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Mitch Keller allowed one run for Indianapolis, Bradenton wins the suspended game and Greensboro keeps on hopping

Triple-A

The Pirates’ top remaining minor league pitching prospect Mitch Keller (5-0, 3.45) allowed one run in seven innings, scattering six hits and a walk, as Indianapolis (23-18) won 4-3 at Louisville (18-26). He fanned six while throwing 66 of 95 pitches for strikes (69%)

Lefty reliever Jake Brentz (1.50 ERA in 18 IP) did his best to give the game away in the bottom of ninth, but managed to be awarded a save despite allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in the inning. Brentz ended the game by striking out Scott Schebler on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded.

Jason Martin (226/294/484) led off the game with his third home run and Kevin Kramer (277/367/455), playing shortstop, his his third, also a solo shot. Will Craig had a pair of hits and Jose Osuna and Ke’Bryan Hayes each had a double.

Double-A

Altoona (22-21) fell 3-0 at New Hampshire (20-22) as they could only manage three hits.

24 year old left-hander Sean Brady (2-4, 6.91), signed on May 1 after being released by the Cleveland organization, made his third start for Altoona and allowed just one earned run in six innings despite being touched for ten hits. He was lifted during New Hampshire four-run seventh in which reliever Vicente Campos was tagged with two runs of his own.

3B Hunter Owen doubled in his first at-bat but left the game.

High-A

Bradenton (24-19) won the continuation of the game halted by rain the night before, resuming play in the fourth inning as they downed home team Fort Myers (25-18) by a 7-2 score.

In today’s part of the game, Ike Schlabach came on to throw four innings of one-run relief, striking out three. Bradenton then got four runs in the top of the eighth to seal the win.

Travis Swaggerty had homered the night before, and for the game LF Chris Sharpe and 1B Lucas Tancas had three hits apiece, while RF Cal Mitchell had two.

Bradenton dropped the regularly scheduled game 2-0 in seven innings.

Nick Economos (0-1, 3.60), coming off a gem in his last start, pitched well enough, allowing two runs in five innings on five hits and two walks.

They managed only six hits, with Sharpe (261/348/428) collecting two more and Mitchell (292/330/458) going 1-for-3. Swaggerty was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Low-A

Greensboro’s (30-14) bullpen coughed up five runs in the final two innings, but held on for a 10-7 win at Charleston, West Virginia (22-22)

Colin Selby, a 16th round 2018 draftee from Randolph-Macon who spent all of last year at Bristol, made his second appearance this year. After four shutout innings in his first game, Selby allowed two runs in five innings only only two hits - both of them homeruns, while walking one and striking out six.

Braeden Ogle (4.35) got tagged for most of the late inning damage. surrendering five runs on three hits and two walks, including a homer, in just 23 of an inning.

It was a night for the Grasshopper bats, as seven players collected two hits each. LF Fabricio Macias (232/284/384) had a single, double and a walk to go with two runs scored and three driven in. CF Lolo Sanchez (323/404/510) had two singles and a walk, with two runs scored. 1B Mason Martin (242/344/516) had a single and a double and drove in two, and SS Rodolfo Castro (272/321/608) had two singles and two RBI.