Stetson Allie and Max Moroff homered late and Tyler Glasnow was good if not great in Altoona’s 4-1 victory at Erie.
Allie’s eighth-inning drive just cleared the yellow line on Erie’s giant left-field wall (it’s actually the side of the hockey arena), breaking a 1-1 tie. He hit a long single just beneath the line in the fourth and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Moroff also cleared the line in left for a ninth-inning insurance run on his only hit of the day.
In his second start of the year, Glasnow was solid, striking out four and walking two, allowing a run on five hits in 5 2-3 innings. His fastball sat around 91 to 93 according to the scout’s gun I was peeking on.
I’m by no means a scout, but I thought Glasnow seemed to struggle to locate his big breaking curveball at times. That led to him loading the bases with one out in the fourth, when he escaped the jam allowing just the one run.
Glasnow looked to be getting a better handle on the curve later in his outing, and he fanned the two batters he faced in the sixth before being pulled at 87 pitches. Tom Harlan pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings, followed by an inning each from Yhonathan Barrios, who escaped a bases-loaded jam, and Collin Balester.
The Curve offense struggled in the first six innings against Austin Kubitza, the eighth-ranked prospect in the Tigers system, according to Baseball America.
Catcher Sebastian Valle went 3-for-4. He's slashing .393/.414/.500 (in all of 28 at-bats). A former top prospect in the Phillies system mainly due to his defense, he's not that old at 24, so he'd be an interesting guy if his bat were to come around this year, albeit in his fourth time through double-A.
Side note: This was the first minor league game I've attended this year, so it was my first live experience with the
scourge of humanity pitch clock. It wasn't terribly noticeable as far as the pace of the game, though the clock's physical placement in Erie made it kind of hard to completely ignore.
-- Indianapolis whacked Toledo, 9-3. Steve Lombardozzi went 4-for-5 with a double, and Alen Hanson and Tony Sanchez had three hits each. Sanchez had two doubles, including one that drove in three in a four-run third inning. Elias Diaz also doubled. Nick Kingham struck out six and walked three, allowing three runs on four hits in six innings for the win. Deolis Guerra pitched the remaining three innings without allowing a run.
-- Bradenton beat Jupiter, 5-1. The Marauders took advantage of a couple Jupiter errors to score four in the eighth. Jin-De Jhang, the only Marauder with multiple hits, went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the eighth. Starter Felipe Gonzalez went three innings with one strikeout and three walks. Jeremy Bleich picked up the win, striking out three, walking none and giving up just one hit in three innings of relief.
-- West Virginia was rained out.