— Ke’Bryan Hayes had a big day as Indianapolis (4-3) won its fourth straight, 7-3, over Charlotte. Hayes went 3-5 with two doubles, his first home run and three RBIs. It could have been a much bigger day; according to the Indy announcers, one of the doubles might have gone over the fence, but got blown down by the wind. Hayes also had a drive that was caught on the track. Christian Kelley, in only his second start, went 2-3 with a double, a walk and his first home run. Bryan Reynolds was 2-5 with his third longball and Trayvon Robinson 4-4 with a steal. Mitch Keller had another rough start, laboring through four innings on 86 pitches. He gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out three. Clay Holmes got the win with three scoreless innings in relief. He gave up two hits and a walk, and struck out two.
Cole Tucker, Will Craig: each 1-4, BB
Brandon Maurer: IP, H, K
Michael Feliz: IP, 2 K
Also, a bit on Cole Tucker from Eric Longenhagen’s Daily Prospect Notes today:
Readers are often looking for a prospect outside the top 50 who might break out and move near the top of our overall list. My answer to that question is typically some big, projectable teenager who I expect to experience sizable physical growth. Tucker is rare in that he’s also a viable answer to this question even though he turns 23 this summer. Having answered once-relevant, shoulder-related questions about his arm strength, Tucker is now seen as a plus-gloved shortstop who has good feel for contact. But because he still has this big, seemingly unfinished frame on him, we think it’s possible that he comes into power a little late, and he might take a sizable leap. A source indicated to me that Tucker looks noticeably bigger and stronger this year. He hit for power during the first week of the season, and his batted ball data should be monitored for a possible indicator that he’s made a mechanical adjustment, too.
— A walkoff single by Bligh Madris scored the fake runner to give Altoona (6-2) a 3-2 win over Akron in the 11th inning. The Curve had tied the game in the 10th on a two-out error. Starter Cam Vieaux threw six one-hit, shutout innings. He walked four and struck out four. Madris finished 2-5 and Jerrick Suiter 2-4 with two steals. Stephen Alemais made his season debut, playing short and going 1-6.
— Bradenton (6-2) edged Charlotte, 4-3. Daniel Amaral went 2-3 and Travis Swaggerty 2-5 with a steal (he was actually picked off and the first baseman botched the play). Lucas Tancas had two RBIs, including a go-ahead, bases-loaded walk. Gregory Polanco went 1-3 with a walk in his last game before heading to Indianapolis. Oddy Nunez gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. Luis Escobar gave up a hit and a walk, and struck out two, in a scoreless 9th to get the save. Oneil Cruz and Cal Mitchell didn’t play.
— Osvaldo Bido had a strong start as Greensboro (4-4) shut out Charleston, 4-0. Bido threw six innings while allowing three hits and a walk, and striking out five. He hasn’t allowed a run through two starts. Samuel Reyes threw the last three innings for the save. He gave up two hits, walked none and fanned five. The Grasshoppers had only five hits. Mason Martin had a two-run double, two walks and two strikeouts. Zac Susi was 2-4.
Jonah Davis: 1-4, BB
Connor Kaiser: 0-4, BB
Brett Kinneman: 0-3, BB
Rodolfo Castro: 0-4, 3 K
Lolo Sanchez: 1-3, SB