23 year old Colombian right-hander Luis Escobar (1.30 ERA in 27 2⁄3 IP), who started the year in Bradenton’s bullpen but has now made three starts in five appearances with Indianapolis, gave up only one run in five inning, on three hits and two walks while fanning six. For the season he’s averaging 10.7 K/9.
The score was tied at one going to the bottom of the sixth, but the Indians put three runs on the board on only two hits as the Gwinnett infield committed three errors.
Ke’Bryan Hayes led off, reaching on a throwing error by the shortstop. Kevin Kramer bounced to third, but the shortstop dropped the throw, attempting to force out Hayes, for his second error. Will Craig singled to center to load the bases and after Pablo Reyes struck out hayes scored on J.B. Shuck’s groundout. Christian kelley then line a single to right to drive in Kramer and Craig before the third baseman booted jake Elmore’s grounder for another error.
Craig (274/354/565 had a single and a double in four trips to the plate. Cory Dickerson and Jung-ho Kang did not play as part of their rehab assignment.
Yefry Ramírez (1.42 ERA in 19 minor league IP) made his first appearance since being acquired from the Orioles, replacing Jesus Liranzo on the roster. He threw a scoreless inning, walking three and striking out one.
Tyler Lyons (1.86 ERA in 19 1⁄3 minor league IP) got the save with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings.
The two teams battled back and forth, tied 4-4 after five innings, until New Hampshire pushed across a run in the eighth.
Austin Coley, who missed most of the second half of last season with a right shoulder strain, opened and gave up one run in two innings on three hits. Beau Sulser (1.39 ERA in 32 1⁄3 IP then was hammered for three runs on eight hits in just three innings. Joel Cesar (1.16 ERA in 23 1⁄3 IP) gave up the winning run on a solo homer in the eight to Kevin Smith (183/250/343), his sixth.
3B Hunter Owen (297/369/566) was the only Curve batter with multiple hits, as he went 2-for-3, with his 11th homer and a walk.
Starter Aaron Shortridge (3-1, 3.75) was hit hard, surrendering five runs in five innings on seven hits, including a homer, and two walks. He struck out five. The second reliever, Nick Mears (3.33 ERA in 24 1⁄3 IP) took the loss, as he allowed a homer in the eighth to bring Tampa to within a run, 7-6, then with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave up a walk, stolen base, a single to tie the game, another stolen base, then another single to win the game.
Bradenton had come from behind with three in the six and three more in the seventh, two coming on CF Travis Swaggerty’s (244/342/360) fourth homer of the year. LF Chris Sharpe (273/355/436) continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-5, while Robbie Glendinning, Lucas Tancas and Deon Stafford each had two hits.
Starter Osvaldo Bido (6-4, 3.73) was roughed up for six runs in five innings while his normally high-powered offense could only muster two hits on the night.
Lakewood starter Tyler McKay (1-3, 5.50) didn’t allow a hit over his four shutout innings.
Connor Kaiser and Grant Kock each had a single. Rodolfo Castro was 0-for-3 with a walk and three punchouts.