Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Report – July 6th

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Feb 21, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Alen Hanson (63) poses for a photo at Pirate City. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Triple-A Indianapolis Indians

The Indianapolis Indians went 4-3 over the last week. The Indians continued to stay hot at home by taking two of three from Western Division foe, Columbus Clippers. Then, the Louisville Bats came to Indianapolis to start a three game series, the Bats took the first game but the Indians took the second game. The rubber match of the series is Monday night.

International League West Division standings:

Indianapolis Indians – 50-34

Columbus Clippers – 44-40

Louisville Bats – 41-43

Toledo Mud Hens – 37-46

Players that stood out:

INF Gift Ngoepe was called up from Altoona and has collected four hits, one stolen base and one walk and is now batting .250.

INF Alen Hanson returned from the disabled list and is now hitting .290. Since his return on July 1st, Alen has seven hits, including a home run, two RBIs, two walks, and four stolen bases.

RHP Angel Sanchez picked up two wins this week. He now has three wins since being called up from Altoona. In his two outings, he allowed nine hits, walked two, and had sixteen strikeouts. Angel has been named the International League Pitcher of the week!

1B Corey Hart was sent down by the Pirates to complete a rehab assignment. He has three hits, including two home runs, four RBIs, one walk and five strike outs. He is batting .250 thus far.

RHP Chris Volstad was sent back down by the Pirates. He suffered a loss in his return to the Indians.

OF Jose Tabata was sent down by the Pirates. He is now batting .324 with two hits, three strikeouts and a stolen base since his return.

INF Brent Morel had five hits, one RBI, two walks, and one stolen base and is now batting .251. He still leads the team with eight home runs.

OF Willy Garcia  is currently batting .177 since being called up from Altoona. He had four hits and struck out five times.

OF Jaff Decker only had one hit in the last week and is now batting .281.

C Elias Diaz only saw action in four games. He collected one hit and one walk and his average is now .263 for the year.

RHP Adrian Sampson continues to lead the team with 81 strikeouts. He suffered two losses this week and is now 6-7.

RHP Blake Wood leads the team with 21 saves. 

RHP Radhames Liz picked up the win in Wednesday’s game against Columbus. He went five innings, allowing just three hits, two walks and striking out seven. 

RHP Wilfredo Boscan picked up another win, giving him six for the season. He went 5.2 innings, giving up seven hits, three strikeouts, walking three, and allowing two earned runs.

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INF Pedro Florimon had four hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. He is now batting .239.

C Tony Sanchez  had five hits and his average is now .214 for the season.

OF Keon Broxton had four hits and his average is now .187.

1B John Bowker is now batting .226 after collecting just two hits.

P Brad Lincoln pitched in three games, 2.2 innings and allowed seven hits, four strikeouts and three walks.

Injury Report:

RHP Casey Sadler remains on the Disabled List with a forearm strain.

RHP John Holdzkom was placed on the Disabled List with a right shoulder strain. Co-Editor Tyler Waite explains here.  

LHP Clayton Richard was claimed by the Cubs. More information on this can be found here.

All Star Update:

The International League versus the Pacific Coast League All Star Game will be played on July 15th in Omaha Nebraska. The International League All Star Team will feature Elias Diaz, Blake Wood and Alen Hanson. For more information on these selections and the rest of the International League All Star Team, check out this link.

The All Star Futures game will be played Sunday, July 12th as part of the MLB All Star festivities. Elias Diaz has been selected to play in the game as a member of the World team.

A look at next week:

The Indians remain at home for one more game with the Louisville Bats. Then the Indians head to Louisville for a three game series with the Bats. Then, a weekend visit to Columbus to face the Clippers in a three game series before the All Star Break.

Next, we step down to Double-A Altoona.

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