No one can stop the Grasshoppers, as Greensboro rapped out 14 more hits in a night with good pitching performances.
Right-hander Dario Agrazal (3-2, 3.04) had another strong start, the fifth time in his seven starts that he’s allowed one or fewer runs, dropping his Triple-A ERA to 2.59.
Bobby Bradley (278/359/556) hit his tenth homer of the year for Columbus’ only run, tying the game at one in the fourth. Agrazal allowed only four other hits and no walks with eight K’s, throwing 63 of 89 pitches for strikes (71%)
Indy put the game away in the eighth when Ke’Bryan Hayes (244/335/400) walked with one out. After Corey Dickerson was called out on strikes, Will Craig (260/345/519) also walked before Kevin Kramer (285/371/496) lined a double to center, scoring both runners.
Tyler Lyons threw a scoreless seventh, striking out the side, before Richard Rodriguez earned his first save with two scoreless innings, striking out three.
Dickerson was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the first game of his rehabilitation assignment.
Despite James Marvel’s fine pitching, the Curve offense only managed three singles and two walks, while fanning eleven times. Portland starter Denyi Reyes (1-6, 4.79) earned his first victory of the year with six shutout innings.
Marvel (4-5, 3.81) had his second straight good outing, allowing only two hits and three walks in 6 2⁄3 innings, along with eight K’s
CF Jared Oliva was 0-for-4 with a pair of K’s, dropping his season line to 207/303/293.
20 year old right-hander Cody Bolton (5-3, 2.03) turned in a quality start but lost, allowing both runs in six innings on five hits and no walks to go with eight whiffs. The two runs allowed tonight was only the second time in nine starts this year that Bolton had allowed more than one run. Two starts ago he gave up five, while giving up one runs four times and one run three times. On the season he’s walked 10 and K’d 52 in 48 2⁄3 innings.
Bradenton had only seven hits and a walk while going down on strikes thirteen times. Cal Mitchell (299/335/463) and Lucas Tancas each had two hits while Travis Swaggerty (253/347/367) was 1-for-4. SS Robbie Glendinning (307/346/551) was 0-for-4 with three K’s.
The ‘Hoppers scored in every inning from the fourth through the eighth. Ji-hwan Bae led the way with a 4-for-5 night, scoring two and driving in two. Lolo Sanchez raised his BA to .333 with three hits and Rodolfo Castro has three hits as well.
Steven Jennings (2-5, 6.11) allowed two earned runs out of four in six innings, with no walks and six strikeouts.
21 year old Dominican right-hander Yerry De los Santos struck out the side in the bottom of the nith for the save. It was just his sixth game of the year, with one hit and ten K’s in 6 2⁄3 innings. He threw only 18 1⁄3 innings in 2018, with a 2.45 ERA and 24 strikeouts, and only 8 2⁄3 innings in 2017 - but over that period has allowed only 6 runs in in 33 2⁄3 innings with 14 walks and 38 K’s.