Pittsburgh Pirate Lastings Milledge was told by the front office that he needed to prove he could play his way on to the Pittsburgh Pirates roster. Do two home runs in Class A Lynchburg last night count?
Milledge had a solo shot in the first inning to put the Hillcats on top 1-0. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough proof.
He had to play the rest of the game.
He lined out in the third inning, but in the seventh after a Chase d’Arnaud walk, Milledge launched a blast to tie the score at four.
And his time in A ball was complete.
Ahhh, not so fast. The Nats of Potomac put up two runs in the seventh and eighth to take the victory 8-4. He was on deck when the Hillcats went 123 in the ninth.
I then assume he signed a few autographs and was put on a plane for Pittsburgh. He has proven his point. Let’s hit some home runs in the bigs again, kid.
It’s time to get your career started. Pride. Passion. Patience.
My Patience has worn out. Give him a black and gold jersey.
UPDATE: AAA C Erik Kratz took home the MVP at the All-Star game in Portland. He led the International League to a 6-5 victory and got this cool wooden bat. Kratz (made famous by Ian Snell for his performance in Ian’s first start in AAA this year) knocked a ball completely out of the yard for a two run homer. He also had a double and scored the International Legaue’s first run.
Daniel Moskos earned a hold in the AA All-Star game. He didn’t impress however, as he gave up three walks, a hit, and somehow allowed only one run in his inning of ‘work’. Jason Delaney knocked in the game winner with a single in the eighth inning.