It was a good day in the farm system, with the bats carrying Pirate affiliates to a 4-1 record Wednesday.
Kevin Kramer continued to light up Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, recording three hits and scoring three times in a 6-5 Indianapolis win. This is following a multi-hit night against the RailRiders Tuesday.
Indianapolis got four combined innings of shutout relief from Brandon Waddell (1 IP), Jesus Liranzo (1.2 IP) and Jake Brentz (1.1 IP) to close the game. Liranzo allowed a hit and a walk, Waddell worked around a free pass, and Brentz struck out a pair to earn his first save of the season.
Right-hander Sean Brady was hit hard early, surrendering a hit to his first five batters faced, capped by a three run home run. After allowing another run in the second, he was able to give the Curve four scoreless frames from there on to earn his first win of the season (1-3).
Left fielder Logan Hill and delivered the eventual game winning hit in the ninth in a 9-8 Curve victory. He finished 3-4 with a home run, a walk and 3 RBI. It’s his third multi-hit effort in his last four games played.
Travis Swaggerty played the hero for the Marauders, coming through with a bases loaded single in the 10th.
Bradenton was down 5-3 with two outs in the ninth before Deon Stafford doubled home Swaggerty and Daniel Amaral to force extras. After Nick Mears allowed the runner placed on second to score, the Marauders tied it up on a throwing error on a bunt attempt. Chase Lambert was walked to load the bases before Swaggerty grounded the game-winner.
That was the only base runner Mears allowed in his two innings, striking out three.
The Grasshoppers split a double-header with the Delmarva Shorebirds, losing game one 3-2 and winning the second 4-1.
Middle infielder Rodolfo Castro went 3-6 on the day, improving his season slash line to .282/.333/.655.
Left-hander Cam Aldred turned in his third straight scoreless appearance out of the bullpen in game two, retiring all six of his batters faced, striking out three.
Osvaldo Bido had his shortest outing of the season in game one, allowing eight hits and three earned runs in a losing effort. He’s now allowed more runs in his last two starts (8) than he did his first six (5).