in the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league system, as some team's having to work overtime to make up games that were rained out. Here is a run down of the results.
Indianapolis Indians 7, Iowa Cubs 9
The home team scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Indians comeback bid came up just short, as they dropped their contest to the Cubs 9-7. Indianapolis could salvage a series split with a win on Sunday.
Max Kranick made his first appearance with Indy after his perfect MLB debut this past Sunday, and it didn't go well for him. Pitching just three innings, Kranick allowed six hits and five earned runs, before making way for Matt Eckelman, who earned the loss.
Hunter Owen went 2-for-3 with a home run, double and three RBIs. Bligh Madris went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in himself, two of which came in the ninth inning.
Most of the damage done at the hands of Kranick were from a first inning grand slam. Braeden Ogle pitched two more innings, notching four strikeouts in the process.
Game 1: Hartford Yard Goats 7, Altoona Curve 5
Mason Martin had himself a night, although Altoona dropped both games of the doubleheader to Hartford. In the first game he went deep twice, driving in three runs in total.
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Osvaldo Bido lasted only 1 1/3 innings in getting the loss, allowing four earned runs in total.
Game 2: Hartford 2, Altoona 1
Martin kept things going in game two, going deep again - the third time of the day and now has 12 total on the season. After a clean debut, Omar Cruz got tagged for the loss his second time around, allowing both runs in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four batters.
Greensboro Grasshoppers 6, Bowling Green Hot Rods 5
Fabricio Macias had an RBI single that scored Liover Peguero in the sixth inning that tied the game, and then Dylan Shockley hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth, as the Grasshoppers defeated the Hot Rods 6-5.
It was the first home run of the season for Shockley, getting the nod behind the plate for the game. Matt Fraizer stayed hot, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a pair of extra base hits (double, triple). Jared Triolo got a couple of knocks, later coming in to score twice as well.
Carmen Mlodzinski had maybe his worst outing of the season, but still managed to go six innings deep, striking out five batters in the process.
Bradenton Marauders 1, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels 0
This one was a pitchers duel from start to finish. The Marauders only registered six hits on the night, with Yoyner Farardo's double plating the lone run of the night (scoring Sammy Siani). Adrian Florencio improved to 3-1 on the season after pitching six shutout innings (five strikeouts). Cameron Junker and Enmanuel Mejia both came on in relief to clinch the shutout.
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