Both the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians and the Double-A Altoona Curve put up strong offensive performances on Saturday.
The Indians fell just short against the high-flying Toledo Mud Hens, while the Curve won handily with a strong start from pitcher Aaron Shortridge in their penultimate regular season game.
Here are the notable performances from Saturday night.
Indianapolis Indians (70-69)
DH Brendt Citta
- Game: 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk
- Season: .266/.352/.450, 8 doubles, four home runs, 20 RBIs, 32 games
LF Blake Sabol
- Game: 1 for 2 with a homer, three walks and an RBI
- Season: .315/.448/.611, two doubles, a triple, four home runs, 12 RBIs, 16 games
The Indians fell to the Toledo Mud Hens 8-7, but Sabol and Citta did their part in the shootout. Citta tied the game 2-2 in the first inning with his home run, and Sabol pulled the Indians within a run with a solo shot in the ninth.
Center fielder Travis Swaggerty walked twice and scored a run, and Jared Oliva hit an RBI single.
Altoona Curve (71-65)
LF Connor Scott
- Game: 2 for 4 with two home runs, four RBIs
- Season: .247/.307/.391, twenty-five doubles, seven home runs, 49 RBIs, 108 games
P Aaron Shortridge
- Game: 7.0 IP, three hits allowed, three K’s, 0 ER
- Season: 3-4, 4.88 ERA, 37 K’s in 55.1 IP, fourteen starts
Scott, a 2018 first-round draft pick by the Marlins, pulled two home runs toward the Skyliner, a roller coaster beyond the right-field fence in Altoona. Shortridge worked efficiently, navigating seven innings on just 84 pitches as his defense backed him up. Usual suspects second baseman Liover Peguero and catcher Endy Rodriguez both made it on base three times, and Rodriguez contributed a caught stealing from behind the dish as the Curve beat the Reading Fightin’ Phils 6-1.