— Rookie Davis got battered as Indianapolis (13-12) lost to Columbus, 9-7. Davis gave up eight runs on 12 hits in five innings. With an ERA of 7.13, WHIP of 1.54 and six HRs allowed in 24 IP, he’s not looking like a viable depth option. Jason Martin made his first appearance in the minors this year and homered, his only hit in five ABs. Jake Elmore also went deep, his second of the year, and finished 2-3 with three runs to keep his average at .400. Patrick Kivlehan hit his third home run.
Kevin Newman: 0-3, BB
Ke’Bryan Hayes: 1-4, 2B
Jacob Stallings: 1-4
Will Craig: 2-4
Kevin Kramer: 1-3
Brandon Waddell: IP, H, K
Jesus Liranzo: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K (ERA is 11.12, BB/9 is 9.5)
Montana DuRapau: IP, K (ERA is 0.00)
— Altoona (12-13) came up against yet another top Detroit pitching prospect and ended up with a 3-1 loss to Erie. This time it was 2017 first rounder Alex Faedo. The Curve managed seven hits, but couldn’t support James Marvel. He threw six shutout innings, but ran out of gas in the seventh and gave up three runs before departing with two out. He gave up nine hits and a walk on the game, and struck out six. Hunter Owen stayed hot, going 2-4.
— Bradenton (17-9) had an even tougher time with Edward Cabrera, one of the Marlins’ top pitching prospects, in a 1-0 loss to Jupiter. The Marauders whiffed 18 times and got only two hits: a double by Travis Swaggerty, who was 1-4, and a single by Dylan Busby, who was 1-3. Domingo Robles was the hard-luck loser, giving up just an unearned run in seven innings. (Jupiter is by far the weakest-hitting team in the Florida State League, coming in with a .550 OPS.) Robles gave up five hits and a walk, and struck out four. Luis Escobar threw a scoreless inning in relief and has yet to allow an earned run.
— Greensboro (16-9) continued its recent power surge, clubbing Rome, 8-3. Fabricio Macias (pictured) had a big day, going 4-4 with his fourth home run and three RBIs. Macias was a mildly prominent signing out of Mexico, but struggled enough in low A last year that he was demoted to short season ball, where he hit well. Back in low A again, he’s been struggling badly this year, not getting his average over .100 until last Sunday. In his last three games, though, he’s 8-for-12 with three dingers, so maybe a light has come on. Lolo Sanchez and Rodolfo Castro also went deep, Sanchez’ third and Castro’s seventh, all of them in his last eight games. He also has a streak of four games with at least one home run. Sanchez finished 1-5 and Castro 1-4. Nick Economos had a strong start, allowing one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. He fanned seven.
Mason Martin: 0-2, 2 BB
Samuel Reyes: 2 IP, R, 3 BB, 2 K
Nick Mears: IP, 2 H, R, BB, K