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All Hands on Deck: Luis Escobar again allows just one run for Indianapolis

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Indianapolis (35-27) got blanked 2-0 by visiting Buffalo (28-34)

Luis Escobar pitched well but Buffalo’s David Paulino (3.80 ERA in 23 23 IP) and a collection of relievers shutout the Indians’ bats on just five hits and a walk, while they fanned twelve times.

The 23 year old right-hander Escobar (1.42 ERA in 38 IP) gave up only two hits and two walks in five and a third, but was charged Buffalo’s first run in the sixth. He walked the leadoff batter then was pulled after getting a strikeout, but Tyler Lyons served up an RBI double for the first score of the game.

No Indians batter had more than one hit. Kevin Kramer struck out three times, Cole Tucker and Ke’Bryan Hayes twice each.

Escobar, who is on the 40 man roster, was a starter from 2014 through 2018, reaching Altoona last year where he started seven games with a 4.54 ERA, but opened this year in Bradenton’s bullpen, where he didn’t allow a run in ten games. Hence promoted to Indianapolis, after two games in relief he’s made five starts, allowing four runs in 22 13 innings.


Altoona (31-30) battled back for a 5-4 win over visiting Portland (21-39)

The Curve got four of their eight hits in the bottom of the seventh, scoring twice to go ahead 5-4. Bligh Madris (236/300/332) opened with a double, followed by singles from the bats of Arden Pabst, Brett Pope and Jared Oliva (212/302/329), who had two hits.

Austin Coley opened but gave up a pair of first inning runs on three hits and a walk, but his offense got them back in the bottom of the inning on Logan Hill’s (280/358/441) two run double.

Beau Sulser (1.34 ERA in 40 13 IP) went five innings of one-run relief for the victory.


Bradenton had 1-0 first inning lead at Charlotte when the game was suspended for wet grounds. It will be resumed tomorrow (June 12)


Greensboro (41-24) fell 2-1 to visiting Hickory (39-23)

Colin Selby (2-1, 3.38) allowed just three hits and three walks in five innings, but all three hits and two of the three walk came in a third inning that saw Hickory score their only two runs of the game.

The Grasshoppers never got their bats going, collecting five singles and four walks. Their lone run came in the sixth when Connor Kaiser singled home Fabricio Macias.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (5-4) were crushed 17-6 by visiting Cubs-1 (3-6)

The Pirates did have a pair of home runs, a solo shot by DH Franrielis Bastardo, his first. and a three-run shot by C Darwin Baez, his second.

Pirates-2 (7-2) cruised to a 14-5 win at the Mariners (4-5)

Four batters had two hits apiece and LF Carlos Arroyo his his first home run.


Disabled List

2019-06-04 Indianapolis - OF Trayvon Robinson

2019-06-04 Bradenton - RHP Cody Bolton, right groin strain

2019-05-22 Bradenton - LHP Ike Schlabach

2019-05-17 Bradenton - LHP Oddy Nunez, back strain

2019-05-16 Altoona - RHP Tate Scioneaux, left ankle sprain

2019-05-10 Greensboro - SS Zach Kone, right shoulder strain

2019-05-04 Bradenton - RHP Drew Fischer, right elbow strain

2019-04-28 Indianapolis - RHP J.T. Brubaker, right forearm strain

2019-04-28 Bradenton - SS Oeil Cruz, right foot fracture

2019-04-26 Altoona - 2B Steven Alemais, right shoulder strain

2019-04-21 Indianapolis - RHP Brandon Maurer, right knee inflammation

2019-04-04 Greensboro - RHP Travis McGregor, recovering from Sept 2018 Tommy John surgery

2019-04-04 Altoona - RHP Gage Hinsz, right forearm strain