In The System: Mitch Keller Strong July, Matt Fraizer Hitting Streak, Connor Kaiser Grand Slam
It was an eventual day on Tuesday, with the MLB Draft wrapping up, the MLB All-Star game taking place and another week of minor league baseball getting underway. How did the team's on the farm fare for the Pittsburgh Pirates? Find out here!
Indianapolis Indians 3, Omaha Storm Chasers 2
Mitch Keller turned in another strong start for the Indians, pitching 5 1/3 innings of one run baseball while striking out eight. He did walk three, but it was an otherwise strong performance for the Pirates' former top pitching prospect.
He's really picked it up in two outings in March, allowing just seven hits, one run, and three walks in 10 1/3 innings, striking out 12. Keller has held opponents to an .184 average in that span.
Dee Strange-Gordon picked up two hits on the night, one a double and three different Indians hit RBI singles throughout the game giving them just enough to sneak out a win. Nick Mears pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the season.
Altoona Curve 6, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 3
With a six run first inning by the Curve, the offense threw everything they had at them at the start, and then relied on pitching the rest of the way out. Cal Mitchell and Canaan Smith-Njigba each had an RBI single before Connor Kaiser hit a grand slam to give Altoona a 6-0 lead in the first inning.
From there it was up to the pitching as Cam Vieaux started with Roansy Contreras still out and pitched four innings of one run baseball with four strikeouts. Steven Jennings pitched three innings in relief of Vieaux, allowed two runs and struck out two. Hunter Stratton, who may be a call up candidate for Indianapolis, earned his sixth save of the season, throwing a scoreless ninth inning.
Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Rome Braves 0
It wasn't a surprise it took till the ninth to see the first runs of the game, as both teams combined to get a total of four hits overall. Matt Fraizer continued his hitting streak with a double and Aaron Shackleford hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning, his 14th of the season.
Michael Burrows, who was bumped up a day from his usual schedule after Quinn Priester pitched on Sunday in the Future Stars game, threw a scoreless first inning before leaving the game. Garrett Leonard entered and pitched four innings, walking four but striking out six. Colin Selby threw three more innings, before Austin Roberts closed it out in the ninth for his fifth save of the season and completing the combined one-hitter.
Bradenton Marauders 6, Daytona Tortugas 5
Jack Herman hit a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to give the Marauders the lead. Sammy Siani drove in three runs of his own, two of which came on a single in the first inning and another later on a sacrifice fly.
Dariel Lopez went 3-for-4 with two runs scored on the day out of the three-hole in the lineup.
Luis Ortiz posted another quality start, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five batters. Emmanuel Mejia pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, striking out two, to earn the save.
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