Jung-ho Kang homers in the first game of his rehabilitation assignment and Mason Martin goes deep for the 15th time.
3B Jung-ho Kang, recovering from side discomfort, followed up on a single and a walk when he slammed a two-run homer in the seventh against Columbus reliever Chih-wei Hu. (1-3, 6.54) Maybe it wasn’t Hu’s night, as after retiring Will Craig, the suddenly hot hitting Pedro Reyes (217/266/383) and perpetually light hitting J.B. Shuck went back-to-back off the Taiwanese right-hander. Reyes (9-for-18 in his last four games) finished with three hits and three runs driven in. Jason Martin (227/289/443) had two hits and two walks.
Cam Vieaux (3-3, 2.93), just promoted from Altoona, allowed two runs in five innings despite walking five batters.
Down 3-0 after five, Altoona chipped away, tying the score with single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but Matt Eckelman (8.64 ERA in 16 2⁄3 IP), who’d given up five runs in one inning just the day before, only got one out in the bottom of the ninth, surrendering a single and to walks before CF Tate Matheny (219/242/301) launched the game winning grand slam, his second home run of the season.
Austin Coley, injured the last three months of 2018, pitched the first two innings, allowing one run.
Bradenton had a day off.
1B Mason Martin (260/348/591) drove in four runs with a single and a two-run homer, his 15th, the fourth time in five games Martin has gone deep. SS Ji-hwan Bae (348/388/457), CF Fabricio Macias (263/319/441) and LF Justin Harrer (276/344/379) each had two hits.
2B Rodolfo Castro (272/318/589) was 0-for-5 and Lolo Sanchez did not play.
21 year old left-hander Alex Manasa (6-0, 3.22), drafted in the 11th round in 2017 from Jackson CC in Michigan, threw seven shutout innings, allowing six hits and no walks. For the season, he’s walked 11 and K’d 53 in 58 2⁄3 innings.